Initiatives

A sampling of our current initiatives includes:

Competency-Based Education

We believe in learning where students advance by demonstrating mastery of clearly articulated learning objectives, rather than by age, receiving extra support when they struggle and new challenges when they’ve ready to move on.

Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative

We're supporting and empowering a growing network of teachers who have secured the autonomy to design and run schools, to promote student-centered learning and advance the profession of teaching. This includes creating resources and guides, hosting workshops, providing direct support to groups of teachers, and more.

Teacher-Powered Minnesota Network

We support a network of approximately 25 Minnesota teacher-powered schools, helping them to collaborate and share best-practices. This involves hosting networking events and speakers, presenting professional development workshops, offering direct support to teacher teams, and more.

Retaining Teachers: Fostering Conditions Where Talent Thrives

A year-long blog series looking at the causes of—and solutions to—the problem of teacher turnover. The series will explore research and stories of working conditions, leaders/leadership teams, policy conditions, and other factors that enable talent to thrive.

Policy and Innovation Blog

We cover relevant and timely federal and Minnesota education policy topics and tell stories of schools innovating with student-centered learning.

Student-Centered Learning Policy Advisory Council

Education Evolving convenes a council of practitioners who share our values around student-centered learning. While all members of the group are committed to student-centered learning, they will be at different phases and stages of implementation.

Events

We're holding regular public events, with speakers primarily from out-of-state, on current education policy topics. Our goal is to enrich the policy discussion in Minnesota, by bringing in fresh ideas and perspectives from other states.

Innovation Inside Districts

We're working to connect and support innovators inside school districts, including by assisting with the implementation of the new Innovation Research Zone law, passed in 2017.

Education Policy Fellowship Program

Each year we are co-sponsor of a nine month fellowship program on state and federal policy development, and the leadership that is necessary to influence policy development.

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