The Education Evolving Blog

July 10, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

This is the seventh post in a year-long blog series on teacher retention. In a prior post we examined the factors that contribute to high teacher turnover. In this entry, we look at local, state, and national data for why turnover rates are higher for teachers of color than their white peers.

Throughout this blog series we have written...

June 28, 2019

This is the sixth post in a year-long blog series on teacher retention. In the prior post we highlighted lessons learned from a school that has focused on building positive culture and climate. In this entry, we hear from a school principal on how their culturally responsive school has engaged teachers.

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June 13, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

Even though the legislative session wrapped up last month, this doesn’t mean policymaking has ended. In February, we wrote about a lesser known but significant policy discussion that is currently happening at the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) around the skills, knowledge, and dispositions teacher candidates must understand and demonstrate before they receive a license.

The conversation started on September 14 when PELSB opened rulemaking for the...

May 23, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

On Monday, as the 2019 Minnesota legislative session was about to end, Governor Walz, Speaker Hortman, and Majority Leader Gazelka finalized the budget for the education omnibus bill. In total, the E-12 budget included an increase of $543 million in new money for the biennium. The items that comprise the vast majority of the budget increase include:

  • General education formula increases by 2 percent for FY2020 and 2 percent for FY2021.
  • Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)...
May 8, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

This is the fifth post in a year-long blog series on teacher retention. In the prior post we discussed approaches used to improve school working conditions and teacher retention. Here we highlight lessons learned from a school that has focused on these approaches—in particular, on building positive culture and climate....

April 10, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

We are more than halfway through the 2019 legislative session and the education omnibus bills (HF2400 and SF7) for both chambers have been published. Throughout the session, Education Evolving has been...

March 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

This is the fourth post in a year-long blog series on teacher retention. The prior post explored some of the reasons why teachers leave their jobs and the profession. This post digs deeper on the school-level reasons that teachers leave, and how to address them.

Consider three sentiments that—unfortunately—we’ve heard too often in our work with teachers...

March 1, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

On February 27, the Senate’s E-12 Finance and Policy Committee had a hearing on Senate File 485, a bill that would legitimize and create the opportunity for competency-based education in Minnesota. Alongside Education Evolving, two national organizations—KnowledgeWorks and...

February 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

This is the third post in a series on retaining teachers. The prior post looked at the data on teacher turnover and why it matters. This post explores the factors that contribute to high turnover.

Addressing the problem of teacher turnover—and the negative effects on students, teachers, and schools that come with it—requires looking deeply at its...

February 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

This month we kicked off a year-long blog series on the topic of teacher retention. In this first post, we begin by summarizing the data that’s available on the problem of teacher turnover and evidence on the negative impacts of this turnover.

Earlier this month, the Professional Education Standards and Licensing Board (PELSB...

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