The Education Evolving Blog

August 28, 2019

A message of support and encouragement to her colleagues from a Minneapolis teacher of color.

August 5, 2019 · By Alex Vitrella

Research clearly shows all students benefit from having teachers of diverse racial and ethnic identities. But policies and initiatives have neglected to address the constructs within schools that frustrate those who don’t identify as part of the dominant culture, leading many students to disengage and teachers to leave the profession. EE’s Alex Vitrella talked with some of those who have stayed—and learned what makes them stay.

July 10, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

When teachers leave it has detrimental effects on students and schools. When we dig deeper on the data for teachers of color, we find that the problem is exacerbated. Why do teachers of color leave at higher rates than white teachers? To answer this question, we examined national, state, and local data, and some Minnesota policy initiatives implemented over the past three decades.

June 28, 2019

Letitia Johnson-Davis, an elementary principal in Los Angeles, shares reflections on how their culturally responsive and autonomous school community has engaged and invigorated teachers, and in turn has kept student needs at the center of school design.

June 13, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

Standards for the core set of teaching knowledge and skills all teacher candidates in Minnesota teacher preparation programs learn are under review. Here we describe nine areas we recommend strengthening or adding when drafting new Standards.

May 23, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

We provide an overview of some of the policy provisions that did and didn’t make the cut this legislative session. The list of policies that were not adopted is long and several of them are likely to come up again in the 2020 session.

May 8, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

This Q&A-style post highlights lessons learned from a Minneapolis school that has focused on building positive culture and climate with teachers.

April 10, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

The 2019 legislative session is more than half way done and the education omnibus bills for both chambers have been published. Education Evolving has been following several bills that would advance innovation and student-centered learning for all of Minnesota’s students. This post recaps how each chamber approached these issues and EE’s stance.

March 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

In this post, we describe three lenses from education theory and research that speak directly to negative sentiments we’ve heard too often in our work with teachers over the years: positive school culture and climate; teacher collective efficacy; and culturally responsive school leadership.

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 iNACOL—and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators testified in support of the bill. We describe the need for SF485, and what’s in the bill.

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