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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.

Olson Middle School in North Minneapolis has undertaken a number of ambitious initiatives the last couple of years in an effort to...

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...

February 21, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

From January through May, the newscycle and policy discussions are dominated by happenings at the Capitol. While that’s going on this year, however, a lesser known but incredibly important discussion around what skills, knowledge, and dispositions teacher candidates must understand and demonstrate before they receive a license has been taking place at the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).

Specifically, on September 14 PELSB opened rulemaking for the Standards of Effective Practice (SEP), which are...

February 7, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Teachers have long been identified as the number one in-school factor influencing student outcomes. Conversely, teacher turnover, which has increased 20 to 30 percent over the last several decades, is correlated with lower student outcomes and contributes to school cultures where churn and...

January 31, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Last week, the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill (SF485) that would explicitly authorize schools and districts to do competency-based education (CBE).

The bill is the culmination of conversations and collaboration with over 100 educators, students, legislators, and advocates around Minnesota over the last two years. Its purpose is...

January 7, 2019

This post was written by Education Evolving staff

We hope your year is off to a great start! As students and teachers return from break, and legislators convene for the session, we’d like to take time to reflect on the past 12 months. After a year of partnerships cultivated and important work done, we’re resolved to make 2019 another banner year. Below are some highlights from the last year, and how they set us up for the new one.

Advocating for and Informing Education Policy Change

In 2018: We advocated for and helped to implement...

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