The Education Evolving Blog

March 30, 2020 · By Lars Esdal

Last Thursday, legislators came together to pass a bill designed to address the growing Covid-19 pandemic. The governor signed the bill on Saturday. We look at what this means education policy and the remainder of the legislative session.

March 9, 2020 · By Marcus Penny

Competency-based education forms the foundation of schools like Northwest Passage High School and High School for Recording Arts. We spoke to both schools to learn how their models support students for whom traditional approaches have failed.

February 13, 2020 · By Danyika Leonard

Minnesota reconvened its 91st legislative session on Tuesday, February 11. We lay out our policy priorities for the year—including competency-based education and reimagining teacher preparation—and highlight key education issues worth watching in 2020.

December 31, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Strategies that state policymakers use to help retain teachers fall into three main buckets: improving initial teacher preparation; supporting teachers’ on-boarding and development; and expanding opportunities for teacher professionalism and leadership. We summarize them here.

December 5, 2019 · By Marcus Penny

We talked to district administrators to ask, “How do you foster an ecosystem where teacher talent thrives?” This is what we heard.

November 14, 2019

With a teacher shortage affecting schools across the nation, the University of St. Thomas School of Education and Education Evolving teamed up to examine what can be done to increase teacher retention and what conditions enable teachers to thrive in their schools.

October 10, 2019

A former Minneapolis teacher, Dr. Rose Chu, shares how mentorship was a necessary sustaining support throughout each stage of her teaching career.

October 3, 2019 · By Marcus Penny

At Park Center Senior High, Pang Yang is teaching a heritage language course for native Hmong speakers. But the course is more than about language, culture, and history—it’s about the exploration of identity.

September 26, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

On Monday, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) announced the first draft of revised rules for the standards educators learn in Minnesota teacher preparation programs. We summarize the most significant changes in the new draft teacher standards.

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