Blog posts from 2010

September 27, 2010

Recently there has been discussion in the national press about the reduction of students in the special education category labeled "Learning Disabled." Many are asking what has occurred to cause this to happen. In this post Bob Wedl, former Minnesota Commissioner of Education, describes the effect one method—Response to Intervention (RTI)—can have on reading skills, and factor to the LD status of many students.

September 24, 2010

In this guest post Bob Bilyk, founder and former director Cyber Village Academy, a charter school in Saint Paul, envisions technology’s capacity to customize education for students. Now, the founder of LodeStar Learning, he argues most vendors’ curriculum is so expensive that teachers cannot mix and match curricula. He argues for a new type of school, and a new attitude that focuses on integrating the full capacities of technology to help both teachers and students access and effectively utilize Web-based information.

September 22, 2010

Two years ago, E|E’s managing partner Curt Johnson co-authored a book both explaining and predicting the rapid pace of change in American Public Education. Co-authored by Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn, a second edition of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns,” is now available on line and in major bookstores across the country.

September 20, 2010

Recently Milwaukee College Prep, the 2008 Wisconsin Charter School of the Year, stepped in to convert a failing school to a new campus. Is this sort of cooperative takeover a model that can be used elsewhere in large cities?

September 17, 2010

In a guest post for Education Innovating, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville describes the motivation behind that state’s recently-enacted Innovation Schools law, enabling districts to create schools with autonomy reflective of chartering. This significant systemic reform is similar to Boston's Pilot Schools, as well as Minnesota’s Site-Governed Schools law passed in 2009. Already in 2010 two new schools were created under the law.

September 16, 2010

The idea of organizing a school as a professional partnership has now hit the national media. This will cause discussion - we feel the need to clarify some points about this promising platform.

September 15, 2010

Why is such energy spent arguing over school reforms, when the more relevant question it seems is what the school is?

September 13, 2010

The Hope Survey is a different way of looking at assessment. It measures student perceptions of autonomy, belonging, and goal orientation—seeking to diagnose whether a school culture has the components that encourage higher levels of engagement in learning.

September 10, 2010

Fraser Speirs is a software developer and teaches computing at Cedars School of Excellence, an independent school in the UK. He maintains a blog and recently wrote about bringing iPads into their school. Here he describes their experience supplying all 106 students with an an iPad, giving them space to use it as they see fit. "It is finding many uses."

September 8, 2010

Critics have descended on the "Investing in Innovation" ("i3") program of the U.S. Department of Education. Most argue it's financing not innovation but the replication of old innovations. In a talk August 3 to the Knowledge Alliance, E|E's Ted Kolderie explained why 'continuous improvement' alone is unsound policy; why sound policy does require true innovation – followed, of course, by “improvement”.