Posts About "innovation"

October 18, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

On October 13th, 58 education advocates from around the state gathered at the invitation of Education Evolving to hear Kelly Young, executive director at Education Reimagined, give a presentation on the new organization’s work promoting learner-centered education.

Young began by posing a question to the group: “What do you most want kids to experience when they are learning?” Audience responses varied, including: confidence, entrepreneurial spirit, excitement, cultural-competency, and joy. Despite the different answers, there was a...

June 21, 2016 · By John Kostouros

The Minnesota Association of Charter Schools (MACS) has published the criteria it will use for the first Minnesota Charter School Innovation Awards Program. The contest is open to all Minnesota charter schools. The application form as well as an informational webinar are available on the MACS website.

The award program, the first of its kind in Minnesota, was created to showcase some of the most innovative practices being used in Minnesota’s charter schools—and also to focus attention on the important...

February 24, 2016 · By Ted Kolderie

We in Education Evolving (E|E) seem to be identified with ‘innovation’; less, though, with what innovation is than with the thorny question of how to get it to happen. If pressed ourselves to define our role we’re likely to say it’s “to increase the system capacity for change”.

For years those of us involved have worked to improve the incentives in public K-12 . . . defining ‘incentive’ as a reason combined with an opportunity. Success requires both. If organizations get an opportunity to change but no reason to use that opportunity, nothing happens. Give them a reason to...

October 21, 2014 · By Ted Kolderie

Just too late . . . just after my book arrived from the printer's . . . I came across Paul Kennedy's Engineers of Victory. I would love to have been able to include what he wrote about the critical role of innovation in winning World War II: It is so on-point with what I was trying to say about the need for innovation in education. I did pick up the story in a Commentary I wrote for Education Week, that appeared September 24. Here's an...

April 26, 2013 · By Ted Kolderie

A story in the Pioneer Press earlier this week, More green lights, less red tape for Innovation Zone schools, explains Minnesota's developing interest in innovation, though it doesn't quite capture how we at Education Evolving believe innovation can most effectively appear in schools.

At Education Evolving we see innovation as both "top-down" and "bottom-up." The "innovation zone" legislation from a year ago encourages administrators...

February 26, 2013 · By Lars Esdal

Tom Vander Ark’s recent post in his Education Week blog on innovation is all about the shifting landscape of education in Minnesota. In his blog entry, Vander Ark surveys the advocacy and policy groups working in the state, and even pokes fun at the frigid Minnesota weather (easy for him to say from Phoenix!). Below are his remarks on Education Evolving.

The most interesting national voice is the...

February 21, 2013 · By Ted Kolderie

I made a few possibly provocative observations and suggestions about the 'How' of innovation when talking in Nashville February 6 to the heads of the state charter-school associations and support organizations.

Listen to a short excerpt (about 5 minutes):
Click here to play

In brief, what I said was:

  1. Today...
January 16, 2013 · By Lars Esdal

We increasingly believe there need to be entities within the K12 system charged with promoting innovation, and encouraging applications to start new, quality schools. Charter school authorizers may be good candidates for this role.

One example of this is Innovative Quality Schools (IQS), a single-purpose charter school authorizer in Minnesota. IQS has issued a...

January 7, 2013 · By Lars Esdal

Our own Ted Kolderie has written a blog entry that was featured last Friday on Tom Vander Ark’s Getting Smart blog. Kolderie’s post discusses our split screen strategy, which supports developing new and different models of school while also doing everything possible to improve existing district schools.

Kolderie’s most recent paper, Where National Education Policy Goes Next – To Succeed, explains why the current strategy for K-12 education...

December 12, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

We sense a growing, spreading, desire to re-think the strategy for education -- both the 'what' of school and the 'how' of change.

We've just released a new paper, which proposes a new and different 'theory of action'.

We do need very different schools, and approaches to learning. But, being practical, we can't vote-in radical change. Rather, we need to arrange for K-12 to change the way successful systems change. Through innovation.

I hope you...

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