Posts About "innovation"

December 9, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

Through the good efforts of Tim McDonald, an E|E associate now studying at the Kennedy School of Government, I spent November 28-30 in some unexpectedly useful conversations at Harvard.

Tim had arranged sessions about 'public services redesign' with students at the Harvard Kennedy School, at the Graduate School of Education, and with David Ellwood, the dean of the Kennedy School (with whose father, Paul, I'd worked on health-policy questions in Minnesota years back).

Bob Schwartz, now again in the faculty of...

December 2, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie reflects on the true meaning of innovation -- and resistance to it -- in a major op-ed published in today's print edition of the Minneapolis StarTribune. Full text below:

Innovation seems to be on everyone's mind these days. It's on Gov. Mark Dayton's. His top staffers are going around with a presentation that talks about "Minnesota: A State of Innovation."

Minnesota is challenged, the presentation says. We need to get the state "working again." Innovation is important for both...

November 16, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Education Evolving senior associate Ted Kolderie spoke to hundreds of charter school leaders at last week’s Charter Schools Development Center’s (CSDC) leadership update conference in Irvine, California. The annual conference is designed to help charter board members, developers, teachers and administrators excel by providing critical information on the latest fiscal, legislative, and regulatory changes affecting charter schools. CSDC works with almost half the chartered schools in California, now the nation's largest chartering state.

At the conference, Kolderie talked with CSDC...

November 14, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Our recently launched short film, which has now received more than 2,000 views on YouTube, is the subject of an article by MinnPost education writer Beth Hawkins. The video, entitled “A Split Screen Strategy,” features elementary teacher Ananth Pai, his innovative approach to teaching, and the high achievement his students are realizing.

Here are excerpts from Hawkins’ piece:

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November 1, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

Today we're happy to release our summer project: a powerful policy short film about teachers' role with innovation in school.

You'll see, and hear the students in, a third-grade classroom where the learning has been individualized, using games for language and math.

It is:...

September 27, 2012 · By Dan Loritz

If you have three minutes to spare, we recommend you take a look at this NBC piece about an innovative chartered school in Yuma, Arizona, which is challenging the status quo of education. Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School consists of one giant classroom with about 200 cubicles. At the school, teachers assume the role of tutors instead of group instructors, and its education model centers on computer-based...

September 19, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

"I had come to see that it was often useless to make a frontal attack on problems, since they have not arisen by themselves, but are the product of circumstances. Only by modifying the circumstances -- "lateral thinking" -- can one disperse the difficulties they create. So I had become accustomed to seeking out and trying to change whatever was causing the blockage."

It might help with problems like "the Chicago strike" if this wise counsel -- from a superb negotiator who succeeded with some seemingly intractable public problems -- were taken to heart; if some 'lateral...

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