Posts About "minnesota"

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...

April 15, 2013 · By Lars Esdal

EE's Curt Johnson appeared on TPT's Redesigning MN: Educating the Workforce series on April 5, 2013. Curt says: "big, rapid and inevitable changes" are coming to higher ed due to the converging forces of relentlessly rising cost, and emerging online technology. Also: students are questioning the value of going to college and "collecting credits" as a ticket to the marketplace.

Johnson challenges college faculty saying, "if you can see the future coming and help design it—rather then deny it and rather then...

April 3, 2013

By Curtis Johnson

Originally guest-blogged on the LearnmoreMN blog, April 02, 2013.

Perhaps the ‘perfect storm’ metaphor is overused. But it’s an apt description of the forces converging on higher education these days. Graduation rates for most institutions remain stubbornly low; employers chronically complain that those who do graduate don’t know what they need to know or have the skills jobs...

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...

December 31, 2012 · By Dan Loritz

We at Education Evolving try to spend most of our time looking forward. But as this year comes to an end, we want to take a moment to look back on our work in 2012. Below are a few highlights.

Legislation on individualized learning

Earlier this year, the Minnesota legislature passed Education Evolving’s legislation to permit districts to give their schools the authority to individualize learning. On May 1 Governor Mark Dayton signed the education omnibus bill, a provision of which allows...

December 28, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Education Evolving senior associate Curt Johnson will be among several panelists featured in an important, televised conversation about redesigning education in Minnesota.

The Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) program, Redesigning MN: A Lesson in Change is an eight part series that explores the dramatic impact the looming retirement of more than a million baby boomers will have on Minnesota. Tonight’s 56-minute show will begin at 7pm, and will be focused on education. Curt and other panelists will discuss ways to innovate and improve K-12...

December 3, 2012 · By Joe Graba

Readers of Ember Reichgott Junge’s new book, Zero Chance of Passage, will find something very uplifting (appendix pp. 288-303). It’s a commentary written by Louise Sundin, longtime president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) and a co-founder of the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), about how the union gradually softened its opinion, and eventually came to view Minnesota chartering laws as an opportunity for teachers to gain the autonomy, authority and responsibility to create truly professional models for teaching.

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November 28, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Education Evolving associates Bob Wedl and Kim Farris-Berg were quoted in a recent Star Tribune article about Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School, Minnesota’s first self-governed district school. The school, which is part of the Minneapolis district, has the features of a chartered school, but operates within a district framework.

Wedl is a former Minnesota education commissioner and Farris-Berg is the co-author of a...

August 29, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

I want to share with you an important piece of research on chartered schools conducted by longtime Minnesota superintendent Dr. Charles Kyte. The research was conducted at the request of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Realizing Deeper Learning: The Economics and Achievements of the Innovative Chartered School Model”...