Posts About "school design"

November 21, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

Every weekday morning at 8:20 am, Dr. Charvez Russell, executive director of Friendship Academy of the Arts (FAA), a K-6 charter school in the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis, joins his students in the cafeteria. He delivers a ten-minute inspirational message, drawing on books, articles, and recent events to extol the virtues of respect and leadership, and making sure to use animated hand gestures to engage the younger students.

The point of addressing the students, according to Dr. Russell, is to help students set aside the “backpack of challenges” many of them face at...

October 26, 2016 · By Krista Kaput

In September 2015, President Obama and Xi Jinping, President of China, announced the One Million Strong initiative, which aims to increase the number of K-12 students in the United States studying Mandarin from 200,000 to 1 million by the year 2020.

In 2006, long before this initiative was announced, Yinghua Academy (Yinghua) opened its doors to 79 students in Saint Paul. It was the first Chinese immersion charter school in the United States and first Chinese immersion school in the Midwest. Ten years later, Yinghua...

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...

April 25, 2013 · By Lars Esdal

Next Monday, April 29th, a Minnesota chartered school authorizer, Innovative Quality Schools, will be holding a conference on school redesign. Education Evolving associate Robert Wedl is on the IQS leadership team.

Highlights:

  • Learn about redesigning school for the 21st-century. Includes discussion of: individualized learning, non-traditional ways of measuring achievement, and the "Age 3-to-Grade 3" approach to primary school.
  • Learn about different organizational and...
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...

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...