Posts About "system reform"

November 7, 2013 · By Ted Kolderie

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The growing desire to 'do something' about education is paralleled by a growing uncertainty about what exactly to do. A project organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Education concluded: "If we keep doing what we're doing, we're never going to get there". It concluded that the basic K-12 system will have to be changed in some fundamental way.

Jal Mehta at HGSE wrote the book setting out its five possible 'futures for school reform...

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...

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...

October 24, 2012 · By Joe Graba

We now have links to media coverage from Pasi Sahlberg’s recent visit to Minnesota. The Finnish education expert was only in the Twin Cities for a few days, but the impression he made on teachers, policymakers, and community members will last a long time. Amid his full schedule of speaking engagements, Sahlberg was able to make time for interviews with local education reporters when he was in the Twin Cities at the invitation of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, the Minnesota...

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...

August 20, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

You might ask: Why another blog about education? What do you have to say that others don't already say?

Fair enough.


Through this blog, Education Evolving will ask and answer the questions of “How?” – which others generally aren’t doing. Too much of the discussion elsewhere deplores the problems and reaffirms the goals. But the important question is: “How do we get it done?”

For more than 20 years, Education Evolving has concentrated on broadening and deepening the...