Posts About "teacher leadership"

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 6, 2012

Teacher partnerships create innovative learning programs, often rooted in research, for the students they serve. But what is considered "achievement" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) remains the same. If students don't achieve by NCLB's definition, then schools are at risk of closing and teachers are at risk of losing their autonomy, even if the students are achieving by other measures. Teachers explained, "This can hinder our ability—and destroy our incentive to innovate!"

Paul Krafel, naturalist and teacher/founder of Chrysalis Charter School,...

November 21, 2012

Education Evolving’s latest book, Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots is now available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other online booksellers. E-books (from Kindle, Nook, and other vendors) will also be available starting Friday, November 23.

Now is the...

November 20, 2012 · By Dan Loritz

Another important figure in K-12 reform has connected with Education Evolving. Barnett Berry, the president and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), met with us over lunch on Monday, November 19 during his short visit to Minnesota.

Based in North Carolina, CTQ is a nonprofit policy research organization that is dedicated to advancing teaching as a results-oriented profession and developing specific tactics for improving student learning. Since its founding in...

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:...

October 18, 2012

How would our education system be different if we empowered teachers to make decisions that influence the entire school? A provocative new book asserts that this approach would create the schools that many of us profess to want.

Released earlier this week, Trusting Teachers with School Success examines the designs and cultures of schools where teachers already call the shots. Authors Kim Farris-Berg and Edward Dirkswager found that teachers encourage colleagues and students to be active, ongoing learners in an effort to...

October 16, 2012

Today is a very special day for Education Evolving. We are delighted to announce today’s release of Trusting Teachers with School Success, a book that confronts the status quo of K-12 education. Authored by Education Evolving associates Kim Farris-Berg and Edward Dirkswager, the book depicts how schools could be improved if we trusted...

October 12, 2012

Our nation’s current strategy for improving schools is largely focused on controlling teachers and school operations. A new book by Education Evolving senior associates Kim Farris-Berg and Edward Dirkswager advocates the opposite – that trusting teachers is the key to school success.

Trusting Teachers with School Success, to be released October 16, asks teachers what they would...

October 5, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

The goals of improving the profession of teaching and giving teachers the authority to design better methods for learning have been central to the work of Education Evolving and its associates for more than three decades. We believe teachers who have authority and accountability for the decisions influencing whole-school success, are in the best position to lead innovation and improvement. Trusting teachers, and not controlling them, is a promising improvement strategy to pursue.

Two of our senior associates, Kim...

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