The Education Evolving Blog

May 8, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

This Q&A-style post highlights lessons learned from a Minneapolis school that has focused on building positive culture and climate with teachers.

April 10, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

The 2019 legislative session is more than half way done and the education omnibus bills for both chambers have been published. Education Evolving has been following several bills that would advance innovation and student-centered learning for all of Minnesota’s students. This post recaps how each chamber approached these issues and EE’s stance.

March 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

In this post, we describe three lenses from education theory and research that speak directly to negative sentiments we’ve heard too often in our work with teachers over the years: positive school culture and climate; teacher collective efficacy; and culturally responsive school leadership.

March 1, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

On February 27, the Senate’s E-12 Finance and Policy Committee had a hearing on Senate File 485, a bill that would legitimize and create the opportunity for competency-based education in Minnesota. Alongside Education Evolving, two national organizations—KnowledgeWorks and iNACOL—and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators testified in support of the bill. We describe the need for SF485, and what’s in the bill.

February 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Addressing the problem of teacher turnover requires looking deeply at its root causes. This post explores the data available on why teachers leave the profession.

February 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

A summary of available data on the problem of teacher turnover, and a review of evidence on the negative impacts of this turnover.

February 21, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

PELSB has opened rulemaking on the Standards of Effective Practice for the first time since 1999. Read here to find out Education Evolving’s preliminary recommendations for how the SEP can be improved and our ongoing engagement efforts to ensure that teacher voice is represented throughout the rulemaking process.

February 7, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Introduction to our new blog series focused on the growing problem of teacher turnover, and highlighting the stories of schools, strategies, programs, and leaders that buck this trend.

January 31, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Last week, the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill that would explicitly authorize schools and districts to do competency-based education. The bill’s purpose is to create space and opportunity for public schools to catalyze richer, more equitable, student-centered learning experiences. We break down the what and why of competency-based education—what it is and how it departs from conventional school models, and four reasons why it matters.

January 7, 2019

As students and teachers return from break, and legislators convene for the session, we’d like to take time to reflect on the past 12 months. After a year of partnerships cultivated and important work done, we’re resolved to make 2019 another banner year. In this post we look at highlights from the last year, and how they set us up for the new one.

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