The Education Evolving Blog

January 7, 2019

This post was written by Education Evolving staff

We hope your year is off to a great start! 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. Below are some highlights from the last year, and how they set us up for the new one.

Advocating for and Informing Education Policy Change

In 2018: We advocated for and helped to implement...

December 19, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) joined several other states when it released its updated “Report Card” website as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Many of the new ESSA reporting requirements focus on increasing transparency and providing families,...

December 12, 2018 · By Marcus Penny

Designing for Success conference banner

The first weekend of December, more than 320 educators and supporters convened in Boston for the third Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference. Designing for Success, the theme of the sold out 2018 gathering, was tailored to attendees interested in professionalizing teacher roles and moving school decisions and design toward those closest to the students—teachers.

For attendees, the conference was a welcome chance to...

November 2, 2018 · By Marcus Penny

Now that it’s November, we at Education Evolving are focused on our upcoming Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference. Kicking off November 30 in Boston, the conference is the culmination of months of planning, and an opportunity to convene a national network of teachers designing and leading student-centered schools.

With that in mind, we’re taking a break from the blog until we get to the other side of this event.

While we’re out, we hope you’ll check out some of our recent publications:

October 17, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

Last week, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) adopted rule for the new, four-tiered teacher licensure system. This is a huge milestone in what has been a long and sometimes contentious rulemaking process. In particular, the past couple of months have been very busy for PELSB, as they have had to make rule changes to address...

October 4, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

Earlier this week, Secretary DeVos announced the US Department of Education (USDE) had approved New Hampshire as the second state to participate in the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) Innovative Assessment Pilot. New Hampshire joins Louisiana, which was the first state Secretary Devos approved to participate in the Pilot.


September 11, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On August 30, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the first round of 485 schools identified to receive support under the state’s new North Star accountability system, as required by the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Specifically, schools can be identified for comprehensive support, targeted support, or more general support from MDE.

Immediately following the release, news coverage spoke about the new accountability system overall, provided names of the identified schools, and...

August 31, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On August 30, the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB), the new state entity which oversees teacher licensure, held a special board meeting to address defects in their rule draft that Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), Barbara Case, found in her August 16 report. PELSB had previously met on August 22 to review possible changes to correct the defects, with...

August 15, 2018 · By Lars Esdal

Conflict resolution. Statistics. Self-advocacy. Science and math. Entrepreneurship. Job interviews. Problem-solving. Types of power. Building strong networks. Their own history.

These were some of the answers students, staff, families, and community members of Patrick Henry High School gave during a gathering last Friday to the question, “What topics should students learn about in school?”

Patrick Henry, a district high school in North Minneapolis that serves primarily low-income students and students of color, is part of a growing movement of public schools and districts...

August 8, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

This week, the Office of Higher Education announced the five recipients of the State’s first Alternative Teacher Preparation Grant Program:

  • Southwest West Central Service Cooperative
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Minnesota
  • Lakes Country Service Cooperative
  • The New Teacher Project
  • Teach For America

According to Larry Pogemiller, the Commissioner of the Office of Higher Education, “The five chosen programs all demonstrate innovative...


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