The Education Evolving Blog

May 22, 2017 · By Lars Esdal

The word "innovation" is in vogue. But what does it really mean? Read here about the four different dimensions of innovation and how they can be scaled up in K-12 education. This post first appeared on Rick Hess' blog, Straight Up, for Education Week.

May 17, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

We analyzed the admission and enrollment applications for 47 Minnesota charter schools in order to determine if the state's charters practice unethical enrollment practices. Our analysis found that overall they do not.

May 9, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On May 4th, the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools presented four Minnesota charter schools with awards for their innovative programming. Specifically, the award categories included increased learning opportunities for all pupils, different and innovative teaching methods, different and innovative forms of measuring outcomes, and new forms of accountability for schools

May 4, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On Tuesday, the K-12 Conference Committee presented its initial version of the Education Omnibus Bill. Read about the provisions in the bill that relate to the themes of this blog: innovation, charter schools, and the Every Student Succeeds Act state accountability plan.

April 26, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On April 18th, MDE awarded 6 Minnesota charter schools Startup and Replication/Expansion Charter School Program (CSP) Grants. Read here for descriptions of the winning schools and the CSP Grant program.

April 20, 2017 · By Lars Esdal

Two common misunderstandings about teacher-powered schools are that they do not have principals, and that all decisions are made by the full teacher group coming to consensus. In practice, there is actually a wide variation in the way "collaborative leadership" works. Read here to find out more.

April 13, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On April 13th, over 120 educators, administrators, and education advocates gathered in St. Paul to learn about the School Design for Individualized Learning initiative, a joint venture of the Bush Foundation and 2Revolutions.

April 5, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Monday was the first, official deadline for states to submit their ESSA accountability plans. Even though Minnesota did not submit their plan, they can learn from what other states intend to do and, if necessary, make amendments or additions.

March 28, 2017 · By Lars Esdal

This post first appeared in Rick Hess' blog for Education Week, Straight Up. The main purpose is to discuss the emerging next generation assessments and how they might be used.

March 23, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota is currently championing two bills in the legislature that are aimed at increasing the number of teachers of color and American Indian teachers in the Minnesota. Read here for key provisions in the bills.


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