The Education Evolving Blog

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,...

December 3, 2012 · By Joe Graba

Readers of Ember Reichgott Junge’s new book, Zero Chance of Passage, will find something very uplifting (appendix pp. 288-303). It’s a commentary written by Louise Sundin, longtime president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) and a co-founder of the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), about how the union gradually softened its opinion, and eventually came to view Minnesota chartering laws as an opportunity for teachers to gain the autonomy, authority and responsibility to create truly professional models for teaching.

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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...

November 28, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Education Evolving associates Bob Wedl and Kim Farris-Berg were quoted in a recent Star Tribune article about Pierre Bottineau French Immersion School, Minnesota’s first self-governed district school. The school, which is part of the Minneapolis district, has the features of a chartered school, but operates within a district framework.

Wedl is a former Minnesota education commissioner and Farris-Berg is the co-author of a...

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 16, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Education Evolving senior associate Ted Kolderie spoke to hundreds of charter school leaders at last week’s Charter Schools Development Center’s (CSDC) leadership update conference in Irvine, California. The annual conference is designed to help charter board members, developers, teachers and administrators excel by providing critical information on the latest fiscal, legislative, and regulatory changes affecting charter schools. CSDC works with almost half the chartered schools in California, now the nation's largest chartering state.

At the conference, Kolderie talked with CSDC...

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 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...

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