The Education Evolving Blog

October 22, 2012

On October 16, a groundbreaking book authored by two Education Evolving associates was launched. Trusting Teachers with School Success confronts the existing role of teachers in public K-12 settings and asks what would teachers do if they had the autonomy not just to make classroom decisions, but to collectively—with their colleagues—make the decisions influencing whole school success?

Examining the designs and cultures of schools where teachers already call the shots, Education Evolving Senior Associates Kim Farris-Berg...

October 19, 2012 · By Joe Graba

During the last few days we have been able to continue a conversation we started 4 months ago with Pasi Sahlberg.

Pasi, the leading “explainer” of the Finnish school system, has spoken to rooms full of teachers, policymakers and community members, and has been interviewed by a number of local reporters.

Regardless of the audience, everyone has the same fundamental question: How did Finland become the top school system in the world? Pasi’s latest book, Finnish Lessons provides a...

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 9, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

Everybody talks about wanting good teaching. It would be nice if as a first step someone would define 'teaching'.

So far as a body can tell, listening to the discussion, teaching is whole-class instruction -- which has to be combined, of course, with 'classroom management'. A good teacher, Bill Gates said several times to the Education Commission of the States in Atlanta in July, "calms the classroom".

Endlessly it's "classroom" . . . "classroom" . . . "classroom".

But in the classroom are 25 or 30 students who differ, sometimes widely, in their backgrounds,...

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...

October 2, 2012

Originally published in Education Week September 25, 2012, Vol. 32, Issue 05.

Last month, in his much-lauded speech to the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made "we believe in teachers" one of his central themes. This prompts the questions: What does it mean to believe in teachers? And, do we?

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September 27, 2012 · By Dan Loritz

If you have three minutes to spare, we recommend you take a look at this NBC piece about an innovative chartered school in Yuma, Arizona, which is challenging the status quo of education. Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School consists of one giant classroom with about 200 cubicles. At the school, teachers assume the role of tutors instead of group instructors, and its education model centers on computer-based...

September 19, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

"I had come to see that it was often useless to make a frontal attack on problems, since they have not arisen by themselves, but are the product of circumstances. Only by modifying the circumstances -- "lateral thinking" -- can one disperse the difficulties they create. So I had become accustomed to seeking out and trying to change whatever was causing the blockage."

It might help with problems like "the Chicago strike" if this wise counsel -- from a superb negotiator who succeeded with some seemingly intractable public problems -- were taken to heart; if some 'lateral...

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