The Education Evolving Blog

October 14, 2013 · By Ted Kolderie

It's time to start reconsidering the old institution of 'adolescence'. Have a look at Ted's Commentary on the topic in the StarTribune, October 13 2013.

June 24, 2013

See, hear and feel what it's like to be inside a school where teachers are calling the shots. Check out these captivating short videos from the soon to be released film, Good Morning Mission Hill: The Freedom to Teach.

June 17, 2013 · By Ted Kolderie

My June 9 commentary has now been circulated pretty widely around the country. It's drawn a good deal of favorable response. Clearly it has also distressed some people. Raising uncomfortable questions does upset people. But good decisions come only out of full discussion.

June 14, 2013 · By Ted Kolderie

Is is sensible to use a one-dimensional definition of achievement? Is it fair? So far as proficiency in reading and math is a goal -- and it is, for all students -- is conventional school really the only route to achievement for all students?

May 24, 2013 · By Lars Esdal

Why does our whole discussion about improving learning go on with no one questioning the old institution of adolescence? Kolderie asserts: young people are today the most discriminated-against class of people in our society.

May 17, 2013 · By Guest Blogger

Teacher and former State Senator Julie Sabo reflects on how standardization has impacted the way her students describe their hopes and dreams. She also questions our current definition of achievement, and wonders whether the "achievement gap" may be better described as a "testing gap."

May 16, 2013

Students report that they are eager to learn about potential jobs and careers. Teachers at Boston's Mission Hill K-8 School demonstrate that learning academic skills and having real-life, professional experiences alongside adults need not be mutually exclusive.

April 30, 2013 · By Dan Loritz

NPR tells a sobering tale on how little has changed since the Reagan administration released its report back in 1983, warning of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American public education. "There's been very little innovation in schools since," said EE's Ted Kolderie.

April 26, 2013 · By Ted Kolderie

E|E's Ted Kolderie urges the importance of incorporating a "bottom-up," teacher-driven approach to innovation to complement the "top-down" approach.


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