The Education Evolving Blog

January 28, 2011

This blog post from the New York Times comments on two tasks that are captivating state legislators and education officials: assessing teachers and speeding up disciplinary processes.

Teachers are resisting. “If the unions want to have input, they need to quickly come up with a legitimate proposal of their own.”

Perhaps the root of the resistance of unions is a wariness to be subjected to accountability when they have limited control in classrooms. In this...

January 26, 2011

See this new report from the Center for Reinventing Public Education.

Eight years of New York City’s public school reforms have significantly but incrementally improved students’ performance and graduation rates. In order to bring about more dramatic progress, the district created a ‘radical’ new initiative through which schools fundamentally change their structures and employ cutting-edge technologies to support student needs.

Launched in 2010, the Innovation Zone—iZone for short—is an ambitious...

January 21, 2011

As Detroit Public Schools manage crisis, one school moves toward teacher control. At Palmer Park Academy, Ed Week reports, the genesis of the changes occurred last summer, after a group of teachers at Palmer Park approached the district with the proposal to convert to a teacher-led arrangement, in which the school’s teachers take on the budgeting and management duties generally carried out by an administrator.

Image: Palmer Park Academy

January 17, 2011

The New York Times recently described the many schools now starting to run pilot projects with iPads. Will they stick? Won’t these go the same way as laptops?

‘School leaders say the iPad is not just a cool new toy but rather a powerful and versatile tool with a multitude of applications,’ the article says, citing the speed of development of user-created applications.

‘I think this could very well be the biggest thing to hit school technology since the overhead projector,’ a principal is...

January 12, 2011

In this op ed in the Montgomery Advertiser Gerald Shirley, Principal at School of Discovery in Selma, Alabama, describes the benefits of schools where teachers are involved in making management decisions.

“Society expects teachers to meet high standards,” she observes, but “teachers have voiced concerns. They want to be held accountable,” but want to be valued participants in the decision-making processes.

“The teacher-led school minimizes teachers' complaints...

January 7, 2011

TAGOS is a small project based charter school in Janesville Wisconsin with 80 students in grades 7-12.

In this guest post Jon Woloshin, an advisor at TAGOS, describes how a group of teachers empowered to run the school built an assessment rubric that assists them as advisors to know when to add responsibility to the students’ work load.

One day during a summer 2008 Project Based Learning conference at Minnesota New Country School, TAGOS staff were given an article, “Using a Discipline System to...

January 3, 2011

In July we posted an interview with two members from the School of One math program in New York.

Since that time the school has been gaining more and more attention, with more and more awards. It is a fascinating model.

Here’s an interesting video:

Robin Hood Hero | School of One from...

December 29, 2010

This article in the New York Times describes how football fields in Los Angeles may now be sponsored by Nike.

Facing another potential round of huge budget cuts, the Los Angeles school board unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday night to allow the district to seek corporate sponsorships as a way to get money to the schools.

As they discussed the proposal at Tuesday night’s meeting, several board members expressed distaste with the idea of opening up schools to business, but...

December 27, 2010

Last week at age 18 Danielle McBurnett become the youngest nurse practitioner in the country at age 18.

She started taking college classes at age 12, and graduated high school at 15 before enrolling in the nursing program at Arizona State University.

Arizona Central reports that...

December 22, 2010

In this blog post for the Citizens League policy organization Education|Evolving associate Kim Farris-Berg questions a recent study that technology leads to distraction, and thus away from learning.

Ultimately, she...