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September 11, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

Twenty years ago the modal American teacher was a teacher in his/her 15th year of teaching.

Today the modal teacher is one in her first year of teaching.

This -- stunning -- statistic comes from data Richard Ingersoll and his associates have pulled from the Schools and Staffing Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

All this is elaborated in a paper given to the American Education Research Association in 2012, and -- in shorter form -- in an article in The...

September 7, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

On this date in 1992, City Academy High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, opened its doors to students as the first chartered school in the United States. The school is still operating, and serves at-risk students in Saint Paul’s East Side just as it had two decades ago.

Of course, passing the law that made possible City Academy, and all the chartered schools that followed, was an ordeal in itself.

The detailed story of the events which led up to Minnesota’s passage of the first chartering law in the county is told in vigorous prose...

September 6, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

For the 40-odd Americans in Helsinki August 20-24 the schools and the education system in Finland presented a dilemma. I went with that delegation, organized by the National Public Education Support Fund.

We envy Finnish students' top rankings on the Program for International Student Assessment. But the Finnish system is organized differently and operates on quite different principles.

Classrooms look much like ours. Choice is common. Finland has some 'chartered schools'. But:

  • There...
September 4, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Education Evolving’s Ted Kolderie was featured last weekend in a series of National Public Radio (NPR) stories about the direction the charter schools movement has taken since the first chartered school opened in 1992. On September 7, Saint Paul’s City Academy--the first chartered school in the nation--turns 20.

In the radio report Kolderie discusses how, over the last 20 years, the conversation around chartering has shifted. In recent years chartering has been seen less as a process of innovation and more as a particular kind of school, operated by a particular kind of...

August 29, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

I want to share with you an important piece of research on chartered schools conducted by longtime Minnesota superintendent Dr. Charles Kyte. The research was conducted at the request of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Realizing Deeper Learning: The Economics and Achievements of the Innovative Chartered School Model”...

August 24, 2012 · By Lars Esdal

Ted Kolderie, a senior associate with Education Evolving, was one of 43 national education experts invited to examine Finland’s public education system and bring lessons back to the United States. Ted’s in Finland now; he left for his weeklong trip last Saturday, August 18.

Leading the delegation are Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor, and Joanne Weiss, chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of Education. Ted and Mary Cathryn Ricker, president of the Saint Paul...

August 20, 2012 · By Ted Kolderie

You might ask: Why another blog about education? What do you have to say that others don't already say?

Fair enough.


Through this blog, Education Evolving will ask and answer the questions of “How?” – which others generally aren’t doing. Too much of the discussion elsewhere deplores the problems and reaffirms the goals. But the important question is: “How do we get it done?”

For more than 20 years, Education Evolving has concentrated on broadening and deepening the...

December 12, 2011

Many teachers express frustration about how often they are told what, how, and when to teach -- basically, asked to follow a script.

Many believe the job of teaching has suffered since the 1990s, as the standards and accountability movement has driven decision making upwards and away from teachers, to the district, state, and federal level.

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has taken a bold action to help restore professional autonomy to teachers, in exchange for being held accountable for results. This month the MFT, supported by a grant from the American Federation of...

July 8, 2011

This post was originally posted by Ted Kolderie on the weekly National Journal Education Experts Blog. The topic for the week was chosen in response to the second major ESEA reform bill, related to chartered schools, being approved by the US House Education and the Workforce Committee.

The National Journal question was: To what extent can charter schools change the...

July 5, 2011

Ted Kolderie, a founder of Education|Evolving, is the recipient of this year's James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) for his work to develop the chartered schools sector in public education.

In responding July 7th at the ECS annual National Forum on Education Policy in Denver he will set out the case for using the charter sector now to innovate with approaches to learning, forms of school organization and a broader definition of achievement.

More on the award here, from the...


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