The Education Evolving Blog

March 2, 2021 · By Lars Esdal

Kickoff post announcing a new year-long series highlighting student-centered innovators in a pandemic—in particular the practices and success indicators they've used.

February 23, 2021 · By Guest Blogger

Middle schooler Jules Pow writes on their experience as a Black student in a predominantly white district.

February 17, 2021 · By Guest Blogger

Cavyn R. shares their perspective as a Black child in a majority-white education system—and the impact microaggressions had on them as a student.

February 17, 2021 · By Marcus Penny

Minnesota is revising its Social Studies Standards, and the first draft has drawn criticism for its shift toward equity. We state here our view: the new standards must be inclusive of more lenses, narratives, and histories—and honest about both the achievements and atrocities that mark our nation’s story.

December 22, 2020 · By Danyika Leonard

State social studies academic standards are under review. As part of the committee tasked with transforming what Minnesota students learn in social studies, policy director Danyika Leonard urges holding equity at the center, and in a memo outlines equity concerns with the first draft of revised standards and the process to create them.

December 10, 2020 · By Marcus Penny

Distance learning is the norm for many Minnesota students. In this post we focus on the roles of school counselors, psychologists, and social workers in helping students and families navigate uncharted waters.

November 2, 2020 · By Marcus Penny

From October 19 to 29, more than 600 attendees participated in the first ever virtual conference on teacher-powered schools, 2020 Teacher-Powered Odyssey: Rethinking Power in Education. A recap of the event and its themes.

October 1, 2020 · By Lars Esdal

Less than a quarter of Minnesota schools are operating fully in-person, with most offering distance learning or a hybrid approach. Many students struggle with consistent access to the devices and internet they need. Inconsistent attendance in turn leads to lost learning, exacerbated inequities, and disengagement. Student-centered learning, and in particular competency-based education, provide a route to address issues of disengagement and learning loss head on.

September 18, 2020 · By Danyika Leonard

An update on education policy activity amidst an unprecedented time for education in Minnesota due to Covid-19 and a national conversation on racial justice.

August 3, 2020 · By Marcus Penny

Minnesota students will resume learning this fall—many once again in a distance learning model. We spoke with educators to ask them their key lessons learned from distance learning in the spring. The predominant theme that emerged: focus on relationships, which are more important than ever.

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