The Education Evolving Blog

November 19, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

Dale Skoreyko is principal at McNally High School in Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada. In this post he describes that effective school wide assessment plans should be ongoing, in real time; and resist final grades or averaging of all grades.

By eliminating the impact of daily performance measures on a student’s final grade the exchange of information and feedback between students and teachers...

November 17, 2010

An effect of the increase in news coverage of teacher-run schools is a similar dynamic as the chartering of schools has experienced—that is, some observers are interpreting the management structure of these schools (involving teachers, in varied ways, depending upon the school) as an end in itself. This is off the point.

It is important to note the scope of teacher-leadership in schools: A school will not be inherently higher or lower performing because it...

November 15, 2010

Teacher-run schools continue to appear in the news, such as a recent article by the Associated Press.

In this article by EdWeek’s Teacher Magazine EE partners Ted Kolderie and Joe Graba describe characteristics that begin to emerge in schools that are run by teachers.

They discuss the structure of management, whether or not there is a main office, and the...

November 12, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

Julie Young, President and CEO of Florida Virtual School, describes the appeal of online learning, and the dramatic growth the organization has sustained over the past 15 years. It is a cogent reminder that substantial innovations often start small—in the case of FVS, with 77 students.

When we started this adventure...

November 10, 2010

This interesting blog post on School Spring describes a growing trend of student-led conferences.

“For years the process of parent-teacher conferences has been the same,” it writes. “The teacher hurriedly telling a parent about their child’s progress (mostly meaning their grades and participation in class) and not much time, if any, for discussion.”

It mentions an article from...

November 8, 2010

Professor Sugata Mitra’s famous Hole in the Wall experiment clearly shows the tremendous potential of motivation on the part of students.

Discussing the experiment in this video from a recent Ted talk, Mitra describes the series of experiments where he placed a kiosk inside a wall in a slum in India, provided some positive reinforcement, and then stepped back—returning (sometimes months later) to see that students had not only...

November 5, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

James Steckart, Director, Northwest Passage High School describes his school’s use of the Hope Survey for measuring how students are feeling motivated and inspired by the school. EducationInnovating had a post on the Survey a few weeks back.


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November 3, 2010

Recently in the Wall Street Journal and Education Next there were accounts of the origins of chartering. We thought we might take the liberty of adding our version, since the first legislative implementation of the idea occurred in Minnesota and a number of those now in Education|Evolving...

November 1, 2010

Here is a captivating illustration created by the Royal Society of the encouragement of the Arts (RSA) of a TED lecture given by Sir. Ken Robinson, on the present model of education and where it needs to go.

In it he says:

  • The present model was designed for a different age.
  • Operated on an assumption that there are the ‘academics’ and the ‘workers.’ It has caused chaos for individuals—evidenced by spread of medication for ADHD—and does not...
October 29, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

Pathways Early College Innovation High School is one of the two Innovation Schools that opened this year under a new Massachusetts law allowing for the creation of district schools with exemption from many rules and regulations. In September Secretary of Education Paul Reville described the motivations behind the law in an EducationInnovating.org...

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