The Education Evolving Blog

August 9, 2010

Languages and math are two areas where technology is evolving to enable effective learning without a teacher, such as Rosetta Stone and School of One. And, to connect students directly with expert teachers or peers of the language they are trying to learn, such as with Live Mocha. There is enormous potential for personalization, particularly...

August 6, 2010

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

During this Great Recession a system that was already being squeezed is seeing a bleak financial future. The instinct of centrally-managed systems in times of financial distress is to harden, and centralize further.

This may in fact be the precise wrong thing to do. Instead...

August 5, 2010

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) recently received a grant from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to develop a 501c3 to serve as an authorizer of chartered schools in Minnesota. AFT made the investment as part of its innovation fund. Some of the initial news reports stated the MFT itself will apply to become an...

August 4, 2010

One effect of the recent stimulus-bill funding for K-12 has been to create an impression that schools are suffering today because of the economic down turn. This is true. But the downturn is not the sole reason for their financial pains…nor is it the principal reason.

Like most states Minnesota has been experiencing substantial budget shortfalls dating back to before the credit crunch began. In this video Education|Evolving partner...

August 2, 2010

Paul Hill and Marguerite Roza just released Curing Baumol’s Disease: In Search of Productivity Gains in K–12 Schooling published by the Center on Reinventing Public Education. The paper is premised on the dilemma that while some labor-intensive industries—education included—fail to keep...

July 30, 2010

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest, posting-a-post. Winners receive a copy of Disrupting Class signed by co-author and E|E managing partner Curtis Johnson. Of those that posted a comment in the past weeks, three winners were selected using


July 30, 2010

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

Doug Thomas is Executive Director at EdVisions, a cooperative and nonprofit that serves teacher-run schools throughout the United States

Lots of folks ask about the EdVisions Cooperative—why it started, how it started and whether it really helps to ‘professionalize’ teaching. Most days I think more about how to start new...

July 28, 2010

In this video, Education|Evolving founding partner Ted Kolderie describes how giving teachers control over the learning program and management of schools can improve motivation, spur innovation, and increase performance by both teachers and students.

You can see more on teacher...

July 26, 2010

In this blog post for LearnMoreMN,
founding partner Joe Graba
describes this country’s decades-long effort at improving schools. While well intentioned, he says, there is a problem at a more root level preventing serious improvement.

July 23, 2010

We’ve been hearing from some of our readers who are themselves innovators and could use some technical support on the “how to’s” of entrepreneurship to bring their work to scale. So when we saw this opportunity from the Kauffman Foundation; we sensed this was the kind of thing we ought to pass along.

Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation is seeking founders of high-growth, scalable education...