The Education Evolving Blog

November 17, 2010

Teacher-leadership is a way of managing a school that can allow for more flexibility and inventiveness. In a time of financial constraint and the need for improved performance, that responsiveness is important. Our imagination should not stop at teacher-leadership, but begin—considering what can come from it.

November 15, 2010

Teacher-run schools continue to appear in the news. In this interview in Education Week’s Teacher Magazine, EE partners Ted Kolderie and Joe Graba describe characteristics that begin to emerge in schools that are run by teachers.

November 12, 2010

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.

November 10, 2010

This interesting blog post on School Spring describes a growing trend of student-led conferences. If the role of student can be successfully expanded into conferences, could it be elsewhere in the schooling process, as well?

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. When we look at a school, and its design and function, shouldn’t a first question be: Does this school work to elicit or suppress student and teacher motivation?

November 5, 2010

Each year at Northwest Passage High School students complete the Hope Survey, that measures student engagement, academic press, goal orientation, belongingness, and autonomy.

This allows the school to get a sense of how much and whether hope is being grown. The school has found that hope is built when students are given choice and autonomy.

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 were involved.

November 1, 2010

Children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of the earth. They’re being besieged with information from every platform…and we’re penalizing them from being distracted. From what? Boring stuff.

October 29, 2010

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. The school partners with Gateway to College to provide early-enrollment college options for motivated students that seek to expand their limits.

October 27, 2010

In this report to Minnesota’s Association of School Administrators, the organization’s executive director wonders whether states need entirely new systems to meet today’s educational goals.

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