The Education Evolving Blog

March 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Three themes from education theory and research can help address the challenges we've heard teachers describe: positive school culture and climate; teacher collective efficacy; and culturally responsive school leadership.

March 1, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

On February 27, the Senate’s E-12 Finance and Policy Committee had a hearing on Senate File 485, a bill that would legitimize and create the opportunity for competency-based education in Minnesota. Alongside Education Evolving, two national organizations—KnowledgeWorks and iNACOL—and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators testified in support of the bill. We describe the need for SF485, and what’s in the bill.

February 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Addressing the problem of teacher turnover requires looking deeply at its root causes. This post explores the data available on why teachers leave the profession.

February 28, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

A summary of available data on the problem of teacher turnover, and a review of evidence on the negative impacts of this turnover.

February 21, 2019 · By Krista Kaput

PELSB has opened rulemaking on the Standards of Effective Practice for the first time since 1999. Read here to find out Education Evolving’s preliminary recommendations for how the SEP can be improved and our ongoing engagement efforts to ensure that teacher voice is represented throughout the rulemaking process.

February 7, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Introduction to our new blog series focused on the growing problem of teacher turnover, and highlighting the stories of schools, strategies, programs, and leaders that buck this trend.

January 31, 2019 · By Lars Esdal

Last week, the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill that would explicitly authorize schools and districts to do competency-based education. The bill’s purpose is to create space and opportunity for public schools to catalyze richer, more equitable, student-centered learning experiences. We break down the what and why of competency-based education—what it is and how it departs from conventional school models, and four reasons why it matters.

January 7, 2019

As students and teachers return from break, and legislators convene for the session, we’d like to take time to reflect on the past 12 months. After a year of partnerships cultivated and important work done, we’re resolved to make 2019 another banner year. In this post we look at highlights from the last year, and how they set us up for the new one.

December 19, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

Last week, MDE joined several other states when it released its updated Report Card as required by the ESSA. Many of the new reporting requirements focus on increasing transparency and providing families, educators, and students information about the performance of schools. We describe the Report Card requirements under ESSA as well as the changes MDE made to it.

December 12, 2018 · By Marcus Penny

The first weekend of December, more than 320 educators and supporters convened in Boston for the third Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference. Designing for Success, the theme of the sold out 2018 gathering, was tailored to attendees interested in professionalizing teacher roles and moving school decisions and design toward those closest to the students—teachers.


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