The Education Evolving Blog

May 17, 2018 · By Marcus Penny

On May 10, the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools recognized four schools at the third annual Innovation Awards event. Additionally, under a new award program established this year, one educator was honored with the Minnesota Charter School Leadership Award.

May 10, 2018 · By Marcus Penny

Deanna Hron—a kindergarten teacher at King Elementary School in rural Deer River, MN—received the Educator Leadership Award at the Community Schools National Forum in Baltimore last week, in recognition of her “strong leadership in advocating for community schools.” But Hron's journey was not without struggle.

April 25, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On Friday, April 20, PELSB met to do final interviews for the three finalists for the executive director position, as well as to go over the new rule draft. This post will go over their deliberations, the new rule draft, and the timeline for rulemaking.

April 10, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

Last week, MDE held the last meeting of their Reporting and Recognition Committee, which was formed after they submitted the state’s ESSA plan to USDE in September 2017. This post will discuss the recommendations from the committee, how Minnesota will deal with a new ESSA provision around fiscal transparency, and some important dates regarding implementation.

April 3, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

Even though it isn't a budget year, there are still many important and relevant education policy issues being discussed this legislative session. This post will summarize four pieces of legislation that have garnered a lot of attention and that we recommend you keep an eye on.

March 29, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

During the 2017 legislative session, Education Evolving led a coalition that worked with legislators to successfully pass the IRZ Pilot Program. The purpose of the legislation was to “allow school districts and charter schools to research and implement innovative education programming models designed to better prepare students for the world of the 21st century.” This post includes detailed descriptions of each IRZ, as well as future plans Education Evolving has to improve the legislation.

March 22, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On Friday, March 16 the PELSB hosted a meeting at the Minnesota Department of Education MDE in order to receive public input on PELSB’s rule draft for the new, four-tiered teacher licensure system. This post will discuss two major issues in the rule draft—mentoring and cultural competency—that have so far been a focus of public comment, as well as a timeline for how individuals can provide feedback to PELSB.

March 13, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

On January 3, the US Department of Education issued a notice informing states that they can apply for the Innovative Assessment Pilot, part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Four states told USDE they are interested in applying to participate in the Pilot. Is Minnesota one of them? And why aren't more states applying?

March 6, 2018 · By Krista Kaput

Last week, the MDE released the four-year graduation rates for the class of 2017, which reached a new statewide high of 82.7 percent overall. That said, when the graduation rates data is examined in conjunction with other data points the success story becomes more muddied and raises the question: Do increasing graduation rates mean more students are doing more rigorous and higher-level work that prepares them for college, career, and life?

February 20, 2018 · By Lars Esdal

Last year we engaged in a visioning process to describe what we mean when we say “student-centered learning”. So, what’s next? This work has given rise to a new question: what learning outcomes and indicators would measure whether student-centered learning has been successful?


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