The Education Evolving Blog

April 5, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Monday was the first, official deadline for states to submit their ESSA accountability plans. Even though Minnesota did not submit their plan, they can learn from what other states intend to do and, if necessary, make amendments or additions.

March 28, 2017 · By Lars Esdal

This post first appeared in Rick Hess' blog for Education Week, Straight Up. The main purpose is to discuss the emerging next generation assessments and how they might be used.

March 23, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota is currently championing two bills in the legislature that are aimed at increasing the number of teachers of color and American Indian teachers in the Minnesota. Read here for key provisions in the bills.

March 15, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Senate Education Policy Committee heard testimony on an Innovation Zone bill. The purpose of the bill is to give school districts and charter schools the opportunity to research and implement innovative education models that are designed to better prepare students for the 21st century.

March 7, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Minnesota’s teacher licensure system has been a topic of contention for several years, with a 2016 OLA report finding the system “complex, unclear, and confusing.” There is currently a bill in the Senate, S.F. 4, which would restructure the state’s teacher licensure system. Read our post to find out the three things you should know about the proposed system.

February 27, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Last Thursday, the MN House and Senate heard testimony on MDE's Policy Bill. While the bill covers several topics that affect public education in general, this post will focus on two of the concerns that were raised, regarding bill additions, that could negatively impact the state’s charter schools.

February 23, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

Walking into Venture Academy, a Southeast Minneapolis charter school, is like walking into Google. To the outside eye, one that has been trained to look for the industrialized education model, it may first appear chaotic and unorganized. However, upon closer examination, it is evident that Venture is anything but that.

February 14, 2017

Two teacher guest bloggers recount their experience at the 2017 Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference and the incredible partnership that is emerging between unionized district schools and charter schools within the teacher-powered network.

February 9, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 51-50 to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary, after much debate. A lot of the controversy was due to DeVos' support of school vouchers. Learn more about school vouchers, and how a tax credit proposal active in Minnesota relates to the concept.

February 2, 2017

Over the weekend, 275 educators and advocates from 22 states gathered in Los Angeles for the second Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference. Practitioners from both district and charter schools gathered to network and share lessons about how they collaboratively design and run their schools.

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