The Education Evolving Blog

May 4, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On Tuesday, the K-12 Conference Committee presented its initial version of the Education Omnibus Bill. Read about the provisions in the bill that relate to the themes of this blog: innovation, charter schools, and the Every Student Succeeds Act state accountability plan.

April 26, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On April 18th, MDE awarded 6 Minnesota charter schools Startup and Replication/Expansion Charter School Program (CSP) Grants. Read here for descriptions of the winning schools and the CSP Grant program.

April 20, 2017 · By Lars Esdal

Two common misunderstandings about teacher-powered schools are that they do not have principals, and that all decisions are made by the full teacher group coming to consensus. In practice, there is actually a wide variation in the way "collaborative leadership" works. Read here to find out more.

April 13, 2017 · By Krista Kaput

On April 13th, over 120 educators, administrators, and education advocates gathered in St. Paul to learn about the School Design for Individualized Learning initiative, a joint venture of the Bush Foundation and 2Revolutions.

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.

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