We sense a growing, spreading, desire to re-think the strategy for education; both the 'what' of school and the 'how' of change. We just released a new paper, which proposes a new and different 'theory of action'.
Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to explore the ideas and opportunities presented in E|E's newest book with others, including with teachers who already have the authority to collectively make the decisions influencing whole school success. This ongoing “virtual book club” will last from Nov. 29th through mid-January.
Today we're happy to release our summer project: a powerful policy short film about teachers' role with innovation in school. You'll see, and hear the students in, a third-grade classroom where the learning has been individualized, using games for language and math.
We at Education Evolving have decided to start a blog. On our blog will focus on the question of “How?” Much of the discussion elsewhere endlessly deplores the problems and reaffirms the goals. But the important question is: "How do we get it done?"
A new report, "Realizing Deeper Learning: The Economics and Achievements of the Innovative Chartered School Model," examines two chartered schools in Minnesota which have expanded definitions of achievement and improved student outcomes -- all without increased costs.
On May 1st Governor Mark Dayton signed this year's Minnesota education omnibus bill. One noteworthy section of the bill explicitly encourages schools to implement individualized learning programs. Provision described herein.
The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has taken a bold action to help restore autonomy to the professionals in teaching -- the teachers. This month the MFT, supported by a grant from the American Federation of Teachers, became the first teachers union in the country to open a charter school authorizer.
We're proud to release our new "inventory of schools with teacher autonomy." Browse all such schools, nationwide -- either in a list form or on a map. And, see our definition of what constitutes "teacher autonomy," and the various arrangements with states, districts and unions which allow for this autonomy.
Innovative Quality Schools (IQS) is a new chartered school authorizer to open in Minnesota this year. They will focus on authorizing schools that innovate with respect to instructional model, staffing and leadership design, evaluation method, or some other aspect. This March, IQS issued its first Request for Proposals, asking any organization in the world to submit proposals for new chartered public schools for Minnesota students.
Unsustainable, a new book by EE associate Tim R. McDonald, argues that with costs rising as they are, the only sustainable solution to K-12 financial troubles is to redesign school to increase productivity. Amongst other things, this redesign will involve innovative use of technology.