Updates and Insights: Vol. 3, No. 2

Mailing Date: 
April 23, 2007
Updates and Insights from Education|Evolving
Vol. 3, No. 2April 23, 2007Jon Schroeder, Editor

Welcome to this latest edition of Education|Evolving’s electronic
newsletter -- UPDATES AND INSIGHTS.

IN THIS ISSUE:

EDUCATION|EVOLVING LAUNCHES EXPANDED, TOTALLY REDESIGNED WEB SITE

Education|Evolving is pleased to announce the launch of its expanded and totally redesigned Web site -- still at: www.educationevolving.org.

The new E|E site has a number of new features and a significant expansion in its own content and links to other on-line resources. It’s designed to both make the case for fundamental reform in K-12 education and help guide and support that reform -- all as a user friendly resource. The site is also designed to evolve and expand over time -- paralleling E|E’s own work and the need for ongoing change and improvement in both schools and schooling.

CONTENT ORGANIZED AROUND SIX BOLD ASSERTIONS

Much of the content on E|E’s new Web site is organized around six bold assertions about the challenges and opportunities now facing American public education:

  1. Traditional schooling is ‘torqued out.’ We need to create radically different models of school/ing.
  2. The existing organizations don’t innovate well. Most different schools will have to be created new.
  3. The states’ charter laws make it possible now to create new and different schools.
  4. In redesigning schools we should focus on motivating the workers; both students and teachers.
  5. We can now customize student learning using today’s digital electronics.
  6. Without new models of school K-12 might not be sustainable economically.

By clicking on any one of these assertions, site users will be taken to a second listing of more specific sub-assertions in that area. Click on any of these sub-assertions and users will quickly assess a listing of reports, newspaper articles, audio and video recordings and links to other on-line resources that support or relate to that topic.

The new E|E Web site is intended to be both a comprehensive learning tool and a constantly expanding electronic resource. Its audience is policy makers, policy influencers, teachers, parents, students -- literally anyone who cares about the future of K-12 education and wants to follow and help shape the direction that schooling and learning is now taking.

NEW SITE DESIGNED TO BE COMPREHENSIVE, USER-FRIENDLY

The new E|E Web site emerged from a realization that, as K-12 education evolves, so must E|E’s capacity and its use of new technology. The new Web site is just one of a number of new resources E|E intends to use in the coming year to better communicate its core ideas and link-to and support others.

The new Web site is designed to be both comprehensive and user-friendly. For example, its navigation bar allows users to browse the site’s content to quickly access the newest additions to the site, E|E’s recommended reading, and the site’s most downloaded files.

The site also includes an expanded search function that allows users to quickly search for particular entries by title, subject, key words or author. And there’s a comprehensive index that allows users to quickly view brief summaries of all entries on the main site, with its six underlying assertions, and on three initiative sites that focus on Student Voices, Teachers in Professional Practice and Charter School Authorizers.

SITE PROVIDES NEW RESOURCES, IN-DEPTH LOOK INTO THREE E|E INITIATIVES

Beyond the content organized around E|E’s six underlying assertions, the new Web site includes in-depth information on three major E|E initiatives -- all linked directly from the bottom of the site’s front page. In coming weeks, "Updates and Insights" will focus more specifically on each of these initiatives -- including an introduction to the information on each initiative that’s included on the new E|E Web site. The three featured initiatives are:

STUDENT VOICES: E|E both listens to what young people are saying and opens up new opportunities for them to speak in the education-policy discussion. Check out Student Voices on Video, an expanded Clearinghouse of Student Voices on the Web and E|E’s Student Voices Publications connecting the voices of today's students with some of the major topics in our current education policy debate.

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS: E|E encourages a radically different model of school organization, in which the authority for arranging both the learning program and the administration of a school is placed with a formally-organized group of teachers . . . and in which the teachers accept collegially the responsibility for the school's success. This all new section of the Web site includes resources for understanding the TPP notion, an online directory of TPPs, and start-up resources.

SPONSOR NETWORK: E|E works to strengthen sponsors (authorizers) and sponsoring of chartered schools. Download Resources and Guides for Sponsors/Authorizers. And learn about "What’s New" -- both with the Sponsors Network and with charter authorizing and oversight in general. These and other features of the expanded Sponsors Network subsite reflect growing awareness of the critical role that sponsors can play in strengthening the governance, management and performance of chartered schools -- with an ultimate goal of improving the academic achievement of their students.

SITE ARCHITECTS SPAN E|E’s GENERATIONS

It’s worth noting that the principal architects of the new E|E web site include the most senior and least senior (at least in age) members of the E|E Team.

Much of the intellectual and substantive content and design of the new site was developed by E|E’s co-founder and senior associate, Ted Kolderie. Although Ted is quick to credit others, he continues to be responsible for much of the bold thinking that E|E brings to the directional changes and course corrections now underway in K-12 education policy, both in Minnesota and nationally.

Meanwhile, the technical expertise behind the new E|E Web site rests with Lars Johnson, E|E’s Webmaster and youngest member of the E|E Team. Lars is a senior at Macalester College and a graduate of Minnesota New Country School, a source of the kind of new and fundamentally different schooling the country now needs.

Particularly in creating the content of the Student Voices and Teachers in Professional Partnerships initiative sites, E|E also relied heavily on its California-based associate, Kim Farris-Berg. And the still-emerging video features on the Student Voices initiative Web site were principally the work of two of E|E’s other younger associates, Carl Phillips and Sarah Granofsky. E|E intends to significantly expand the use of video and other interactive and hands-on features on all aspects of its Web site over the coming year.

E|E WELCOMES YOUR COMMENTS; ACCESS ARCHIVE OF PAST EDITIONS

Education|Evolving, a joint venture of Hamline University and the Center for Policy Studies, is a Minnesota-based project committed to helping K-12 education evolve and meet the challenges, demands, and opportunities of the 21st Century. E|E welcomes your comments or questions regarding the new Web site and any of its other activities and resources. Please direct them to info@educationevolving.org.

You are also welcome to forward "Updates and Insights" to others. If you have been forwarded a copy of "Updates and Insights" and would like to subscribe, visit our sign-up page. You may also access an archive of past editions of "Updates and Insights".

If you do not wish to receive these occasional "Updates and Insights" from Education|Evolving, please e-mail info@educationevolving.org. Write "remove from list" in the subject line, and your full name and e-mail address in the body of the e-mail.

Updates and Insights from Education|Evolving
Vol. 3, No. 2April 23, 2007Jon Schroeder, Editor

Welcome to this latest edition of Education|Evolving’s electronic
newsletter -- UPDATES AND INSIGHTS.

IN THIS ISSUE:

EDUCATION|EVOLVING LAUNCHES EXPANDED, TOTALLY REDESIGNED WEB SITE

Education|Evolving is pleased to announce the launch of its expanded and totally redesigned Web site -- still at: www.educationevolving.org.

The new E|E site has a number of new features and a significant expansion in its own content and links to other on-line resources. It’s designed to both make the case for fundamental reform in K-12 education and help guide and support that reform -- all as a user friendly resource. The site is also designed to evolve and expand over time -- paralleling E|E’s own work and the need for ongoing change and improvement in both schools and schooling.

CONTENT ORGANIZED AROUND SIX BOLD ASSERTIONS

Much of the content on E|E’s new Web site is organized around six bold assertions about the challenges and opportunities now facing American public education:

  1. Traditional schooling is ‘torqued out.’ We need to create radically different models of school/ing.
  2. The existing organizations don’t innovate well. Most different schools will have to be created new.
  3. The states’ charter laws make it possible now to create new and different schools.
  4. In redesigning schools we should focus on motivating the workers; both students and teachers.
  5. We can now customize student learning using today’s digital electronics.
  6. Without new models of school K-12 might not be sustainable economically.

By clicking on any one of these assertions, site users will be taken to a second listing of more specific sub-assertions in that area. Click on any of these sub-assertions and users will quickly assess a listing of reports, newspaper articles, audio and video recordings and links to other on-line resources that support or relate to that topic.

The new E|E Web site is intended to be both a comprehensive learning tool and a constantly expanding electronic resource. Its audience is policy makers, policy influencers, teachers, parents, students -- literally anyone who cares about the future of K-12 education and wants to follow and help shape the direction that schooling and learning is now taking.

NEW SITE DESIGNED TO BE COMPREHENSIVE, USER-FRIENDLY

The new E|E Web site emerged from a realization that, as K-12 education evolves, so must E|E’s capacity and its use of new technology. The new Web site is just one of a number of new resources E|E intends to use in the coming year to better communicate its core ideas and link-to and support others.

The new Web site is designed to be both comprehensive and user-friendly. For example, its navigation bar allows users to browse the site’s content to quickly access the newest additions to the site, E|E’s recommended reading, and the site’s most downloaded files.

The site also includes an expanded search function that allows users to quickly search for particular entries by title, subject, key words or author. And there’s a comprehensive index that allows users to quickly view brief summaries of all entries on the main site, with its six underlying assertions, and on three initiative sites that focus on Student Voices, Teachers in Professional Practice and Charter School Authorizers.

SITE PROVIDES NEW RESOURCES, IN-DEPTH LOOK INTO THREE E|E INITIATIVES

Beyond the content organized around E|E’s six underlying assertions, the new Web site includes in-depth information on three major E|E initiatives -- all linked directly from the bottom of the site’s front page. In coming weeks, "Updates and Insights" will focus more specifically on each of these initiatives -- including an introduction to the information on each initiative that’s included on the new E|E Web site. The three featured initiatives are:

STUDENT VOICES: E|E both listens to what young people are saying and opens up new opportunities for them to speak in the education-policy discussion. Check out Student Voices on Video, an expanded Clearinghouse of Student Voices on the Web and E|E’s Student Voices Publications connecting the voices of today's students with some of the major topics in our current education policy debate.

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS: E|E encourages a radically different model of school organization, in which the authority for arranging both the learning program and the administration of a school is placed with a formally-organized group of teachers . . . and in which the teachers accept collegially the responsibility for the school's success. This all new section of the Web site includes resources for understanding the TPP notion, an online directory of TPPs, and start-up resources.

SPONSOR NETWORK: E|E works to strengthen sponsors (authorizers) and sponsoring of chartered schools. Download Resources and Guides for Sponsors/Authorizers. And learn about "What’s New" -- both with the Sponsors Network and with charter authorizing and oversight in general. These and other features of the expanded Sponsors Network subsite reflect growing awareness of the critical role that sponsors can play in strengthening the governance, management and performance of chartered schools -- with an ultimate goal of improving the academic achievement of their students.

SITE ARCHITECTS SPAN E|E’s GENERATIONS

It’s worth noting that the principal architects of the new E|E web site include the most senior and least senior (at least in age) members of the E|E Team.

Much of the intellectual and substantive content and design of the new site was developed by E|E’s co-founder and senior associate, Ted Kolderie. Although Ted is quick to credit others, he continues to be responsible for much of the bold thinking that E|E brings to the directional changes and course corrections now underway in K-12 education policy, both in Minnesota and nationally.

Meanwhile, the technical expertise behind the new E|E Web site rests with Lars Johnson, E|E’s Webmaster and youngest member of the E|E Team. Lars is a senior at Macalester College and a graduate of Minnesota New Country School, a source of the kind of new and fundamentally different schooling the country now needs.

Particularly in creating the content of the Student Voices and Teachers in Professional Partnerships initiative sites, E|E also relied heavily on its California-based associate, Kim Farris-Berg. And the still-emerging video features on the Student Voices initiative Web site were principally the work of two of E|E’s other younger associates, Carl Phillips and Sarah Granofsky. E|E intends to significantly expand the use of video and other interactive and hands-on features on all aspects of its Web site over the coming year.

E|E WELCOMES YOUR COMMENTS; ACCESS ARCHIVE OF PAST EDITIONS

Education|Evolving, a joint venture of Hamline University and the Center for Policy Studies, is a Minnesota-based project committed to helping K-12 education evolve and meet the challenges, demands, and opportunities of the 21st Century. E|E welcomes your comments or questions regarding the new Web site and any of its other activities and resources. Please direct them to info@educationevolving.org.

You are also welcome to forward "Updates and Insights" to others. If you have been forwarded a copy of "Updates and Insights" and would like to subscribe, visit our sign-up page. You may also access an archive of past editions of "Updates and Insights".

If you do not wish to receive these occasional "Updates and Insights" from Education|Evolving, please e-mail info@educationevolving.org. Write "remove from list" in the subject line, and your full name and e-mail address in the body of the e-mail.

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