E|E Response to Proposed Federal Charter Grant Regulations
Memo • January 2015
In November, 2014 the U.S. Department of Education proposed a set of priorities, requirements, and criteria for the federal charter grants to state education agencies. Here is the response of three senior E|E associates, to that proposal.
The Central Problem with Big, Urban School Systems Like Minneapolis
Article • April 2015
A big district like Minneapolis has dozens of schools, and all of them could be innovating. That is, in fact, the strategic plan. But the big brain — the central office — gets in the way. How might the state usefully intervene? A Sunday Commentary for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Success with Innovation Is the Key to Improving Learning—and to ‘Closing the Gap’
Speech • November 2015
The Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs invited Ted Kolderie to discuss how innovation is key to systemic change in public education and how schools must resist ‘the pressure for sameness’. Kolderie called upon the ‘alternative’ sector to share its accomplishments in innovation—thus validating the sector and making clear that what is happening there is essential for change and improvement in the mainline district sector. This is his speech.
What’s the Big Idea? Lots of Little Ones
Article • August 2014
To get innovation in K-12 we need to free those closest to the action—the teachers—to innovate and meet the needs of their students. Ted Kolderie draws lessons from World War 2 to make this argument, in a commentary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Education Policy & the California Chartered Sector
Meeting Notes • November 2013
For close to two decades, Eric Premack has been working in California education policy. He formed and now runs the Charter School Development Center in Sacramento. In November 2013, E|E invited Premack to Minnesota to talk about education policy, chartering in California and the state’s decision to stop trying to control and regulate its school districts so tightly. Here are notes on Premack’s visit from E|E’s Ted Kolderie.
Jal Mehta and the Futures of School Reform for Minnesota
Meeting Notes • November 2013
“The Futures of School Reform” is a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, coordinated by Jal Mehta. In October 2013, E|E invited Mehta to Minnesota to talk about the five alternative futures. Here are notes on the project from E|E’s Ted Kolderie, and on what he thought was most significant for the education policy discussion in Minnesota.
Minnesota’s Achievement Gap: Asking the Right Questions
Article • June 2013
Kolderie raises some questions about the one-dimensional definition of ‘achievement’ currently accepted essentially unquestioned. Challenging un-stated premises—though likely to upset people—is a ‘must’ for good decisions and successful policymaking. A commentary by Ted Kolderie in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Let’s Give Adolescents a Chance to Grow Up
Article • October 2013
The notion of “adolescence” has become a major problem in our society. Might the “infantilization” of capable young people be the cause of much of the deviant behaviors we don’t like? Ted Kolderie takes up this question in an opinion piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.