Shifting From “What We Spend” to “How We Spend It”
Article • January 2010
The total cost of the education system is rising at about 5 to 8 percent per year. If schools are not at the same time increasing “performance” or “productivity,” their real cost to the public is increasing. This relationship is not sustainable. To reconcile this problem, schools will need to be designed differently.
New Minnesota Site-Governed Schools Law
Article • March 2010
The 2009 Minnesota Legislature passed new “site-governed school” legislation, which provides school boards a “charter-like” option. A district board may approve “site-governed schools,” which are provided significant autonomy and flexibility to develop new models of schools in exchange for greater accountability.
Book • September 2010
Today’s youth are more different from each other and from previous generations than at any time in history. The nation’s still standardized model of learning isn’t working for nearly half of them. Customizing learning opportunities will. And today’s fast-changing technology platform already shows how effective on-line and computer-centric learning can be – and how it changes the role of educators in amazing ways.
Origins of Chartering Timeline
Web Resource • September 2010
Albert Shanker and Ray Budde had the ‘charter’ idea early. Minnesota got it into law; seeing ‘charter’ not as a kind of school but as a platform for developing different schools. Use this timeline to learn more about the progress of the chartering idea.
Can Teachers Run Their Own Schools?
Report • October 2010
A case study of Avalon School and several other teacher-led schools in the Midwest. These schools use resources differently than traditional district schools, use a different praxis of teaching, and divide authority and responsibility differently—including assigning responsibility for learning to the students.
Minnesota teacher to Secretary Duncan: to improve teaching, put teachers in charge
Article • July 2010
Carrie Bakken, member of a teacher professional partnership (TPP) that runs Avalon High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, met with Duncan to describe how the TPP arrangement improves school conditions for teachers and students. She argued that when teachers are put in charge, very different types of schools emerge, and today’s issues around tenure, compensation, and teacher evaluation are resolved.
Why President Obama Should Speak to the States
Memo • January 2009
The country has the governmental relationships upside down, with the states setting the targets for results and Washington leaning on the states, districts and schools to make it happen. President Obama should put the roles right, so that the national government is “pushing buttons that are connected to live wires”.
What Is Innovation… and What Isn’t?
Memo • June 2009
The discussion about “innovation” in K-12 education is coming on rapidly, as the sense grows that K-12 requires radical change. But there is confusion about concepts and terms. Partly, this is because we are all still learning. This brief paper will try to distinguish the various meanings of “innovation.”