EE Co-Founder Receives MAAP “Exemplary” Award
Article • February 2017
Ted Kolderie is one of two recipients this year of the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) prestigious “Exemplary Award”. Ted received the award at the 34th Annual MAAP Conference last week at the Verizon Center in Mankato.
Commentary: In the Strategy for Public Education Chartering Can Drive Innovation
Article • September 2016
Where exactly does chartering fit, in the strategy for public education? Across America that question is rising, as in a number of big cities the charter sector gets larger and as the local districts are losing enrollment. In this commentary in the StarTribune, Ted Kolderie looks at four current answers to the question—and suggests a fifth, more practical answer.
Teacher-Powered Leaders Meet With Secretary King: A Reflection Blog Post
Article • June 2016
On May 18, two of our teacher-powered ambassadors sat down for tea with U.S. Secretary of Education, John King to discuss teacher leadership. One of those teachers, Jeff Austin, summarized their conversation in this post on the U.S. Department of Education blog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.