New bill offers teachers respect, families options / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on April 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm The bill offers “startup” grants to district teachers to create “teacher-led schools.” Officials at Education Commission of the States, a national, nonpartisan research group that follows legislation, told me this week that they thought Minnesota would be the first to give money to groups of(…)

Minnesota led successful NCAA challenge / Joe Nathan’s Columns

By Hometownsource on April 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm Whenever I watch NCAA basketball March Madness tournament games, I think about a cross section of Minnesotans who helped lead a successful four-year challenge of the NCAA, 1996-2000. Students, families and educators all over the state were deeply frustrated by the NCAA’s demands. Minnesotans across political,(…)

Charters leading traditional districts in MDE Finance Award / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on March 26, 2015 at 9:27 am Here’s a brief financial report that should not put people to sleep. Overall, about 70 percent of Minnesota’s school districts and charters recently received the Minnesota Department of Education Finance Award. But according to data from Keith Hovis, MDE’s deputy communications director, there’s almost a(…)

Students creating, sharing projects – a winning approach / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on March 19, 2015 at 8:43 am For five hours on Saturday, March 14, I was mesmerized. Students taught me about a range of history subjects as I helped judge websites they produced for Minnesota History Day. Both research and experience show that what some people call “project-based learning” is a winning(…)

‘Awesome,’ ‘amazing’ dual-credit courses may be spreading / Joe Nathan’s Column

By Joe Nathan on March 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm “Amazing,” “wonderful” and “great” are how high school graduates have described dual-credit classes (high school and college credit) they took on their high school campus. If bills currently in the Minnesota House and Senate are adopted, there would be many more such courses all over(…)