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Test results encourage rethinking / Joe Nathan’s column

by Joe Nathan This article originally appeared at www.hometownsource.com   Americans have complicated, conflicted feelings about how much to rely on statewide standardized tests, such as those whose scores were recently released. I think this year’s results suggest three changes. Minnesota should: –Make much more use of highly successful schools. –Share results sooner with teachers.(…)

Dr. Howard Fuller Speaks at MN Charter School Conference

  Dr. Howard Fuller was the distinguished keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual MN Charter School Conference last week.  Dr. Fuller addressed about 200 attendees on Tuesday, July 29th at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of MN campus.  The conference was co-sponsored by Cargill, CliftonLarsonAllen and the Center for School Change. Dr. Fuller is(…)

Teachers: The Decisive Element (speech by 2014 National Teacher of the Year)

  The following is a speech made by the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb.  This speech was delivered at the National Education Association (NEA) conference in Denver, July 2014.     “Teachers: The Decisive Element”   Good afternoon.  Thank you.  So proud to be here. So thankful for your work across this country.  As(…)

Leadership Academy 2014-2015 – Now accepting applications!

​Please consider applying to the 2014-2015 Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Center for School Change and the Carlson Family Foundation. The application form is below (.docx file). A PDF of the announcement and application can also be found below.​ Please share about this opportunity with others!   Application Form:  Leadership Academy 14-15 Application Leadership Academy 14-15(…)

A mother’s wise, joyful book about parenting

by Joe Nathan – originally published at www.hometownsource.com “Simple Choices” is one of the wisest, most humble and helpful books for parents that I’ve read in a long time. It’s written by Lisa Graham Keegan, a nationally recognized educator and political leader who has had to deal with her father’s desertion of the family, discovery that(…)