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Is the New “Accountability” Actually Professional?
By Michael Diedrich September 22, 2014

When looking at teacher accountability, we’ve experienced many turbulent changes in the past few years. Unfortunately, they aren’t likely to have nearly the impact…

Where Children, Data, and Equity Meet
By Michael Diedrich September 16, 2014

It’s not hard to agree that young children shouldn’t face suspension or expulsion except in the most extreme circumstances. Beth Hawkins of MinnPost has…

College Debts Hold Back Economic Recovery; Need Assistance
By Lee Egerstrom September 10, 2014

Rising college debts are holding back recovery in the housing markets while housing costs converge with college debts to also hold back recovery for…

Better Learning Through Psychology
By Michael Diedrich September 09, 2014

With so much of the attention in education reform focused on quantitative outcomes or defining “good” teaching, we can sometimes miss or minimize some…

VIDEO: College Perspectives
By Briana Johnson September 04, 2014

Minnesota 2020 has an internship program that allows college students to put their academic training to work and to hone their critical thinking, research…

The Many Sides of Back to School
By Michael Diedrich September 02, 2014

Today, students across Minnesota are going back to school. Some have already been back for a week or more, but starting today, pretty much…

Discussion: Back to School Hopes
By Michael Diedrich September 02, 2014

What are your hopes and dreams for school this year? Starting today, all Minnesota students will be back in school across the state. As…

Ed Tech Conversations Are a Chance for Democracy
By Michael J. Diedrich August 29, 2014

With the news that the Los Angeles superintendent has canceled the district’s contract with Apple and Pearson—due in part to concerns about how the…

Valuing the Whole Child: Education Beyond Test Scores
By Michael Diedrich with Meredith Pozzi & Luke Plutowski August 27, 2014

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd The Pawlenty era was a tough time for Minnesota school districts, who saw state education aid…

Money, People, and the Building of Dreams
By Michael Diedrich August 19, 2014

On Monday morning, hundreds of people piled into an auditorium and a stuffed overflow room at the Humphrey School for Public Affairs. The reason…

Time Shift for School Students
By Nick Stumo-Langer August 15, 2014

St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) may follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and Edina in changing their high school start times to be later.…

VIDEO: Rock ‘n Read Project Rolls Out
By Briana Johnson August 14, 2014

A Minneapolis nonprofit is on a mission to close the achievement gap and get all students reading at grade level by using an innovative…

Why Head Start Matters
By Michael Diedrich August 12, 2014

As the lifelong impacts of high-quality early childhood education have become better known, the early years of a child’s life have become a matter…

Education Shouldn’t Be About Market Share
By Michael Diedrich August 05, 2014

Since it seems this idea won’t go away, let’s go another round. Markets don’t produce equity. A “better” or “purer” marketplace of schools will…

The People Who Make Community Schools Work
By Michael Diedrich July 29, 2014

Five years ago, I was getting ready to teach at Brooklyn Center High School. Both during my time there and in the years afterward,…

VIDEO: Lego Learning in the Library
By Briana Johnson July 28, 2014

Minnesota 2020 traveled to the Zumbrota Public library for their Lego Creation Contest which allows children to explore their imagination and build their own…

Disputing Destiny
By Michael Diedrich July 22, 2014

One of the most frequent and laudable refrains in education reform is, “Poverty is not destiny. ” The sentiment is clear and incontestable: Being…

The Present and Future of Early Childhood Reform
By Michael Diedrich July 15, 2014

That early learning is critical is one of the few points of agreement in today’s education reform debate. Unfortunately, actually improving early childhood education…

Development By Teachers, For Teachers
By Michael Diedrich July 08, 2014

Two of the most groan-inducing, but potentially powerful, words in teaching are “professional development.” It’s easy for professional development to be a waste of…

Video: Adjuncts Vote to Unionize
By Briana Johnson July 07, 2014

On the heels of a successful campaign to form an adjunct faculty union at Hamline University, adjuncts at St. Thomas will vote this week…

Video: Tobacco Free Campuses
By Briana Johnson July 03, 2014

July 1st marked the day The University Of Minnesota announced they have officially become a tobacco-free campus. Students, faculty and staff joined together outside…

Schools That Not Only Serve, But Empower
By Michael Diedrich July 01, 2014

Our students and teachers have been weathering a wave of reforms lately, which too often emphasize narrow testing and inter-school squabbling. I like to…

Community Input Key to School Success in Minneapolis
By Erin Kelly and Kevin Whelan, Guest Commentary June 30, 2014

A conflict over the appointment of a principal at one Minneapolis K-8 school highlights a tension between an increasingly corporate management style in the…

Time to Level Up Computer Education
By Michael Diedrich June 24, 2014

We’ve seen something of a paradox in education technology in the last few years. Districts make headlines for making major purchases of tools like…

Could Vergara Happen Here? (Part 2)
By Michael Diedrich June 17, 2014

Yesterday, I discussed Vergara v. California in detail. Today, I’ll examine whether a similarly argued case would be successful in Minnesota. The Vergara ruling…

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