Category Archives: Innovation

Competency-Based Education: Lessons from New Hampshire

Thursday, 15 June May, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Education Evolving and the Bush Foundation

  • Objectives for learning were defined in terms of “competencies” involving 21st-century skills like problem solving and creativity, over rote knowledge?
  • Assessments were continuously integrated into students’ learning experiences, giving educators useful data to inform learning.
  • Students progressed at their own individualized pace as they mastered content and skills, rather than being moved along—ready or not—based on their age.

States, districts, and schools working to individualize learning for all students are taking these ideas from imagination to reality nationwide through a strategy known as “competency-based education.”

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Thursday, 4 May, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

CONVOCATION— “THE INNOVATIVE MINDSET” An interactive session facilitated by the “BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP”. The session will ask you to think about innovation in a different way, and urge you to consider how innovation might function as a behavior that you perpetuate and incorporate into your daily living.

AWARDS LUNCH AND CEREMONY A National Charter School Week Luncheon and Ceremony to celebrate the 2nd Annual MN Association of Charter School Innovation Award Winners.

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Individualized Learning

The Bush Foundation, together with 2Revolutions, is proud to present School Design for Individualized Learning, an education design experience that will inspire, equip and connect educators who want to reimagine the purpose and structure of school.

The first step is to attend one of three two-hour orientation sessions in Moorhead, Rochester and the Twin Cities. At each session, learning designers from 2Revolutions will introduce attendees to the principles of individualized learning and share examples of successful efforts from around the country. Orientation sessions are open to teachers, administrators and staff who want to learn more about individualized learning.

April 10
Moorhead, MN
5:00-7:00 p.m. 

April 11
Rochester, MN
5:00-7:00 p.m. 

April 12
Saint Paul, MN
5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Orientations are free, but registration is required.


Innovation Award – CSE’s Asian Penguins

Charter School Innovation Awards presented by MACS (MinnPost)

In the area of increased learning opportunities for pupils, the St. Paul-based Community School of Excellence won for the work some of its students are doing with the Linux operating system and other open-source software to help close the technology divide in their community. At this K-8 Hmong language and culture charter school, middle school members of the Asian Penguin Club are refurbishing old computers by installing Linux software and donating them to families in need. The club, which began five years ago under the direction of the school’s technology coordinator, Stuart Keroff, has given away more than 60 computers.

Ted Kolderie, a contributor to the original charter-schools law who now serves as co-founder and senior fellow at Education Evolving, teed up the awards presentation on Tuesday by adding a bit of historical context to the awards.

“A lot of us who go back to the beginnings have the notion that the charter sector is basically about innovation, should be about innovation,” he said, adding it’s a small sector capable of making large-scale contributions when used as “a platform for innovation.”