Four Guild contracted schools have been awarded Federal Charter School Planning (CSP) Grant awards. Congratulations to these schools, scheduled to open in the Fall (2017):
Grove Elementary – a Marine Area Community School, 175K (525K total)
Minnesota Academy for Hearing Speech and Language, 150K (450K total)
Phoenix Academy of Art and Science, 200K (600K total)
Skyline Math & Science Academy, 200K (600K total)
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.
PROCESS OVERVIEW: FROM IDEA TO IMPLEMENTATION
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.
Saint Paul, MN
Orientations are free, but registration is required.
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.”
In 1988, education reformer and American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker proposed a new kind of public school—“charter schools”—which would allow teachers to experiment with innovative approaches to educating students. Publicly funded but independently managed, these schools would be given a charter to try their fresh approaches for a set period of time and be renewed only if they succeeded.
Restoring Shanker’s Vision