Joe Nathan

Joe Nathan Center for School Change   Congratulations to Minnesota educators, students and families, based on a new report from the College Board, which publishes the Advanced Placement exam. A study released Oct. 7 shows that growing numbers of Minnesota students are taking and passing at least one AP exam, among the more than 30 [...]

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Joe Nathan Center for School Change   Double testing of our high school students is costing Minnesotans millions of dollars. That’s money that could be better spent. What about spending some of those millions on, for example, high-quality early childhood programs? Or on extra-curricular programs? The ACT found many years ago that participation in debate, [...]

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Joe Nathan Center for School Change   Riches and rogues! The more I look, the more I find some of each, and a lot between, on the Internet. Families and educators have a huge task helping young people learn how to gather information on the Internet. Here are five guidelines to consider. But first, a [...]

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Joe Nathan Center for School Change   Big changes are coming for Minnesota’s high school students, and meetings are scheduled throughout the state to discuss them. That’s good because the changes are controversial. Minnesota has passed some education reform laws, like Postsecondary Enrollment Options, that have worked out well. We’ve adopted others, like the Profile [...]

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By Joe Nathan Center for School Change   What should wise families, like careful coaches, help youngsters do to prepare for the upcoming school year? Forty-one district, charter and teacher union leaders recently responded to that question with specific, practical advice. Their suggestions tended to fall into three major areas: –Re-establishing school year routines at [...]

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