Joe Nathan

Joe Nathan Center For School Change “What makes you feel like you matter? What really matters to you?” Those are two key questions that Shane Lopez urges that we ask ourselves and our youngsters in a terrific new book. Lopez, formerly an award-winning college professor and now a senior scientist in the Gallup (polling) organization, [...]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change A provocative email from a recently elected central Minnesota school board member included the following: “The world is much different (than) when my parents made their decisions (about schools). I am struggling with how much tax money should be spent to retain and attract students.” Below is my response. [...]

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Joe Nathan Center for School Change Praise and perspective – that’s what more than 30 Minnesota education leaders offered last week when asked about the 2013 Minnesota Legislature’s decisions on K-12 education. That includes superintendents Ben Barton, Caledonia; Julia Espe, Princeton; Nancy Rajanen, Waconia; and Bruce Novak, Cambridge; as well as Charlie Weaver, executive director [...]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change What are some key questions arising from the 211-page K-12 education bill that the Minnesota legislature has just produced?  Give the 2013 Minnesota Legislature considerable credit. It expanded long-needed opportunities for many young people and families.     But several things deserve additional attention in 2014. Why did the [...]

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Joe Nathan Center For School Change Jack Wickenhauser, De’shawnte Taylor and Vincent Smith Jr. are eloquent young people. They recently earned awards in a statewide Minnesota charter public school writing contest that attracted more than 2,200 entries. Their essays answered the question, “What was your best day in school?” Whether you’re an educator or parent, [...]

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