To Retain or Not Retain? That Actually Is Not the Question

What is Retention? Retention is the practice of requiring students to repeat or remain in a given grade level for an additional subsequent school year,...

How to redirect the tempting conversation of ‘learning loss’

We are now one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are all well aware of the challenges this has created for educators, students,...

Identification of Needs and Resources to Support Educators During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has permeated all aspects of our daily lives since March 6, 2020 when Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a...

The Rare Opportunity in Disorder: Recovering and Redesigning Our Schools

Entering the 2020-2021 school year, we are in a moment that is overwhelmed by philosophical questions.  How will we meaningfully deliver rigorous instruction?  How...

Distance Learning: Transitioning to a New Reality

The end of the school year has always been a reflective time for me. It is an opportunity to pause and celebrate successes, think...