Announcing the EdVisions Midwest School Transformation Project with support from the Bush Foundation

February 25, 2019 no comments S

Bloomington, Minnesota – EdVisions, a premier non-profit education development organization, announces the Midwest School Transformation Project, a three-year project that will provide up to 15 schools across Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota with individualized support to transform education to more student-centered learning models.  To date there are 11 schools partnering with EdVisions; nine are from Minnesota: Bridges, Prior Lake-Savage; Caledonia Area Elementary, Caledonia; Career Pathways, St. Paul; Chatfield Elementary, Chatfield; Nawayee Center School, Minneapolis; Riverview Elementary, Farmington; Rochester Alternative Learning Center, Rochester; Sage Academy, Brooklyn Park; and Watertown-Mayer High School, Watertown.  One school from North Dakota is participating:  Wichakini Owayawa – Lakota Language Immersion Nest, Fort Yates and one school in South Dakota:  Porcupine School, Porcupine.    

With support from the Bush Foundation, EdVisions will assist partner schools with strategic planning and provide coaching and networking along with other forms of professional development to embed EdVisions’ Ed°Essentials framework into their redesign.  Key features of the framework include student agency and ownership, relevant project-based learning, authentic assessment, and teacher empowerment.  

What excites me about this project,” says Julene Oxton, the project’s director at EdVisions, “ is the opportunity it gives teachers who are ready to design and launch completely different learning environments for their students.  The information age is upon us and the teachers of the Partnership schools are connecting with EdVisions to design schools that will prepare students for this new world we live in.”

Schools that take part will create their own action plans based on the needs of their students and their communities. EdVisions is committed to providing staff with a collaborative environment for planning and implementation and to connecting the partnership schools to the regional student-centered network of educators.  Data on each school’s progress will be collected and reported throughout the project, adding to the body of evidence surrounding best practices for creating learner-centered schools.  

 

For more information, contact Julene Oxton at juleneoxton@edvisions.org or call 612-601-1043.

EdVisions is a non-profit education development organization located in Bloomington, Minnesota that provides support to schools across the United States seeking to transform learning.