District 88 Board to hear presentation on education trends

NEW ULM – At a study session today, the District 88 Board of Education will hear a presentation by Bob Wedl from Education Evolving, an organization that describes itself as a “design shop” based in Minnesota but with staff in other states, working nationally to help public education with the difficult process of change.

Wedl is a former Minnesota commissioner of education and has worked with Minneapolis schools.

Wedl will address topics of timely interest to District 88: pre-school readiness and involving daycare providers with curriculum and professional development options; career focus and how to tie what students learn to life after high school; personalized instruction; technology in instruction; educational trends; and facility planning to meet student and programming needs.

Education Evolving includes individuals with some experience in public life: in public affairs, in politics, in K-12 and higher education. They work in a virtual organization, through “the magic” of modern communications. Formally, the project is a joint venture of the Center for Policy Studies, a non-commercial, non-academic, non-governmental policy studies group formed in 1982, and Hamline University.

Initially, Education Evolving was involved with states on the architecture of the K-12 system. Recently, it has been involved in the redesign of schooling.

The presentation coincides with a strategic planning process in District 88 that involves re-formulation of goals and developing a vision for facilities to meet strategic student and programming needs.

At the study session, the board will also hear community education program updates from Coordinator Carol Davis.

The board meets at 5 p.m. in the District Administrative Center.

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