Thursday, March 27, 2008

Updating You with My Google Alerts

About a year ago, I started experimenting with Google Alerts. While it does continue the nonstop flood of email into my inbox, it has definitely been a useful tool to keep up with some of my interests.

For instance, right now I have Google Alerts set up for both the phrases "Minnesota Charter Schools" and "Aaron Grimm."

Having news articles and blogs posts come in about "Minnesota Charter Schools" have helped me to form a more national viewpoint around the Charter movement, both pro and con.

Having all web content that contains my name just seems to be a safeguard, but right now, most of the alerts are fruitless. It is entertaining at the very least, as as soon as I publish this post, an alert is soon to follow.

From now on, I plan to use a some of my alerts as content on this blog.

All the best,


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Chat that takes place tomorrow on March 26 at 2 p.m. EST.

From an email from Education Evolving and EdWeek:

Want to think creatively and deeply about redirecting K-12 policy toward innovation?

Your chance to both think and act will be at tomorrow, Wed. March 26, 2:00pm EDT.

Please join Education|Evolving co-founder Ted Kolderie for an online discussion, organized by Education Week, on "The Other Half of the Strategy: Following Up on System Reform by Innovating with School and Schooling". You may submit questions today for Wednesday's chat here: Or, go to the EdWeek chat site during the hour-long forum and participate--or just "lurk"--in "live-time."

In this most recent E|E paper, Kolderie asserts: The system reforms taking place make improvement increasingly necessary; make change increasingly possible. But they are only half the strategy. To meet its goals this country must next undertake a serious effort to develop new forms of school and schooling. It is time, Education|Evolving argues, to redirect K-12 policy toward innovation. "The Other Half of the Strategy" also suggests how to approach this redirection, outlining barriers to innovation and ways to overcome them. For a summary of the paper's main ideas click here.

See you there!


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Help a Student Out With His Senior Project...

Go to download page

I am giving a shameless plug for my student Jake, who needs to have 100 downloads of this album for his Senior Project.  Check it out and let me know him know at

If you are so inclined, you can see their show March 21, at Beaner's in Duluth.  

Get in touch with me if you have further questions.

Aaron (and Jake)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

EdVisions Summer Institute

Interested in Project Based Learning? Come to the EdVisions Summer Institute the last week of July. For more info go to the EdVisions Site.

Additionally, you can check out this recap from last year: