Berglund eager to discuss Austin education

Published 7:53 am Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ellis Middle School Principal Katie Berglund shared the national news spotlight with the Kardashians, American presidents and Medicare Tuesday. Berglund appeared on “Fox and Friends,” the morning news program on Fox News to talk about Ellis’s grading for learning program.

Ellis Middle School principal Katie Berglund recently was seen on Fox News touting Ellis' grading for learning program. - Eric Johnson/

“It’s very exciting,” Berglund said. A recent article by the New York Times used Ellis Middle School as the primary example of how grading systems are changing in the U.S. Ellis’s grading for learning program includes splitting up a student’s class grade into two components: a knowledge grade and a life skills grade. While 90 percent of a student’s grade comes from the knowledge portion, the life skills grade affects 10 percent of their overall grade.

After the NY Times article ran last weekend, Berglund and Austin Public Schools Superintendent David Krenz were contacted by producers at Fox News to appear on the show, but only Berglund was able to appear. Berglund appeared on the show via a live feed at the WCCO television station in Minneapolis.

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Berglund said she felt good talking about the accomplishments that Ellis teachers have made in devising the grading for learning system, but actually appearing on the show was interesting.

“I didn’t get to see the anchors, only hear them. I just got to look at the camera,” Berglund said.

While the attention Ellis and Austin Public Schools got was nice, Berglund felt it wouldn’t have been possible without the teachers at Ellis.

“Truly, this is because of the incredible work that all of the teachers are doing,” Berglund said.