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2017 Minnesota School of Excellence Validations

Eight elementary schools validated as 2017-2018 Minnesota Schools of Excellence:
Armatage Montessori, Minneapolis Public Schools, Principal Joan Franks, Asst Prin Paul Scanlon
Braham Area Elementary, Braham Area Schools, Principal Jeff Eklund
Elm Creek Elementary, Osseo Area Schools, Principal Elizabeth Ness
Jordan Elementary, Jordan Public Schools, Principal Melissa Barnett, Asst Prin Carol Lagergren
Lyndale Community School, Minneapolis Schools, Principal Mark Stauduhar, Asst Prin Sarah Hunter
Normandale Hills Elementary, Bloomington Public Schools, Principal Andrew Vollmuth
Sioux Trail Elementary, Burnsville–Eagan–Savage School District, Principal Shannon McParland
Triton Elementary, Triton Public Schools, Principal Nancy Stucky

“Through the MN School of Excellence program, grounded in national research on high-performing schools, MESPA has created the premier opportunity in the state for validating greatness in a school community,” said Jon Millerhagen, MESPA executive director. “This school improvement program examines the entire school community through six national standards, ensuring there is a holistic approach to creating a plan for future achievement and celebrating the unique accomplishments of each School of Excellence.”

Sam Richardson, chair of the School of Excellence Committee, said, “It takes hard work and commitment to thoroughly assess areas of strength and at the same time plan for continual improvement. The SOE process provides an opportunity for the entire school community to reflect on the collaborative work being done and to celebrate these accomplishments. Schools that receive validation have had important data-driven conversations about what a high-quality 21st century learning experience should be for all students and have plans to make that learning experience a reality. Honoring the important work of dedicated staff, eager students, and supportive communities is an essential component of becoming a School of Excellence.”

 Congratulations to our 2017 validated School of Excellence principals! 
Click below to read individual press releases:

Armatage Montessori, Minneapolis Public Schools, Principal Joan Franks,
Asst. Principal Paul Scanlon

Lyndale Community School, Minneapolis Schools,
Principal Mark Stauduhar,
Assist. Principal Sarah Hunter

Sioux Trail Elementary,
Burnsville–Eagan–Savage School District,
Principal Shannon McParland

Jordan Elementary,
Jordan Public Schools,
Principal Melissa Barnett,
Asst. Principal Carol Lagergren

Braham Area Elementary, 
Braham Area Schools,
Principal Jeff Eklund

Normandale Hills Elem.
Bloomington Public Schools, Principal Andrew Vollmuth

Elm Creek Elementary,
Osseo Area Schools,
Principal Elizabeth Ness

Triton Elementary,
Triton Public Schools,
Principal Nancy Stucky

Want to become validated as a School of Excellence?
Letter of intent due October 30, 2017
Application (parts 1 & 2) due June 4, 2018

The Minnesota School of Excellence (SOE) program promotes excellence through a rigorous 1 or 2 year-long, self-directed evaluation process that showcases dynamic schools of the 21st century. The schools earn validation by completing a school community self-study, developing a plan to build on evident strengths & address areas needing improvement, and assessing ongoing results from implementing the plan. SOE also enables to principals to earn CEU's. Learn More

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