Five elementary schools validated as 2018-2019 Minnesota Schools of Excellence:
Eastview Elementary, Lakeville Area Public Schools, Principal Taber Akin
Floodwood School, Floodwood School District, Principal Dr. Rae Villebrun
Hawley Elementary, Hawley Public Schools, Principal Chris Ellingson
New York Mills Elementary, New York Mills Public Schools, Principal Judith Brockway
Vandyke Elementary, Greenway Public Schools, Principal Susan Hoeft
“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 2018 validated School of Excellence principals!
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Want to become validated as a School of Excellence?
Letter of intent due October 29, 2018
Application (parts 1 & 2) due June 4, 2019
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