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MN School of Excellence Program

"The Minnesota School of Excellence program clearly connects the education process to student learning." 

MESPA developed this research-based program aligned with national standards in: leadership, vision, student learning, the culture of adult learning, data and decision-making, and community engagement. MESPA endorses schools whose principal, staff, students, and community -- working as a team -- demonstrate the desire to strengthen education by successfully undertaking the Minnesota School of Excellence program. This school improvement process is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. It involves a systematic program of self-study, development of a school improvement plan, and implementation of the plan based on demonstrated results. 

"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 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. Honoring the important work of dedicated staff, eager students, and supportive communities is an essential component of becoming a School of Excellence." 
-- Sam Richardson, Greenvale Park Elementary Principal, Northfield Public Schools, and MN School of Excellence Committee Chair
2019-2020 Timeline

Letter of Intent due October 28, 2019: The letter of intent indicates you are interested in pursuing MESPA's MN SOE Process. The letter of intent should also indicate whether you plan to take 1 or 2 years to complete the SOE process (though this may change later). View MN SOE Program Guidelines (includes sample letter of intent).

Applications due June 2, 2020: Submit Part 1 (Self-Study) and Part 2 (Build and Plan) with $100 application fee payable to MESPA. (Click links above to download application part 1 & 2). Contact ethan@mespa.net for a Google Forms copy of Part 1 of the application.

View MN SOE Program Guidelines & SOE Presentation

 Letter of Intent due October 3, 2015: The letter of intent indicates you are int
SOE Committee Contact Info
Tami Staloch-Schultz, MN SOE Chair  952.431.8380, tami.staloch-schultz@district196.org

Find all SOE Committee Members' info in the Directory

MESPA Staff Contact 952.297.8672, mespa@mespa.net

Congratulations to our 2018 Validated Schools:
  • 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

Click here to view all 2018 Press Releases and Complete SOE History

Past School of Excellence Celebrations

Click here to view all 2017 Press Releases

Click here to view all 2016 Press Releases.

Click here to view all 2015 Press Releases.

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