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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

2017-2018 Timeline

Letter of Intent due October 30, 2017: The letter of intent indicates you are interested in pursuing MESPA's MN SOE Process. View MN SOE Program Guidelines (includes sample letter of intent). 

Applications due June 4, 2018: 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) 

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
Sam Richardson, MN SOE Chair  952.451.7286

Find all SOE Committee Members' info in the Directory

MESPA Staff Contact 651.999.7313 mespa@mespa.net

Congratulations to our 2017 Validated Schools:
  • Armatage Montessori, Minneapolis Public Schools, Principal Joan Franks, Assistant Principal 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, Assistant Principal Carol Lagergren

  • Lyndale Community School, Minneapolis Public Schools, Principal Mark Stauduhar, Assistant Principal Sarah Hunter

  • Normandale Hills Elementary, Bloomington Public Schools, Principal Andrew Vollmuth

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

  • Triton Elementary, Triton Public Schools, Principal Nancy Stucky

Click here to view all 2017 Press Releases and Complete SOE History

Past School of Excellence Celebrations

Click here to view all 2015 Press Releases.
Click here to view all 2016 Press Releases.

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