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MN School of Excellence Program

Researched-Based Program to Strengthen Schools

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.

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


Final Application Submissions

Submit Part 1 (Self-Study) and Part 2 (Build and Plan) with $100 application fee payable to MESPA. 

Part 1

Self-study to determine strengths and areas of improvement

See Part 1

Part 2

How to build on strengths and planning areas for improvement

 See Part 2  Read a Sample Essay

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

Simone LaBonté, MESPA Staff Contact 952.297.8672, Simone@mespa.net

"It takes commitment and teamwork to honestly and thoroughly assess areas of strength and at the same time identify a plan for continual growth. The SOE process asks the entire school community – parents, students, staff, administration, and more – to reflect on and celebrate the collaborative work being done in school communities. Schools that receive validation have had important data-driven conversations about what a high-quality, modern learning experience should be for all students and have plans to make that learning experience a reality for many years to come. Honoring the important work of dedicated staff, eager students, and supportive communities is an essential component of becoming a School of Excellence." 

-- Tami Staloch-Schultz, Westview Elementary School Principal,

MN School of Excellence Committee Chair

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