The Minnesota Department of Education provides research-based information, resources and supports to schools in order to improve the high school experience for students, leading to college and career readiness.
Core components of a relevant college and career ready experience include rigorous and relevant course-taking for all students, especially at transition points; a personalized learning environment for each student with the support of parents and other adult mentors; multiple pathways to postsecondary training or college to achieve a minimum K-14 education; high-quality teacher and principal leadership; and student assessment and program evaluation data used to continuously improve school climate, organization, management, curricula and instruction.
The pages available at left give specific information on teacher training available for two rigorous high school programs, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, including training dates, registration forms, and more.
Connecting for Middle Level School Success Initiative Application
Systemic Middle-Level School Redesign: Building a Minnesota Framework
Assists middle-level schools by providing research-based information and resources to support the six core components of the model. Core components include the following: rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students, personalized learning environment for each student, highly effective teachers and instruction, effective leadership, safe and healthy school environment, and data use for improvements in a timely and ongoing manner.
Systemic High School Redesign: Building a Minnesota Framework
Assists high schools by providing research-based information and resources to support the five core components of the model. Core components include the following: rigorous and relevant course taking for all students; personalized learning environments; multiple pathways to postsecondary training or college; high quality teacher and principal leadership; and student assessment and program evaluation data used to continuously improve school climate, organization, management, curricula and instruction.
Blueprints: Redesigning Minnesota High Schools for the 21st Century is a bi-monthly newsletter of the Center for Postsecondary Success. It is designed to help high school administrators and staff implement innovative programs and practices that will increase student achievement.
Each issue includes a feature story on high school design, a toolbox of strategies and resources, helpdesk links and a calendar of coming state and national events related to high school design. Design Showcase is an exciting feature which highlights a Minnesota high school program that is using innovative, research-based approaches to develop new programs or modify existing ones.
Blueprints is distributed to Minnesota superintendents, high school principals and curriculum coordinators, education organizations and others. To receive Blueprints by email, please sign up for our mailing list.