Barbara Troolin is the Director of the Special Education Policy Division, which is responsible for providing support, training and technical assistance to educators and other stakeholders in providing service to students with disabilities and their families.
Prior to coming to the department, Ms. Troolin served as the Director of Special Services overseeing the areas of special education, Title I, ELL (English Language Learners), health services, homebound instruction, early entrance to kindergarten and other projects at South Washington County Schools. Prior to serving in South Washington County Schools, Ms. Troolin was the Manager of the Monitoring and Compliance Division at MDE.
She received her B.S., M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from St. Cloud State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Summer STEM Activities
School may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean learning has to! In fact, it is vital that it doesn’t. Over the summer, students can lose the equivalent of two months of their grade-level math and reading skills. To combat summer learning loss and keep those STEM skills fresh over the summer, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) put together a list of 20 Super Cool, simple (and FUN!) STEM activities you can do with your children over summer break.