Northern Sky Regional Center of Excellence

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  • In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Northwest Service Cooperative, the Northern Sky Regional Center of Excellence is one of six regional centers across Minnesota. Through this Statewide System of Support partnership, we are able to provide equitable access and cohesive, coordinated support for schools in northern Minnesota.    

  • Statewide System of Support (SSOS) 

    Purpose and Ultimate Outcome

    The purpose of the Statewide System of Support is to build the capacity of Focus and Priority schools and their districts by providing cohesive, focused, and systemic support. Using the frameworks of implementation science, the SSOS facilitates continuous improvement efforts to significantly increase educational equity, excellence and efficacy. Our ultimate outcome is to close achievement gaps by half by 2017 while raising achievement for all students.

    Initial Outcomes

    Collaboratively with classroom teachers, teacher teams, school leaders, the SSOS teams

    1. Establish and develop leadership teams that guide the process of continuous improvement.
    2. Facilitate data mining, needs assessments based on data, and root cause analyses to guide planning and the continuous improvement process.
    3. Identify and engage in implementing evidence-based practices that lead to improved teaching and learning in schools. 

    Contact Information
    Becca Neal-Director                                                   
    Northern Sky Center of Excellence
    114 1st Street West
    Thief River Falls, MN  56701
    Phone: 218-416-8293
    Email: bneal@mnce.org

     
    Toni Cox-RCE State Director               
    Northern Sky Center of Excellence
    114 1st Street West
    Thief River Falls, MN  56701
    Phone: 218-416-2416
    Email: toni.cox@state.mn.us