In May 2009, MNPS launched an innovative and aggressive reform initiative (“MNPS Achieves”) that involved the collaboration of 100+ district and community leaders to develop strategic initiatives to transform nine identified areas of need in order to dramatically improve schools. The areas of need include five student performance areas: High School, Middle School, English Language, Special Needs and Economically Disadvantaged; and four district process areas: Human Capital, Communications, Data Management & Information Technology and Central Office Effectiveness. The goal of MNPS Achieves is to promote high student achievement across all subgroups of students.
Race to the Top funds provide support for strategic consulting, research and development, and evaluation of this transformational initiative. Additionally, MNPS Achieves has recently launched a discretionary grant application process for the nine Transformational Leadership Groups (TLG) to promote innovative ideas for system reform. The first grant was recently awarded to the group focused on the Performance of Students with Special Needs. The grant will fund a comprehensive, external evaluation of MNPS’ programs and services for gifted students.
Leadership Investment Map Summary
The Leadership Investment Map Summary provides an overview of the districts five key result areas and highlights of strategies currently in place to drive and support improvement. View the summary.
Transformational Leadership Groups
The district implemented leadership teams comprised of administrators, teachers, community members and parents – who can provide guidance and leadership to critical areas of need. Learn about the nine TLGs .
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
In April 2010, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University began a two-and-a-half-year documentation and evaluation of MNPS Achieves, designed to capture the reform as it is evolving. View the initial report. || View the 'Year 2' report. || View the 'Year 3' report.
MNPS Achieves National Advisory Panel
Considered “rock stars” of education, the panel members include international thought leaders on education reform. The National Advisory Panel meets with MNPS Achieves: First to the Top leaders and community leaders twice a year to examine and discuss the progress of the system reform efforts. Learn more about the panelist.