The goal of Reimagine Minnesota is to eliminate disparities and to improve access, equity and opportunity for ALL students. The Association of Metropolitan School Districts has facilitated the initiative and is hosting periodic professional development sessions focused on the nine strategies in the Reimagine Minnesota plan.
Specifically, the superintendents acknowledged that ensuring equity and excellence for all students is the most pressing issue in education today.
They also recognized that the demographic composition of our state was rapidly changing and that Minnesota would have an older, more diverse population throughout the state in the coming years. Our K-12 education system is the foundation for the upcoming workforce yet our educational data and statistics show that schools and districts need to improve all of the educational markers that serve as benchmarks of success in the current educational system.
From January through May 2017, parents, students, cultural representatives, community members, business leaders and other education stakeholders, were invited to Reimagine Minnesota and conceptualize a new model of education that’s designed for the success of all students. Each participant was welcomed, honored and respected for who they are and the contributions they offered.
The overwhelming response from four synthesis workshops that reviewed 12 World Cafes convenings of more than 3,000 participant voices and a student conference of more than 300 high school students can be summed up by the following statement “SEE ME”. Three overarching recommendations emerged:
The proposed plan will be shared with school stakeholders and partners in order to refine the directions and build broad-based support for the collective work. Action planning meetings will be convened at the system and district levels to develop the specific steps, roles, capacity, measures, support systems, accountability and steering mechanisms needed to initiate and sustain unified plan implementation.