Centers of Excellence
Minnesota has dedicated a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into creating a culture of data use in support of teams who are implementing the Pyramid Model. The “Look/Think/Act” cycle is now embedded into Pyramid Model implementation at the local, regional, and state levels. Our goal is to ensure that Pyramid Model sites have usable data collection forms and methods of engaging in data based decision making so that it becomes part of the culture of the program. We believe that using data to inform our practice at multiple levels of implementation ultimately contributes towards a positive impact on the children and families we serve.
Minnesota continues to scale up implementation of the Pyramid Model throughout the state. Resources developed and provided to local Pyramid Model sites through the MN Centers of Excellence (external site) in order to support sites in developing a culture of data use include:
- Data Manager Training
- Recorded webinars on each data tool
- Virtual Data Support
- Access to ongoing Technical Assistance
- External Coaching through Professional Development Facilitators
Ingrid Aasan, Director of Special Education Programs
Special Education Programs
Centers Of Excellence
We believe that using data to inform our practice at multiple levels of implementation ultimately contributes towards a positive impact on the children and families we serve.
MN Low Incidence Projects (website)
are designed to assist school districts across the state in fulfilling federal requirements in the areas of implementation of the IDEA, professional development and insuring the availability of high quality staff in the low incidence areas of Special Education.
Regional Low Incidence Project - Region 11
is one of eleven state projects. These projects address identified gaps and needs in special education programs and related services for students identified with any Low Incidence disability.
Region 11 IEIC Project
is responsible for the implementation of Help Me Grow child find and public awareness in the 7-county metro area. Help Me Grow is a statewide initiative that conducts outreach and public awareness activities to connect young children who have developmental delays or disabilities and their families to free early intervention services.
Greater MN Launch PAD
is a program that provides culturally affirmative psychological assessments to students (ages 0-21) who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind, who live in Greater Minnesota (outside the 7 county metro area) and attend a Minnesota public school.
Free Digital Para Development Resources
for MN Paraprofessionals working with students who have low incidence disabilities. Compiled by the Region 11 - MN Low Incidence Projects.
Special Education Main
Finding creative, cost-effective approaches to help students with disabilities is the goal of these special education programs housed at Metro ECSU. Programs provide technical assistance and cutting-edge staff development.
Judy Wolff Library
Lending Library Materials are available September through June for Minnesota residents only. Please contact the library to reserve items well in advance of time needed.
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Metro ECSU Online Registration
All listings and events offered by Metro ECSU and register at our Event Calendar page.
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