Centers of Excellence

State-Initiated, Federally Funded Special Education Programs


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 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

Contact Information

Ingrid Aasan, Director of Special Education Programs, 612-638-1517,

Centers of Excellence

We offer a variety of regional workshops providing the opportunity to learn with educators from other schools and districts around the region. For more information go to the Centers of Excellence page.

MN Low Incidence Projects

Our Projects are designed to assist school districts across the state in fulfilling federal requirements in the areas of implementation of the IDEA. For more information go to the MN Low Incidence Projects page.

Region 11 IEIC Project

The Region 11 Interagency Early Intervention Committee (IEIC) is responsible for the implementation of Help Me Grow child find and public awareness in the 7-county metro area. For more information go to the Region 11 IEIC Project page.

Metro ECSU Online Registration

View all listings and events offered by Metro ECSU and register at our Event Calendar page..

Event Calendar & Registration

Greater Minnesota Launch PAD

AGM 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.

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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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