Here at the Midwest Comprehensive Center, we provide education agencies in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with expertise and resources that can be used to improve student outcomes. Watch our video to learn more!
Supporting the state's mission to provide targeted support for English learners, the Midwest Comprehensive Center worked with the Minnesota Department of Education on a cultural competency project, including conducting a listening tour and helping update a family resource handbook.
States are grappling with numerous decisions that may have wide-ranging impacts on educators, students, community members, and other stakeholders. One of the most critical decisions is selecting initiatives to improve instruction and learning. MWCC is collaborating with the Iowa Department of Education (IDE) on the implementation of standards and early childhood initiatives, using implementation science as its framework to ensure a thoughtful and coordinated approach.
In 2016, the Iowa Department of Education (IDE) launched its work to revise the state’s social studies standards, which were previously adopted in 2008. To support the standards writing process, the Midwest Comprehensive Center surveyed other states and conducted a scan to determine how other states approached the revision of social studies standards. The MWCC also synthesized best practices related to standards revision and social studies content.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) administers about 65 surveys a year. These surveys help gauge needs, gather feedback, inform programs and policy, and fulfill legislative requirements. Ensuring the quality, utility, and coordination of these surveys poses a challenge for MDE. To address this challenge, the Midwest Comprehensive Center partnered with MDE in 2015 and 2016 to build the agency’s capacity in survey methodology, enhance overall survey quality, and streamline the coordination of surveys across divisions.
Nurturing the Whole Child: Applying Social and Emotional Learning to Promote Safe and Supportive Schools in Minnesota
These students are learning an essential life skill: the ability to set, monitor, adapt, achieve, and evaluate goals. The skill is one of several learning goals in the new Social and Emotional Learning Framework under development by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). To support this framework, The Midwest Comprehensive Center (MWCC) is partnering with MDE’s School Safety Technical Assistance Center to develop a suite of SEL resources and tools for districts, including the new K–12 SEL framework.