Minnesota Department of Education: Achievement Integration Program
The state of Minnesota has approximately 500 public school districts and over 2,000 public schools with a demographic composition of 66.5% White, 11.0% Black or African-American, 9.3% Latinx, 6.8% Asian, 1.6% American Indian, and 4.7% two or more races. There was an increase of students of Color in suburban areas, but not corresponding racial and socioeconomic integration statewide. The Office of Equity and Innovation at Minnesota Department of Education (MNDOE) requested technical assistance from the MAP Center in order to address the federal priority of race and the U.S. Department of Education’s emphasis on Socioeconomic Integration and Minnesota legislation.MAP Center staff acted as thought partners and critical friends to support the MNDOE Office of Equity and Innovation in the development, execution, and evaluation of the Achievement Integration plan, as well as to support the development of the Educator Effectiveness grant rubric and associated training materials for grantees. In this video, Pam Booker and Anne Parks from the Minnesota Department of Education discuss how they have worked with the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center as a part of the department's Achievement Integration program, providing technical assistance through this multi-year, evolving state education agency partnership.