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Policy Breakfast Series

Making a difference through research

CEHD's policy breakfast series brings a research focus to the conversation about closing Minnesota's achievement gap. Five policy breakfast events will examine the role of school leadership, early childhood education, reading and literacy, STEM education, and teacher preparation. Each event discusses the ways CEHD research can inform Minnesota's education policy.

Leadership - Spring 2013

CEHD’s Center for Applied Research in Educational Improvement and the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development recently investigated the actions that effective educational leaders take to address the achievement gap and to support high quality classroom instruction. Leadership has been shown to be second only to classroom instruction in its effect on student learning outcomes, making this research critical to the educational policy debate at the national, state and local levels.

Learn more about this event, with photos, slides, and related materials.

Early Childhood Education - Fall 2013

It is an exciting and hopeful time for young children and their families in Minnesota. Investments through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, the Promise Neighborhood Initiative, the Investing in Education (i3) program and legislative support for all-day kindergarten have created an unprecedented opportunity to improve the way we address the achievement gap and prepare children for school.

As a result, our state agencies are launching a number of new initiatives, which require increased cross-agency collaboration and policy change. How are these new initiatives being implemented? How are we determining success, and what are the strategies for sustaining these new initiatives?

Gerrit Westervelt, Executive Director of the BUILD Initiative, presented his experiences working with early childhood policy across the country. Download slides from Dr. Westervelt's presentation (PDF). A panel of Minnesota early childhood leaders responded with perspectives from their work.

Learn more about this event, with photos, slides, and related materials.

STEM Education - Spring 2014

As the US moves toward implementing the Next Generation Science Standards and Minnesota reviews them, how can we embrace these developments and help inform policy decisions? What are the implications of the recent national reports such as A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, and STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research for improving science education? What sort of policy support can help move them into widespread use?

On May 1, CEHD hosted a discussion of NGSS, STEM integration, and Minnesota's assessment policy. Dr. Heidi Schweingruber, Deputy Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council, delivered a keynote address outlining the challenges of implementing NGSS followed by a response from a local panel.

Learn more about this event, with videos, slides, and related materials. 

Reading and Literacy - Winter 2015

Research shows that if students don't read proficiently by 3rd grade, odds are they will not catch up. Right now, nearly one in four 3rd graders in Minnesota is failing to reach basic levels of literacy. Solving this problem requires powerful research efforts and strategies Faculty and staff in the Minnesota Center for Reading Research and the Departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum & Instruction conduct research on how to support teachers and schools in helping K-12 students become competent readers.

Learn more about this event, with videos, slides, and related materials. 

Teacher Preparation Policy - Fall 2015

Policies that regulate teacher preparation and licensure in Minnesota have been under much discussion in recent years. Questions abound about what kind and how much preparation future teachers need to be successful with all students, who to recruit into teaching, and how to best meet the staffing needs of P-12 schools now and into the future.

Learn more about this event, with photos, slides, and related materials.

Child Protection - Fall 2016

In 2015, the Governor's Task Force on the Protection of Children emphasized the critical need to pay close attention to the responsible and effective use of data in case decision making. How do Minnesota child protection professionals currently access and use date in their practice and policy decisions? What improvements in data collection and use are needed? How can a better data-based decision making system be realistically implemented?

Learn more about this event, with photos, slides, and related materials.

Secondary Schools - Spring 2017

Recent policy attention has been focused on reforming early childhood and elementary education with limited focus on secondary schools. What are the unique challenges facing secondary schools, and how can school leaders best prepare and respond? Join us on May 17 for an interactive breakfast event that blends research and practitioner experience to examine how public policy supports high school success.

Learn more about this event and RSVP today!


Ellen Freeman, Assistant Director of Research & Policy


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