Policy breakfast series

Making a difference through research

CEHD's policy breakfast series brings a research focus to the conversation about closing Minnesota's opportunity gap. Policy breakfast events 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.

Upcoming events

The State of the State's Accountability System

October 30, 2023
University of Minnesota Rochester


Transforming the Principalship: Policy and Practice Recommendations for MN

January 10, 2024
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Past event Spring 2023: Minnesota PK-12 Special Education Policy

On January 10, 2023, superintendents, directors of special education and legislators from across the state joined us for a panel. With a wide range of professional experience and research expertise, the panel discussed what policies and practices could exist in Minnesota at the state, system, and school level.


  • Robert Pasternack, PhD
    Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
  • Jamie Nord
    Executive Director of the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) and President of the Board of Directors for Minnesota Administrators of Special Education (MASE)
  • Keith Mayes, PhD
    Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, former chair of the Department of African American & African Studies, and the Horace T. Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Kim Gibbons, PhD
    Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota
  • LeAnne Johnson, PhD
    Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota's Department of Education Psychology and the department's Special Education program

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