Professional Development

The Division of School Support provides high-quality training, tools and technical assistance for several practices related to teacher development and evaluation (TDE), Quality Compensation (Q Comp), principal development and evaluation (PDE), and staff development. We consult with educators, state professional organization leaders and national experts to help Minnesota districts and schools design, implement and continuously improve teacher and leader effectiveness models.

To achieve our shared vision of continuous improvement of principal leadership, teacher practices and student outcomes, we:

  • Offer high-quality, customized professional development for districts and charter schools.
  • Are flexible and use multiple support methods (e.g., workshops, webinars, site-based assistance) to differentiate and supplement district and school professional development needs.
  • Consult with district leadership teams to support continual improvement (e.g., be a critical friend or thought partner; engage in problem-solving; provide a unique perspective informed by emerging best practices and other district and state practices; provide tools to assess the quality of plan design, implementation or both).
  • Clarify statutes, including TDE, Q Comp and staff development, and provide support to complete applications, program updates and reports.
  • Work with districts and charter schools across the state by being a visible, accessible and supportive resource.

Use our contact information on the left navigation menu to ask how our team can partner with your educators.

Q Comp Application Writing Workshops

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) offers Q Comp application writing workshops, upon request. Contact Currently, there is a waiting list for Q Comp funding.

Coaching and Feedback: A Roadmap for Success 

This two day workshop will help coaches, peer reviewers and evaluators increase their skills by refining current practices, tools and strategies to increase teacher growth and student learning. We will start with individual observer roles, dispositions and behaviors, then move to the critical features of an observation process that uses specific techniques and tools to help build the capacity of observers. Participants will learn how to: maximize individual teacher strengths; scaffold post-observation conferences based on evidence; hone techniques to help with difficult conversations; and, align individual growth and development plans to school goals. Participant teams will analyze their current rubrics before using them during mock observation processes to practice collecting and scoring data, and frame instructional feedback.

Audience:  Peer reviewer teams Q Comp Coordinators and administrators. We highly recommend the full team of peer reviewers and evaluators attend.

If you prefer not to register online, contact us to register.

Jumpstart Your Professional Learning Communities for Success

Are your professional learning communities (PLCs) feeling a little flat? Do your meetings lean heavy on the professional and light on the community? Do you want to review or catch up on the PLC series on building and sustaining a collaborative culture that was presented last year? This workshop is for PLC facilitator teams who want to add meaning and purpose to their current PLCs to help move teaching and learning further.

Teams will be enabled to identify and describe the critical features of high-functioning PLCs that establish a results-centered focus to improve instruction and student learning. Through practice, creation, and discussion, teams will examine changes in PLC practices that lead to increased student achievement. Participants will also identify critical learning team features, apply and discuss protocols for adult work, and apply and analyze protocols for examining student work.

Intended audience: PLC facilitators, Q Comp coordinators and administrators. We highly recommend the full team of PLC facilitators attend.

Student Learning Goals: Designing and Improving Systems for Student Success 

This workshop is designed for district, school, and teacher leaders who are beginning or refining their Student Learning Goals process. Participants will: develop strategies for the refinement and implementation of student growth measures; learn about the essential features of Student Learning Goals systems, beginning with templates and checklists that are critical to establishing clear, coherent goals; and, engage in a needs assessment and planning process to identify areas to improve over time.

If you have questions regarding this training series or need someone to register you, please contact Anne Danielson at 651-582-8484.


Principal and Principal Supervisor Professional Development

For future principal and supervisor training, please contact Ann Mitchell.