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.

Note: If you need assistance or prefer to register for any of the training opportunities below by phone or email, contact our office.

Webinars—Setting Q Comp Site Goals

Audience: Coordinators or site leadership team members responsible for implementing Q Comp

Based on the “Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools: 2021 School Year Planning” document, sites will need to submit Q Comp site goal(s) for 2020-21. To assist with this process, the Minnesota Department of Education has planned two WebEx sessions around goal setting. These sessions are a repeat of the sessions conducted in July. Each session will be similar in content, so participants only need to attend one of the following WebEx sessions:

Register for the August 25, 10-11 a.m. webinar
Register for the August 27, 2-3 p.m. webinar

Please contact Michael Foster two weeks before the event to request a reasonable accommodation.

Questions can be sent to , and one of our team members will follow-up with you.

Student Learning Goals: Designing and Improving Systems for Student Success

Audience: District or site leadership team members responsible for implementing student learning goals as part of Q Comp or teacher development and evaluation plans.

The Minnesota Department of Education is offering two, two-day WebEx sessions around student learning goals. These workshops are designed for district, school, and teacher leaders who are looking to refine their student learning goals processes for in-person, hybrid, or distance learning environments. Participants will learn about the essential features of student learning goals systems, beginning with templates and checklists that are critical to establishing clear, coherent goals; and will examine ways to assess students using valid and reliable assessments aligned to state and local standards.

Participants need to register for one Day One session and one Day Two session to access the full training.

Option 1
Day One: Register for the August 11, 9-10 a.m. webinar
Day Two: Register for the August 12, 9-10 a.m. webinar

Option 2
Day One: Register for the August 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m. webinar
Day Two: Register for the August 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. webinar

Can’t make it to any of these options? Send an email message to and one of our team members will follow-up with you.

New this Fall: TDE/Q Comp Q&A Sessions!

This year, MDE will be hosting Q&A/Networking sessions focusing on topics supporting the implementation of Teacher Development and Evaluation (TDE) and Q Comp. These optional sessions are intended to provide spaces to trouble-shoot and collaborate as we navigate different school scenarios.

Come join other coordinators to discuss TDE/Q Comp implementation topics, including but not limited to TDE/Q Comp Fall Guidance, distance learning or hybrid modifications, site goals, etc. Please bring questions, ideas, and any resources to share as this will be a format in which we can all problem solve and learn from each other.

Intended Audience – Local coordinators and leaders of Q Comp or teacher development and evaluation (TDE). Space is limited to 100 participants, and facilitators will create smaller groups for discussion.

August Session Registrations – Use the links below to register.

Thursday, August 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Agenda – This is a participant-driven agenda, so no session will be entirely alike. The only limit on the conversation is a focus on local coordinators work to support the educator workforce through the implementation of TDE/Q Comp. If these are successful, additional dates in September and beyond will be added.

Please note: these Q&A offerings will not be recorded. However, we will publish key messages and resources following the sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

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.

Principal and Principal Supervisor Professional Development

For future principal and supervisor training, please contact Ann Mitchell