Public Engagement

As the Minnesota Department of Education works closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to plan for the 2020-21 school year, we want to hear from families about their experience with the distance learning this spring.

As part of this public engagement process, MDE conducted an informal survey of Minnesota families about their distance learning experiences. 

The survey received an overwhelming response from the community. Between June 15 and July 6, MDE collected more than 130,000 completed responses in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish. 

The survey asked a series of questions about parents’ experiences with distance learning in the spring of 2020 and their hopes for the 2020-21 school year. The graphics and data outlined include information from all respondents and information sorted by self-reported race and ethnicity data. 

See the results of the survey in a variety of formats:

We deeply appreciate the feedback we received from families and will take it under consideration as plans are made for the fall.

In partnership with MDH and the Governor’s Office we plan to announce a decision for which model of educational delivery will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, school staff and school communities for the 2020-21 school year by the week of July 27, 2020.

As we are monitoring the public health situation and working on our decision for the fall, MDE will continue to gather feedback from students, families, educators, and school staff. MDE is working with the Wisconsin/Minnesota Comprehensive Center (WMCC) to hold group conversations to get feedback on distance learning. Groups we are engaging with:
  • BARR
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Children’s Cabinet
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Coalition of Asian American Leaders
  • Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans
  • Council of Minnesotans of African Heritage
  • Early Learning Coordinators
  • Education Minnesota
  • Education Partnership Coalition
  • Elementary and Secondary School Families
  • Full Service Community School Coordinators
  • Ignite After School
  • Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs
  • Minnesota Association of Charter Schools
  • Minnesota Association of School Administrators
  • Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Minnesota Association of Special Education
  • Minnesota Community Education Association
  • Minnesota Council of Latino Affairs
  • Minnesota Education Equity Partnership
  • Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association
  • Minnesota Rural Education Association
  • Minnesota School Board Association
  • Minnesota School Nutrition Association
  • Minnesota Youth Council
  • Parent Teacher Associations
  • Racial Equity Coordinators
  • School Bus/Transportation Companies
  • School Nurses of Minnesota
  • Second Harvest Heartland
  • Secondary School Students
  • SEIU 284
  • Tribal Nations Education Committee
  • United Way
  • Urban Indian Alliance

In addition to these feedback groups, MDE has collaborated with the WMCC to do a systems review of distance learning plans focused on structure, content and equity. This information will also help to identify any themes for our continued work in developing guidance for the fall.