Regional Centers of Excellence

Minnesota’s Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE) deliver a wealth of support and services straight to schools -- and it’s working. Centers are staffed by specialists with a full range of expertise, including math, reading, special education, English language development, equity, graduation support, implementation, data analysis, school leadership and district support.

For districts or charters with schools identified under the accountability system, the RCEs provide on-the-ground assistance to create the capacity and conditions that support change and continuous improvement. The Centers partner with leadership teams to facilitate school improvement efforts focused on equity for underserved student groups.
Once designated, comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) and targeted support and improvement (TSI) schools must conduct a  needs assessment, build and strengthen leadership teams, and develop school improvement plans, but they don’t have to go it alone. The schools can get help from Minnesota’s Regional Centers of Excellence. In addition to content expertise, center specialists offer an outside perspective on schools’ efforts to increase student outcomes.

In 2015, the Regional Centers of Excellence were named one of Harvard Ash Center’s Top 25 Innovations in Government.

Learn about the Regional Centers of Excellence through the journey of three schools that worked in partnership with the RCE. Regional Centers of Excellence video.
  • Regional Center Contacts 2021-22 - 9/16/21
    See contact information for regional directors and the program manager.
  • Minnesota's Equity Commitments - 4/1/21
  • Formula for Success - 1/14/19
    This document depicts Minnesota’s efforts to support school improvement through an effective implementation infrastructure to sustain meaningful change and improve outcomes for all students.
  • School Improvement Timeline-Year 1 - 8/31/18
    Informed by stakeholders, this timeline outlines the critical activities that should happen in the first year of identification for support.
  • School Improvement Theory of Action - 6/15/18
    Informed by stakeholders, this is the theory of action that guides the work of the Centers
  • Linked Teams - 2/29/16
    An infrastructure of linked Implementation Teams contributes to creating coherent and aligned system functions that provide feedback loops. The model includes classrooms, learning teams of teachers, school leadership teams and district leadership teams; center regional teams; regional director team; cross-agency team; and an advisory team.