Minnesota Resources

Minnesota Resources

Federal Resources for Minnesota

Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) State Network: Minnesota

Established by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on PBIS is charged with providing schools capacity-building information and TA for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practices. This page of the Center’s Web site includes contact information for Minnesota’s PBIS coordinators and facilitators and its designated TA Center partner.

State Resources for Minnesota

Advancement Project: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: Web Site and State Map
Advancement Project works at both the national level and with grassroots organizations nationwide to examine, expose, and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students. It also works to build capacity for community-led work and build bridges among those working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. This map presents State-based activities, resources, and news related to the school-to-prison pipeline.


Character Education Partnership: Minnesota
Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a national advocate for the character education movement. This site provides information about character education efforts in Minnesota, including links to State Schools of Character (SSOC)—schools identified as having reached a standard of excellence within their States in the area of character development, information for those interested in applying to become an SSOC, and contact information for the State’s character education coordinator.


Dignity in Schools Campaign: Resources on Your State: Minnesota
This Web site includes resources, by State, that the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) has been collecting for stakeholders. For some States, the Web site includes information on suspension and the pipeline to prison, as well as parent advocacy guides related to student pushout.


Minnesota Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

(Minnesota Department of Education)

This site provides information on the implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in Minnesota. It includes information and resources for coaches and trainers as well as upcoming PBIS training and events.


National Center for School Engagement Truancy Program Registry
The National Center for School Engagement provides a registry of truancy reduction programs by State, and includes detailed information about each program including contact information and evidence of effectiveness. Searches can also be narrowed by keywords, grade level, evidence of effectiveness, and more.


National Center on Response to Intervention: RTI State Database: Minnesota
Response to Intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and interventions to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. This database provides locally-developed (by States, territories, or districts) resources on a number of topics related to RTI, including behavior management, disproportionality, and cultural and linguistic competence. The resources, which range from policy documents and briefs to trainings and tools, are provided in an effort to share examples and information across States. Site visitors can search the database by State, topic (e.g., disproportionality, cultural and linguistic diversity), grade level, resource type, and/or audience.


National School Climate Center: School Climate Policies and Laws Database: Minnesota
This database contains information about laws and policies designed to address school climate and bullying prevention in each State. From this database, users can generate profiles of State policies for school climate and bullying prevention efforts, and view reports on State policies on these two issues. 


Restorative Measures

(Minnesota Department of Education)

This Web site includes tools and resources related to restorative practices including the Restorative Interventions Implementation Tool Kit, findings from the 2011 Restorative Measures in Schools principal survey, and other related resources.


Restorative Justice—Schools and Youth Information

(Minnesota Department of Corrections)

This Web site provides links to restorative justice publications and resources, including a document that provides a brief summary of restorative measures in Minnesota schools.

Local Resources for Minnesota

Positive School Climate Tool Kit
(Minneapolis Public Schools)
The "Creating a Positive School Climate for Learning" tool kit targets building leaders, teachers, and staff in Minneapolis Public Schools. Topics addressed in this tool kit include data-driven decisionmaking, student engagement, school safety, cultural competence, family and community involvement, and instruction.

Free and Reduced-Cost Legal Resources and Legal Referral Services for Minnesota Students

This is a resource for parents seeking attorneys in the area of education law (e.g., expulsion and due process hearings). It includes lists of individuals and organizations that have indicated to the Minnesota Department of Education that they will provide free or reduced-cost legal assistance, referrals to attorneys, and/or other forms of student advocacy. Each agency may have limitations on whom it can serve. 

Parent Guide to the Expulsion/Exclusion Process

This guide provides parents with information about statewide expulsion and exclusion procedures. 

Parent Guide to the Suspension Process

This guide provides parents with information about statewide suspension procedures. 

School Discipline and Children With Disabilities: An Interactive Guide for Minnesota Families

(PACER Center)

This interactive guide is based on Federal and State law and provides the user with a step-by-step guide through the process that Minnesota schools must follow to determine disciplinary actions for students with disabilities.

What Probation Officers Need to Know About School Discipline and Special Education When Students Have Academic and Behavioral Disorders

 (PACER Center)

This guide describes the questions that probation officers need to ask about school discipline, special education, and students’ academic history to best meet the needs of the students they are working with.