Best Practices

The best practice resources listed on this page are used to promote collaborative work between teachers, improve instruction, and increase student learning and success.

Continuous improvement and professional development work in tandem to address school district efforts in reaching student achievement goals. High-quality professional development includes these important elements:

  • Aligning with school improvement plans.
  • Focusing on student achievement needs.
  • Sustaining efforts over time with an emphasis on continuous improvement in instruction.
  • Requiring learning communities in which teachers work collaboratively to learn and implement new knowledge and skills.
  • Providing differentiated teacher support using teacher observations with ongoing coaching and mentoring. 


Minnesota Statutes – Professional Development
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides programs, support and technical assistance to schools with implementing Minnesota Statutes through the use of professional development best practices. These practices have the primary focus in improving teacher effectiveness and increasing student achievement and include the establishment of high-quality district and school staff development programs and activities, teacher leaders, mentoring for probationary teachers, and teacher evaluation and support systems.

Opportunities for professional development in the areas are listed below and more will be added as they become available. Check the MDE Calendar for all training, workshops and events sponsored by the department