The Regional Centers of Excellence (RCEs) were put in place to provide cohesive, focused systemic support to districts and schools to maximize resources, build capacity, and promote sustainability of reform efforts to increase educational equity, excellence and efficacy for all students.
MDE partners with six service cooperatives as fiscal agents to host the RCEs, each of which has a full-time center director and other staff hired regionally. The RCEs started by creating the Statewide System of Support to assist leadership teams in Priority and Focus schools to raise student achievement and close the achievement gap. Two years later, the RCEs began working to offer services and support to all schools in the state to implement the World's Best Workforce goals.
The expansion of the centers, as outlined Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.115, has doubled the number of centers in Minnesota, from three to six. This increased level of service enables the RCEs to collaboratively establish a coherent statewide system of regional support that includes consulting, training, and technical support. Working together, we can maximize the assistance available to schools and substantially increase student achievement.