Led by Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is an innovative agency serving a wide range of customers: approximately 850,000 K-12 students and their families; 118,000 young children participating in a variety of early learning programs including Head Start and ECFE; 82,000 adult learners participating in adult education programs including GED and citizenship programs; Minnesota's 339 school districts and over 52,000 licensed teachers.
Improve educational achievement by establishing clear standards, measuring performance, assisting educators and increasing opportunities for lifelong learning.
As a department, we are focusing on four primary goals:
- Improve Achievement for all students
- Enhance Teacher Quality
- Expand Education Options for Students and Families
- Implement Education Finance Reform and Enhance Accountability
MDE Coordinates Project to Support Environmental and Outdoor Education.
With funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, beginning in 2011, MDE will be coordinating a project to integrate environmental education and outdoor education into the instruction of academic standards for students in grades 7-12. Professional development and program incentive grants will be provided to help teachers use the environment and outdoors as a context for student learning.
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
General Telephone: 651-582-8200