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School Site Visits:

Are you wondering what a learner-centered learning environment can look like?

 

Come and be inspired (virtually or in-person) by these awesome MLCN environments!

Use the filters below to sort our offerings by school or by the school visit's focus, aligned with the seven Principle of Student-Centered education.

  Participating Schools:

MLCN 2022-2023 School Visit Schedule

Use the filters below to sort our offerings by school or by the school visit's focus, aligned with the seven Principle of Student-Centered education.

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School
Principle Focus
Grade
Charter / Traditional
Date
Time
Paladin Career & Technical High School
Positive Relationships
High School
Charter
11/12/2022
9:00-11:00am
Avalon School
Student Ownership & Agency
High School
Charter
12/10/2022
8:40-11:00am
Farmington High School
Student Ownership & Agency
High School
Traditional
12/15/2022
8:15-11:15am
Spring Grove Public Schools
Anytime, Anywhere
High School
Traditional
01/04/2023
Northwest Passage High School
Anytime, Anywhere
High School
Charter
01/19/2023
12:30-3:30PM
Minnesota New Country School
Anytime, Anywhere
High School
Charter
01/25/2023
AM
Farmington High School
Anytime, Anywhere
High School
Traditional
01/25/2023
12:00-3:00pm
Prairie Creek Community School
Positive Identity
Elementary
Charter
02/03/2023
Avalon School
Positive Identity
High School
Charter
02/10/2023
8:40-11:00am
Minnesota New Country School
Positive Identity
High School
Charter
02/22/2023
AM
Level Up Academy
Competency-Based
Elementary
Charter
03/02/2023
Farmington High School
Competency-Based
High School
Traditional
03/23/2023
8:15-11:15am
Spring Grove Public Schools
Real-World Relevant
High School
Traditional
04/04/2023
Northwest Passage High School
Real-World Relevant
High School
Charter
04/19/2023
8:30-12:00pm
Prairie Creek Community School
Foundational Needs Met
Elementary
Charter
05/02/2023
Paladin Career & Technical High School
Foundational Needs Met
High School
Charter
05/13/2023
1:00-3:00pm

Avalon School

6-12 (urban, public charter school)

St. Paul, MN

Avalon is an innovative learning community that leverages student agency and teacher ownership. Avalon students design independent projects, choose their seminars, and create rules for Avalon through democratic ownership. While students are empowered to lead their education and accept responsibility for the school community, Avalon teachers are similarly empowered. There is no principal or director; instead the teachers operate as leaders and shared owners.

 

Location: 

Avalon School,

700 Glendale St,

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Contact: 

Carrie Bakken carrie@avalonschool.org

651-649-5495 x205

avalonschool.org

Level Up Academy

K-8 (suburban, public charter school)
White Bear Lake, MN


The Level Up Academy curriculum reflects the needs of each student and is documented through personalized learning plans. While parts of the curriculum consist of online leveled games and the use of the digital platform instructional and assessment tools, the teacher and student explore multiple approaches to achieve these goals. The teachers also operate collectively to choose behavior and classroom management systems designed to create an engaging school community based on respect and empathy.


Location:

Level Up Academy,

2600 East Co Rd E,

White Bear Lake, MN, 55110

Contact:

Molly Dandelet  

dandelet@levelupacademy.org 

651-408-5559 ext. 302

www.levelupacademy.org

Northwest Passage Charter High School

9-12 (Suburban, charter public school)

Coon Rapids, MN

Northwest Passage Charter High School (NWPHS) is a student centered learning environment for students in 9-12+ grade.  NWPHS focuses on project based and experiential learning, with regular out of school field studies and 20+ overnight learning expeditions.  NWPHS has a maximum of 180 students and a long term advisory model with 15-16 9-12th grade students per advisory. NWPHS is a Teacher-Powered School with a teacher majority school board.

Location: 

Northwest Passage Charter High School

11345 Robinson Dr

Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Contact:

Peter Wieczorek 

715-641-2254

pwieczorek@nwphs.org

Website: nwphs.org

Prairie Creek Community School

K-5 (rural, public charter school)

Northfield, MN

Parents, teachers, staff, and students cooperate with one another and with others outside the school to create a joyful and challenging climate for learning. We help children discover the power and excitement of their minds, their feelings and their bodies, their relationships, their art. We assure children of their value, encourage their accomplishments, and respect their individual learning styles. We value diversity. We emphasize cooperation, promote self-reflection, support innovation, and value change. We share our philosophy and practice with others and learn from them. We value justice, gender-fairness, and conflict resolution. We educate children to live as responsive, responsible members of their own communities, now and into the future.

Location: 

Prairie Creek Community School 

27695 Denmark Ave

Northfield, MN 55057

Contact: 

Simon Tyler 

styler@prairiecreek.org

Website: http://www.prairiecreek.org/

Farmington High School

9-12 (suburban, public district school)

Farmington, MN

Farmington Area Public Schools mission is to provide a student centered culture that radiates a dream of an entirely new educational world, is to ensure each student continuously achieves one’s highest aspirations while demonstrating responsibility to communities through a system distinguished by: passion for continuous growth; humanitarian purpose; personal reflection which gives meaning to learning; individual empathetic agency; and, radical trust in self and others.

Location: 

Farmington High School, 20655 Flagstaff Ave, Farmington, MN 55024

Contact: 

Daniel Pickens,

dpickens@farmington.k12.mn.us 

https://fhs.farmington.k12.mn.us/

Minnesota New Country

K-12 (rural, public charter school)

Henderson, MN

The mission of MNCS is to guide students toward self-actualization. To achieve that mission, MNCS leverages the power of purposeful relationships, community, student-led project-based learning, experiential education, and collaborative teacher ownership.

 

Locations: 

Minnesota New Country School (elementary)

127 N 8th St, Henderson

MN 56044

Minnesota New Country School (secondary)

210 Main St, Henderson, MN 56044

Contacts:

Jim Wartman

jwartman@newcountryschool.com

newcountryschool.com

Paladin 

9-12 (urban)

Coon Rapids, MN

Paladin Career & Technical High School uses an individu­alized instructional model for each student. Our model in­corporates work-based learning, seminar-based learning, project­-based learning, and experien­tial learning to meet the needs of each individual stu­dent. Students earn credit to­wards graduation by attend­ing educator-led seminars, participating in experiential learning opportunities (trips and treks), completing student­-led/ guided projects, meeting employment/ entrepreneur­ship goals (work-based learning), attending Post Secondary Education Options (PSEO), along with a variety of other innovative methods. Students who have strug­gled to be successful in the education system in the past are given a variety of support systems at Paladin Ca­reer & Technical High School. In addition to the per­sonal/social support offered by school staff, flexibility, and relationship building are also provided in the education model. 

Location:

Paladin Career & Technical High School

10220 Goldenrod St NW,

Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Contact:

Samantha Ross

samantha.ross@pcths.org

paladincareertech.com

Spring Grove Schools

K-12 (rural, traditional public school)

Spring Grove, MN

Location: 

113 2nd Ave NW,

Spring Grove, MN 55974

Contact: 

Website: https://www.springgrove.k12.mn.us/