In order to increase access for students to high-performing schools, Great MN Schools is launching a “Good-to-Great” (G2G) investment strategy in 2018-19 that will focus on schools of all types – district, charter and independent – that are working to get even better results for students. We believe that with the right tools and supports in place to leverage a school’s strengths and address needs, we can accelerate a school’s growth from “good” to “great”. Schools that are eligible to participate in this program have shown promising results, based on a review of available data – including the MCA, NWEA/MAP, ACT, graduation rates, and/or the 5 Essentials Survey. G2G support for schools will progress through three phases:  Diagnostic Review, Roadmap Development and Implementation Support. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Melissa Long at


Technical Assistance:

Great MN Schools (GMS) believes that targeted technical assistance and expert guidance can help high-potential schools improve and high-performing schools sustain their success. We emphasize supports that build and strengthen leadership capacity at the instructional, operational, and governance levels. In partnership with Minnesota Comeback, the following programs are currently available to “proven and promising” district, charter, and independent schools in Minneapolis. (Schools are expected to cover a portion of the cost of each program and may be asked to submit a brief proposal explaining how the program will accelerate their progress toward clear goals for improvement.) Participating schools will have the opportunity to form or join “communities of practice” for certain programs to facilitate peer-to-peer communications and learning.

Executive Coaching

GMS is pleased to offer executive coaching in partnership with EdFuel, a national education nonprofit that works with districts, charter schools, and nonprofit organizations to increase their capacity and effectiveness by maximizing their talent systems, structures, and employee performance. Through a matching process, executive directors, principals, and assistant principals are able to select a coach from an experienced pool of national and local individuals. Coaches provide participants personalized guidance to help them build leadership and team management skills and develop the competencies necessary for success in their current positions while preparing them for potential future responsibilities or changes.


Board Development

Through a partnership with two experienced consultants, CharterSource and Eklund Consulting, GMS provides in-depth and customized planning, training, and coaching to improve school governance. Boards conduct a self-assessment, identify needs and priorities, develop clear annual goals and work plans, and then effectively implement those plans with expert support and guidance. Participants may be a charter school board, independent school board, or district school “site council” (if it has strategic and oversight responsibilities).


Achievement Network – ANet works alongside school leadership teams to strengthen their school-wide practice and culture of using learning standards, achievement data, and analysis of student work to get breakthrough results for students. The level of partnership with ANet is tailored to school need and readiness for implementation; this can include job embedded coaching for instructional leaders, interim assessments and data reports, tools and instructional resources.

Additionally, MN Comeback is supporting ANet to facilitate several “Learning Walks” a year as part of a Professional Learning Series. Participants are part of a cohort that develops insights into the state of instruction in the schools visited while better establishing what high quality instruction looks like in practice. And, includes reflection on the leadership moves that have brought the school to current practice while illuminating trends to inform teaching, coaching and professional development.


Relay National Principal Academy Fellowship – an intensive year-long job-embedded leadership program for current principals and principal supervisors focused on: data-driven instruction through effective implementation of school-wide systems for collecting and analyzing student work; daily practices to maintain engaging learning environments; best practices and routines for effective classroom observation and feedback to teachers; deepening leaders’ understanding of math and reading standards.  


TNTP Instructional Culture Insight Survey – this diagnostic tool uses teacher feedback to help school leaders understand how their teachers perceive their school culture, with questions targeted to: the school’s instructional leadership practices; adult culture; professional development and leadership; and other key components that make the school a supportive and positive organization within which to work.


The School Leadership Project Bench Program – a year-long leadership development program designed for successful teachers in years 3-7 of their practice to explore the skills and practices for effective adult leadership and to pursue a meaningful leadership goal with a site based mentor.


New Leaders Principal Institute – a program for leaders who are in new principal, instructional coaching or assistant principal roles. Provides targeted, job-connected support to coach colleagues to improve teaching, influence learning across classrooms, and reflect on and improve their own practice.


For information about the Executive Coaching and Board Development programs, please contact Rosie Lais at For information about ANet, Relay, TNTP Instructional Culture Insight Survey, the Bench Program, or the New Leaders Principal Institute please contact Cay Kimbrell, Director of Talent at Minnesota Comeback, at