Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning in EP

Welcome to the Department of Personalized Learning. We are dedicated to leading change and equipping and connecting members of our learning community so they can be more effective educators through inspiration, innovation, and reflection. The Personalized Learning Department provides programs and services in the areas of curriculum and instruction, research and assessment, parent involvement, and professional learning and development.

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Equity and Achievement and Integration

Eden Prairie Schools is committed to our mission of “inspiring each student every day” through high expectations, culturally responsive teaching and equity.

We will eliminate the student achievement disparities resulting in higher performance for all learners.

View the Achievement and Integration Plan

View the 2018 Progress Report

View the 2019 Progress Report

World's Best Workforce

The World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) plan and progress report, in accordance with the Minnesota statute, highlights Eden Prairie Schools’ progress towards student achievement goals. WBWF specifically targets eliminating an achievement gap by increasing student proficiency across all racial, service and socio economic groups.  

Eden Prairie Schools continues to evaluate and improve our plan to address the five, state-wide goals as well as integrate this work in our Ends Policy Reporting and Strategic Plan.

World’s Best Workforce Goals:

  • All children are ready for school.
  • All third-graders can read at grade level.
  • All racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed.
  • All students are ready for career and college.
  • All students graduate from high school.

District and School Achievement Goals

All Children Ready for School

By January 30, 2020, 75% of Little Eagles Preschool Teachers will be able to identify gaps in student performance by examining problems of practice. 

All Third Graders Can Read at Grade Level

By June 30, 2020, the number of 3rd graders meeting standards of reading proficiency will increase from 81.7% to 83% as measured on two out of the three reading assessments (Spring FastBridge, Spring Fountas and Pinnell, MCA & MTAS Reading, based on students enrolled as of October 1, 2019).

All Racial and Economic Achievement Gaps Between Students Are Closed

1) The percentage of all students enrolled by October 1, 2018 grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in:

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 74.4% to 76 % in 2020. 
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from  69.5%  to 73 % in 2020. 

2) The percentage of American Indian or Alaskan Native students enrolled by October 1, 2018 grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in 

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 71.4%  to 73% in 2020. 
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from  57.1%  to 59.1% in 2020. 

3) The percentage of Asian students enrolled by October 1, 2018  grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in 

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 84%  to 86% in 2020. 
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from  87.4%  to 89.4% in 2020. 

4) The percentage of Hispanic students enrolled by October 1, 2018  grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in 

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 59.6%  to 61.6% in 2020. 
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 47.3% to 49.3% in 2020. 

5) The percentage of Black students or African American enrolled by October 1, 2018  grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in 

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 49.8% to  51.8% in 2020. 
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from  38.5%  to 40.5% in 2020. 

6) The percentage of Two or More Races enrolled by October 1, 2018 grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in 

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 71.7% to 73.7% in 2020.
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 65.1% to 67.1% in 2020.

7) The percentage of white students enrolled by October 1, 2018 grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in 

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 80.4% to 82.4% in 2020.
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 77% to 79% in 2020.

8) The percentage of SPED students enrolled by October 1, 2018  grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in 

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 37.4%  to 39.4% in 2020. 
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 33.6% to 35.6% in 2020. 

9) The percentage of ELL students enrolled by October 1, 2018 grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 21.8% to 23.8% in 2020.
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 21.8% to 23.8% in 2020.

10) The percentage of FRP students enrolled by October 1, 2018 grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in 

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 48.9% to 50.9% in 2020. 
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 40.3% to 42.3% in 2020.

All Students Are Ready for Career and College

By June 30, 2020, the number of Eden Prairie 11th grade students earning a composite score of 21 as measured by the ACT college readiness assessment will increase from 66.7% to 74%.

All Students Graduate from High School

1.) By June 30, 2020, the number Eden Prairie students graduating from high school within 4 years will increase will increase from 90.6% to 93%.

2.) By June 30, 2020, the number of Hispanic/Latino Eden Prairie students graduating from high school within 4 years will increase will increase from 92.5% to 94.5%.

3.) By June 30, 2020, the number of Asian Eden Prairie the number Eden Prairie students graduating from high school within 4 years will increase will increase from 95.7% to 97.7%.

4.) By June 30, 2020, the number Black or African American Eden Prairie the number Eden Prairie students graduating from high school within 4 years will increase will increase from 71.0% to 73%.

5.) By June 30, 2020, the number White Eden Prairie the number Eden Prairie students graduating from high school within 4 years will increase will increase from 92.6% to 94.6%.

6.) By June 30, 2020, the number Two or More Races Eden Prairie the number Eden Prairie students graduating from high school within 4 years will increase will increase from 92.5%  to 94.5%.


School Sites Achievement Goals

Eden Prairie Schools 2018-2019 Achievement Goals

Eden Prairie Schools 2019-2020 Achievement Goals

2018-2019 District and School Achievement Goals

All Children Ready for School

By September 30, 2018, Little Eagles Preschool will increase from 38.5% of children served to 41.5% who will begin kindergarten at age five in the fall of 2019.

All Third Graders Can Read at Grade Level

By June 30th, 2019, the number of 3rd graders meeting standards of reading proficiency will increase from 78.2% to 79% as measured on two out of the three reading assessments (Spring FastBridge, Spring Fountas and Pinnell, MCA & MTAS Reading, based on students enrolled as of October 1, 2018).

All Racial and Economic Achievement Gaps Between Students Are Closed

The percentage of all students enrolled by October 1, 2018 grades 3-8 and HS at Eden Prairie School District who earn an achievement level of Meets or Exceeds the Standards in:

  • Reading on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from 75% to 76% in 2019.
  • Math on all state accountability tests (MCA and MTAS) will increase from  70% to 73 % in 2019.

All Students Are Ready for Career and College

By June 30, 2019, the number of Eden Prairie 11th grade students earning a composite score of 21 as measured by the ACT college readiness assessment will increase from 72% to 74%.

All Students Graduate from High School

By June 30, 2019, the number of Eden Prairie students graduating from high school within 4 years will increase from 87.8% to 93%.


School Sites Achievement Goals

Eden Prairie Schools 2018-2019 Achievement Goals

Eden Prairie Schools 2019-2020 Achievement Goals

Student Progress

The results of standardized assessments taken by Eden Prairie students are used in a variety of ways, including:

  • Instructional Planning:
    • Results are used by teachers to help plan personalized instruction and monitor progress toward individual student goals and grade level benchmarks.
  • Meet the Needs of Each:
    • Results are used by teachers to identify the need for differentiated instruction.
  • Placement:
    • Results are used as one of the criteria for participation in programs (i.e. MOSAIC, Key) and classes (i.e. Accelerated Math, Enriched Science).
  • Continuous School Improvement:
    • Results are used by schools and the district to evaluate programs and plan programming improvements.
  • Accountability:
    • Results are used by the district as an accountability measurement and / or to fulfill the requirements of state and federal legislation.
  • College and Career Readiness:
    • Results are used to indicate readiness for postsecondary success in college and / or career and inform course selection and career interests.

The Eden Prairie Schools assessment plan includes all state and district assessments anticipated for the school year with information about the assessment, who takes it, when administered, how the results are used and how results are disseminated.

Parents have the option to opt their child(ren) out of district and statewide assessments. For more information on opting out of statewide assessments see Parent / Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing. For more information on opting out of district assessments please see your school’s assessment coordinator.

The Eden Prairie Schools testing plan includes all state and district assessments anticipated for the  school year with information on who takes the tests, when they are administered, and how the results are used.

EPS District Assessment Calendar

Programming to Improve Student Achievement

Personalized Learning & Closing the Achievement Gap

 During the 2019-2020 school year, we will continue efforts to ensure racial and socioeconomic inequalities in achievement are addressed in a culturally relevant and responsive manner by all staff, with each staff member understanding culturally responsive practices and securing high expectations for each student.

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports will strengthened in every building in the district as part of the Multi-tiered System of Supports. This includes universally designed opportunities to teach and acknowledge the building and classroom behavioral expectations with all students, in addition to  tiered supports being designed and implemented in a culturally relevant and responsive manner based on observed instructional needs. This 3-5 year implementation effort will be monitored through the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (completed by each building PBIS team) and the Self-Assessment Survey (completed by each staff member) to assess implementation status and monitor progress within each site over time. 

The fidelity of implementation of recently adopted math curriculum will be measured.   Professional learning and coaching will continue to focus on supporting teachers to implement high quality, large group instruction that responsively meets the needs of all learners within a framework of high expectations for all. Coaching will be provided to ensure continued fidelity of implementation and ongoing focus on student-centered outcomes, intentionally giving each student access to meaningful, personalized learning of grade level standards.

An initial implementation of a revised K-6 ELA curriculum frameworks, assessments and literacy resource will happen at each of the elementary schools.  A teacher from each grade level will engage in professional learning and job embedded coaching as members of the implementation team.  Not only will there be in-depth learning around literacy but also leadership development to guide the full implementation in the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, the 7-12 ELA framework will be reviewed to address vertical alignment of learning targets. Additional resources to fill instructional gaps in the development of reading skills will also be explored.

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports paradigm will be employed that will  explicitly utilize a data-based decision making protocol to identify specific instructional gaps and the relevant instructional match to address that gap in reading skill development.

  • Each student in K-6 demonstrating a gap in foundational grade level skills in reading and math will be identified by educational staff and be provided with a targeted instructional opportunity matched to their skill need through the Multi-tiered System of Supports decision making process
  • Each student in 7-8 demonstrating a gap in achieving a passing grade in a reading or math course will be provided with a targeted instructional opportunity matched to their skill need through the Multi-tiered System of Supports decision making process 
  • Each student in 9-12 demonstrating a gap in credit acquisition toward graduation will be identified by educational staff and be provided with a targeted instructional opportunity matched to their skill need through the Multi-tiered System of Supports decision making process

School administrators meet with individual, grade level, or department level staff and teams to review and discuss disaggregated student data to make informed instructional decisions. Increase percentage of grade level PLC use of multiple, relevant data sources disaggregated by race to inform instructional decisions, evidenced by PLC data reports.

Increase implementation of AVID program and strategy at all schools.

Increase the number of parents from diverse backgrounds that participate in monthly affinity group meetings, preschool parent involvement meetings, college and career ready sessions, ready for secondary sessions, and parent empowerment courses. Increase the number of parents of color involved in some capacity in their child’s schools.

Through the learning of our district curriculum, students will become creative problem solvers, communicators, critical thinkers and collaborators.  Authentic learning experiences are designed in which students apply real-world knowledge and skills through performance tasks. 

Tools for Improving Instruction, Curriculum, and Student Achievement

Staff Development:

We believe professional learning is fundamental to providing high levels of learning for each student. All employees will have learning opportunities and a professional responsibility to actively engage in continuous learning to improve their practice.

Eden Prairie Schools Guiding Principles for Professional Learning:

  • Job-embedded learning is grounded in day-to-day practices
  • Collaborative culture empowers employees to work interdependently to achieve common goals 
  • Learning is ongoing and occurs as part of routine work practices
  • Conditions are created for a culture of sustained and perpetual learning
  • Learning by doing develops a deeper understanding and greater commitment 
  • Employees are active partners in personalizing their learning; determining the content of their learning, how learning occurs, and evaluating its effectiveness

Strategies included: 

  • Maintained and strengthened the Instructional Excellence Team comprised of coaches, principals, associate principals, and instructional directors during the 2018-2019 school year  
  • Furthered the purpose of the Instructional Excellence Team to provide job-embedded professional development and ensure high levels of learning experiences for each student 
  • To increase the success of each student, teachers and coaches worked to implement instructional practices which were culturally relevant and personalized for each learner 
  • Professional Development Steering Committee comprised of administrators, teachers and parents met three times during the 2018-2019 school year to review staff development practices and suggest recommendations to improve practices

QComp:

During the 2018-2019 school year, Eden Prairie Schools saw a positive impact on classroom instruction and student achievement as evidenced by teacher feedback and surveys. 

Strategies included: 

  • Selection of a valid and reliable rubric to clearly define expectations of high-quality teaching
  • Training that included the calibration of the valid and reliable rubric for QComp observers and principals 
  • Teachers intentionally practiced reflective thinking about their instruction through face to face professional conversations 

Teacher Development & Evaluation


This is a multi-year approach to teacher evaluation. All Eden Prairie teachers and other licensed personnel participate in goal-setting, professional development, classroom observations and a summative evaluation to support professional growth, and ultimately, student achievement. The holistic evaluation by administrators will take into account data regarding student achievement, student engagement, and the teacher/staff member’s performance during observations, over a three-year period. Staff members also participate in a documented individual growth plan.  


Principal Development & Evaluation

This is a continuous improvement process in which the principals are provided formative assessment through a 360° survey instrument and a goal-setting process that is used to monitor and inform the summative evaluation by the principal’s supervisor. The purpose of the process is to support the professional growth and development of principals and improve student learning. A minimum of 35% of the annual goals are evaluated on the basis of measurable improvement in longitudinal student achievement, and the process is built upon the seven core principal competencies which include: strategic leadership, instructional leadership, managerial leadership, cultural leadership, communication leadership, school community leadership, and ethical and professional leadership. Principals set specific, measurable goals in these areas, articulate action plans to achieve the goals, and monitor progress toward the goals. All of this is shared with the principal’s supervisor in an annual evaluation conference. 


Professional Learning Communities

The Professional Learning Community (PLC) framework guides the work of our collaborative teams and they take collective responsibility to ensure all students succeed. This cycle of work is ongoing and grounded in the spirit of continuous improvement through a collegial approach to improving student achievement and professional practice.  

Strategies included: 

  • Deepening teachers’ understanding of the guaranteed and viable curriculum, what students should know and be able to do according to MN state standards
  • Continued use of student assessment data during the PLC process 
  • Engaged in enriching discussion about specific students and working to improve their instructional practices by learning from one another

Access to Excellent & Diverse Teachers:

Equitable access to teachers and principals focused on our mission is a priority in Eden Prairie Schools. The district’s process for placement of experienced, effective and in-field teachers happens through the right of assignment by building principals. Annually, principals review data and use this to make placement decisions to maintain equitable access to excellent and diverse teachers. To uphold highly effective PLCs focused on increasing student achievement and growth and reducing achievement disparities the experience, effectiveness, and strengths of individual teachers is considered when establishing PLC teams. 

World's Best Workforce Advisory Committee

World's Best Workforce Committee (formerly Curriculum Advisory Committee)

Here’s your opportunity to give input into the Eden Prairie Schools’ curriculum. The Eden Prairie Schools World's Best Workforce Committee (WBWF) provides review and comment on district-wide educational standards, curriculum, and program evaluations.

2019-2020 WBWF Members

Michelle Ament (Senior Director of Personalized Learning)

Hani Abdi (Cultural Liaison), Mohamed Ahmed (Cultural Liaison), Ashley Bakke (Instructional Excellence Coordinator), Nick Kremer (Director of Curriculum), Jessica Kurtz (Cultural Liaison), Brett Lobben (Associate Principal, Forest Hills Elementary), Karen Meyer (Director of Data Services and Assessment), Ahmed Noor (Cultural Liaison), Dr. Josh Swanson (Superintendent)

Daphne Edwards, Anna Erickson, Patrice Erickson, Cheryl Heaney,  Shannan LaMalfa-Statz, Ashley Leary, Ron Lockman, Megan Malone, Krista Paster, Ali Peterson, Rajashree Rao, Michelle Schulze, Darryl Stanton, Stacey Stelter, Dr. Padmini Udupa, Laura Wall, Victor Walter, Leslie Wright, Beth Yeh


Meetings scheduled for the 2019-20 school year: Meetings are held from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Administrative Service Center 

2019-20 meetings:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Monday, January 13, 2020

Tuesday, February 19, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

 

2018-19 meetings:

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

 

2017-18 meetings:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018


Are you interested in joining WBWF?

Contact the Department of Personalized Learning and Instruction at: (952) 975-7153

You may apply at any time. Positions are filled as there are openings. If more people apply than openings available, selection of committee members will ensure that the membership reflects site representation and the diversity of the district.

Kids raising their hands in class

American Indian Parent Advisory Committee(AIPAC)

 

The parent and student advisory for our American Indian plan which is developed to support our American Indian students. The goals of the committee:

  • All American Indian students ready for Kindergarten
  • All American Indian students achieving 3rd grade literacy
  • Closing the achievement gap for American Indian students
  • All American Indian students attaining career and college readiness
  • All American Indian students graduating from high school

2019-2020 Meeting Dates

  • September 24
  • November 12
  • January 28
  • May 11

If you would like more information, or would like to join the committee, please contact Karen Meyer, Director of Assessments and Data Services at 952-975-7067 or karen_meyer@edenpr.org.

Professional Development

We believe professional learning is fundamental to providing high levels of learning for each student. All employees will have learning opportunities and a professional responsibility to actively engage in continuous learning to improve their practice.

Goals for Professional Learning

  • Goal 1: All staff, students and parents understand the strategic objectives, rubrics and processes for assessing student learning.
  • Goal 2: Students, parents/guardians/caregivers, and educators work together to plan and support culturally relevant personalized student learning.
  • Goal 3: Each staff member understands culturally responsive practices and secures high expectations for each student to eliminate achievement disparities.
  • Goal 4: Each district employee and student is competent in evolving core technology skills and digital resources are used to re-imagine daily schedules and personalized learning opportunities.

Professional Learning Beliefs, Guiding Principles and Modalities

Beliefs about Professional Learning:
We believe professional learning is fundamental to providing high levels of learning for each student. All employees will have learning opportunities and a professional responsibility to actively engage in continuous learning to improve their practice.
Guiding Principles:
  • Job-embedded learning is grounded in day-to-day practices
  • Collaborative culture empowers employees to work interdependently to achieve common goals 
  • Learning is ongoing and occurs as part of routine work practices
  • Conditions are created for a culture of sustained and perpetual learning
  • Learning by doing develops deeper understanding and greater commitment 
  • Employees are active partners in personalizing their learning; determining the content of their learning, how learning occurs, and evaluating its effectiveness.
Modalities of Professional Learning
Eden Prairie Schools professional learning opportunities can be found within three categories: Learning with Others, Learning from Others & Learning by Doing. Within each category are various modalities for learning. Additional modalities may be added to this vision over time.

Contact Us

Michelle Ament, Senior Director of Personalized Learning
952-975-7796 or Michelle_Ament@edenpr.org 

Nicholas Kremer, Director of Curriculum and Learning
Nicholas_Kremer@edenpr.org

Karen_Meyer, Director of Assessments and Data Services
952-975-7067 or Karen_Meyer@edenpr.org

Ahmed Noor, Somali Communication Specialist/Liaison
952-975-7069 or Ahmed_Noor@edenpr.org

Heriberto Vargas, Spanish Communication Specialist/Liaison {On leave until December 1, 2019}
952-975-7068 or Heriberto_Vargas@edenpr.org