The Regional Centers of Excellence

The purpose of the Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE) is to provide differentiated supports to identified districts and schools through a statewide regional delivery system that is equitable, effective, and efficient. Districts are identified by Minnesota Worlds Best Work Force (WBWF) criteria. Schools are identified by the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) criteria.

Find out more about the Regional Centers of Excellence:

Watch a video by the Minnesota Department of Education about RCE or find the information about the team on the Minnesota Department of Education's website.

The Central Lakes Region Center of Excellence (CLRCE) is a team comprised of educational professionals employed by Resource Training & Solutions. CLRCE Advocates are licensed and experienced educational specialists who collaborate with district and school leaders, implementation teams, teacher teams, and staff to positively impact students, families, and communities.

Specific RCE grant “Aims” have evolved from Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), NCLB, the Minnesota NCLB Waiver, World’s Best Workforce (WBWF), and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Given school identifications under ESSA or district identifications under WBWF legislation, the RCE priorities for providing differentiated support within Minnesota designated districts and schools are to coach:

  • equity throughout the educational experience of each student
  • school climate and culture conducive to learning
  • comprehensive needs assessment
  • Principals in turnaround principles
  • leadership implementation teams
  • professional learning communities
  • standards-based instruction, and
  • evidence-based strategies implementation.

RCE work in partnership with a core team from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Service Cooperatives (MSC) to attain the aims of the above priorities. Also, there are the RCE Advisory Committee and the MDE Cross-Agency Implementation Team (CAIT) that work collaboratively with RCE regional directors to guide the RCE statewide system of support implementation and fidelity.

The specific aims of the RCE are to increase the capacity within Minnesota’s:

  • lowest performing schools defined within the Minnesota Consolidated State Plan
  • high schools with low graduation rates, or
  • districts and charters not making progress toward WBWF goals.

The Regional Centers of Excellence has many helpful resources available for use.

If you have any questions about the Regional Centers of Excellence or the Central Lakes Regional team please contact Scott Fitzsimonds, or call (320)255-3236.