Equipping and supporting educators through training and services.

Teachers are the foundation of our communities. They are supporting the next generation to explore and lead in a new world. At Resource, we believe we cannot do enough to support them.

Resource focuses on providing relevant professional development each summer for teachers as well as other needed training to enable more people to enter this life-changing field. Resource has been a leader in equipping substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and those looking to earn their licensure or serve as principals.

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Classes and workshops offered each summer

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Trainings to equip substitute teachers

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Central Minnesota public and private school districts are RTS members

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Options for educators to earn graduate-level credits

Programs & Services

Latest News

Mental Health, Trauma, & Resilience
4/10/24

Educate & Elevate

Take a look at all the professional development opportunities we will be offering for School Mental Health Professionals this summer!

Educate & Elevate
Educational Professionals
4/9/24

Homerun Leadership

Unlock your leadership potential with our collaborative workshop presented by the Central Lakes Regional Center of Excellence, Resource Training and Solutions, and Brightworks. Register now to elevate your leadership skills!

Homerun Leadership
Educational Professionals
4/3/24

Empower Your Teaching

Explore impactful training & workshops designed for Central MN educators like you!

Empower Your Teaching
Recognition Events
4/10/24

Last Call: Students of Excellence

Last Call: Students of Excellence
Educational Professionals
4/3/24

Happy Paraprofessional Appreciation Day!

Happy Paraprofessional Appreciation Day!

Upcoming Events

Ongoing

Online

ParaEducator Online Subscription

This online package provides access to training modules, practice assessments, and assessments to meet Federal Title I requirements. The cost of an individual subscription includes assessment to become highly qualified. The assessment can be proctored within your district, or four times per year at Resource and must be registered for on the website. Subscriptions are an individual one-year license to the online program.

Ongoing

Online

Paraeducator Online Subscription

This online package provides access to training modules, practice assessments, and assessments to meet Federal Title I requirements. The cost of an individual subscription includes assessment to become highly qualified. The assessment can be proctored within your district, or four times per year at Resource and must be registered for on the website. Subscriptions are an individual one-year license to the online program.

Ongoing

Online

Retake ParaEducator Proctored Testing

Ongoing

Online

Retake Registration Paraeducator - in respective district

Gifted & Talented Network 2023-24

Apr 16

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

May 9

Gifted & Talented Network 2023-24

Gifted & Talented Specialist Network

School Nurses Network 2023-2024

Apr 18

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

May 16

School Nurses Network 2023-2024

A network for those who work to ensure the health and wellness of students in their school and district. Network meetings provide an opportunity for School Nurses to connect and build relationships with other school nurses from around the region. Share ideas, stay up to date on issues facing schools, and develop professionally through CEU opportunities.

School Resource Officer Network

Apr 18

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

May 16

School Resource Officer Network

The School Resource Officer Network is a space for SRO’s and SRO Supervisors to collaborate and develop professionally with colleagues across the central MN region. Topics may include but are not limited to: mental health, trauma, autism, self-care + peer support, partnerships with Central MN Child Advocacy Center, and critical incident response. A MN POST credit will be offered on multiple dates.

Structured Literacy for Administrators

Apr 23

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

May 21

Jun 18

Structured Literacy for Administrators

Target Audience: Principals, Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, Literacy Specialists, others who are leading literacy efforts within schools

Title I Network 23 - 24

Apr 24

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Title I Network 23 - 24

The Title I network is designed to communicate federal and state legislation, policies and procedures related to Title I, and strategies/curriculum for intervention services.

Technology Coordinators Network 23-24

Apr 25

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 23

Technology Coordinators Network 23-24

The Technology Coordinators network meets five times per school year to discuss and collaborate on current issues in the area of technology use within schools.

Mental Health Network 2023-24

May 1

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Mental Health Network 2023-24

The Mental Health Network is for school + county mental health related positions to come together for cross collaboration, idea sharing, develop professionally, and stay current on resources that help students be successful in school, at home, and in the community. Mental health related positions include but are not limited to: social workers, counselors, psychologists, truancy, probation, and administration leading efforts in the areas of safety and social emotional learning. Resource Training & Solutions will host six network meetings per school year

Structured Literacy Cohort 2 Fall 23 - Spring 25

May 1

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Jun 5

Sep 18

Oct 2

Oct 30

Dec 4

Jan 8

Feb 5

Structured Literacy Cohort 2 Fall 23 - Spring 25

Structured Literacy CohortTarget Audience: K-3 grade classroom teachers, K-6 EL teachers, K-12 special education teachers as appropriate, interventionists, related service specialists, or instructional coaches, administrators, others as you deem appropriate.Description: The Structured Literacy Cohort is an empowering professional learning that provides participants with a deep knowledge to be literacy and language experts in structured literacy practices. The facilitator will support participants through efficient pacing to complete online modules successfully, provide context and examples about the readings, and provide guidance on using the Bridge to Practice activities to make necessary connections back to the classroom.

PREPaRE 1: Workshop 1

May 2

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

PREPaRE 1: Workshop 1

Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning

Counselor and CTE Network

May 8

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Counselor and CTE Network

Welcome School counselors, CTE Coordinators, and Work-based Instructors. These almost monthly network virtual meetings provide opportunities within this group to collaborate, share ideas, develop professionally, and stay current on issues facing schools and districts regarding post-secondary planning and career development. Each meeting will have a facilitator and agendas designed by network members.

Early Childhood Structured Literacy Cohort

May 8

3:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Early Childhood Structured Literacy Cohort

The PK Structured Literacy Cohort is a professional learning experience for preschool and kindergarten teachers and support staff who desire a deeper knowledge of early literacy instruction.

Curriculum Coordinators/District Assessment Coordinators Network 23-24

May 10

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Jun 14

Curriculum Coordinators/District Assessment Coordinators Network 23-24

The Curriculum Coordinators Network (CCN) and the District Assessment Coordinators (DAC) are two groups that often deal with similar issues. As a result, these two groups can collaborate, exchange information, and share best practices regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Structured Literacy Cohort 3 Winter 24 - Fall 25

May 13

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Structured Literacy Cohort 3 Winter 24 - Fall 25

Structured Literacy CohortTarget Audience: K-3 grade classroom teachers, K-6 EL teachers, K-12 special education teachers as appropriate, interventionists, related service specialists, or instructional coaches, administrators, others as you deem appropriate.Description: The Structured Literacy Cohort is an empowering professional learning that provides participants with a deep knowledge to be literacy and language experts in structured literacy practices. The facilitator will support participants through efficient pacing to complete online modules successfully, provide context and examples about the readings, and provide guidance on using the Bridge to Practice activities to make necessary connections back to the classroom.

The Deepest Well Book Study

Jun 5

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Jun 12

Jun 19

Jun 26

The Deepest Well Book Study

Gain insight into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on childhood growth and development, physical health and long-term well-being, by diving into The Deepest Well by Nadine Burke Harris.

Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction Book Study

Jun 5

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Jun 12

Jun 19

Jun 26

Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction Book Study

Vocabulary is a key component to reading comprehension and important to student success across all content areas.

UDL Now! Book Study

Jun 6

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Jun 13

Jun 20

Jun 27

UDL Now! Book Study

Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), author Katie Novak provides practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners succeed in a post-pandemic world.

The Make or Break Year Book Study

Jun 6

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Jun 13

Jun 20

Jun 27

The Make or Break Year Book Study

For at-risk students, the freshmen-year transition will set the stage for a path to graduation or dropping out.

ParaEducator Proctored Testing

Jun 10

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Aug 12

ParaEducator Proctored Testing

Retake ParaEducator Proctored Testing

Jun 10

1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Retake ParaEducator Proctored Testing

Todays AI in Education

Jun 11

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Jun 13

Aug 15

Todays AI in Education

Discover the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in your educational and professional endeavors.

Business Managers Network 2023-24

Jun 13

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Business Managers Network 2023-24

The Business Manager Network has been designed to provide both new and veteran business managers a forum to learn, collaborate, network and grow professionally.

Preserving Professional Credentials: A License Saver Session for Educators

Jun 18

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Preserving Professional Credentials: A License Saver Session for Educators

Are you needing to complete your requirements prior to renewing your license? Join our Resource Training and Solutions Education staff to meet all requirements within one day!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Jun 25

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Learn how to support the young people in your life.

I Love It Here Book Study

Jul 9

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Jul 16

Jul 23

Jul 30

I Love It Here Book Study

In our sessions, we'll explore Pulver's insights on identifying talent, building a sense of ownership, and developing a workplace culture that employees will love.

(Re)Defining the Goal Book Study

Jul 10

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Jul 17

Jul 24

Jul 31

(Re)Defining the Goal Book Study

How can we best prepare students to be successful in the modern workforce?

The Art of Coaching Book Study

Jul 24

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Jul 31

Aug 7

Aug 14

The Art of Coaching Book Study

This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice.

Relentless Book Study

Aug 1

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Aug 8

Aug 15

Aug 22

Relentless Book Study

Whether you're an educator, administrator, or passionate advocate for education, our book study provides a collaborative platform to exchange ideas and inspire action.

The Mindful Nurse Book Study

Aug 1

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Aug 8

Aug 15

Aug 22

The Mindful Nurse Book Study

The Mindful Nurse, by Carmel Sheridan, offers nurses a new skill set to incorporate everyday mindfulness practices.

Explicit Instruction Effective and Efficient Teaching Book Study

Aug 7

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Aug 14

Aug 21

Aug 28

Explicit Instruction Effective and Efficient Teaching Book Study

This virtual book club will provide educators from all classroom settings an opportunity to collaborate as they dive into using an explicit instruction approach to their classroom lessons.

Back to School: Mental Health Professional Preparation

Aug 13

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Back to School: Mental Health Professional Preparation

Dive into mental health grab & go resources, crisis resources, county, and state resources to fall back on in times of need.

Resilience Group Training

Aug 15

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Resilience Group Training

The Resilience Group training provides a run-through of an 8 week Resilience Group for middle and high school students.

Back to School: Health Assistant Preparation

Aug 20

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Back to School: Health Assistant Preparation

Are you looking to improve your proficiency in the school health office?

PD Toolkit: Cultivating Resilience in Educators

Aug 21

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

PD Toolkit: Cultivating Resilience in Educators

Gain the experience of building emotional resilience through short practical reflections, discussions, and activities you can then take and deliver to cultivate emotional resilience in your educators.

Trauma + Resilience

Aug 21

12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Trauma + Resilience

We may not be able to take away toxic stress and trauma that a student has experienced or will continue to experience, but we can create new experiences of resilience in our schools.

Substitute Success: Training Essentials for New Substitutes

Aug 27

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Substitute Success: Training Essentials for New Substitutes

Are you new to substitute teaching?

Mental Health Network 2024-2025

Oct 1

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Nov 5

Jan 7

Feb 4

Apr 8

May 6

Mental Health Network 2024-2025

The Mental Health Network is for school + county mental health professionals and related positions to come together to collaborate, share ideas, develop professionally, and stay current on resources that help students be successful in school, at home, and in the community. Presenters will be invited to multiple network meetings. Topics will include but are not limited to: trauma-informed practices, alternative discipline, brainspotting therapy, and school partnership opportunities. Mental health-related positions include but are not limited to social workers, counselors, and administration leading efforts in the areas of safety and social-emotional learning. Resource Training & Solutions will host six network meetings per school year. General CEUs will be provided when we conclude in May, based on individual attendance.

School Resource Officer Network 2024-2025

Oct 8

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Nov 12

Jan 14

Feb 18

Apr 15

May 13

School Resource Officer Network 2024-2025

The School Resource Officer Network is a space for SRO’s and supporting roles to collaborate, share ideas, and develop professionally with colleagues across the state. Presenters will be invited into multiple network meetings. Topics may include but are not limited to: mental health, trauma, resilience, restorative practices, alternative discipline, self-care, and school partnerships. A MN POST credit will be offered on multiple dates.

Contact This Department

Alison Orgaard

CTE Manager

Amanda Lamecker, LSN

Regional Licensed School Nurse

Dr. Michelle Wang

Education Director

Erin Engness

PBIS Coordinator

Kelsey Harps

Education Manager

Megan Perry

Regional Licensed Social Worker