Site Visits

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Minnesota is home to a great many teacher-powered, student-centered schools and we are thrilled to offer the chance to visit them on Friday, November 6 ahead of the official conference kickoff. See the Schedule page for more information.

About Site Visits

We are working with each site to design a visit that works best for each school and our participants. We will spend approximately 2.5–3 hours per site, including lunch. Each visit will include:

  • Group meeting with an overview of the school, how they use teacher-powered practices and structures with their teacher teams, their educational program, innovative practices, and an explanation of what we will see in classrooms and around the school;
  • Classroom visits by small group (15–20 minutes per classroom);
  • Time to talk with students, either as a panel or more informally perhaps over lunch;
  • Time to talk with teachers, either as a panel or small group, and;
  • Closing for questions and a short debrief.

Registering for Site Visits

School site visits cost $75 per participant — site visit registration will be completed through Eventbrite as an "add-on" to your conference registration. You may register for the conference at any time before registering for site visits. Click to expand for details on each school site below.

Academic Arts High School

Academic Arts High School is a tuition-free charter PUBLIC school serving grades 9-12. Located in West Saint Paul, we bring together environmental education and project-based learning to empower students. Students learn about the world through exploration of their individual interests and completing projects that meet state academic standards.

  • Grades 9-12
  • Suburban/Charter

Avalon School

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.

  • Grades 6-12
  • Urban/Charter

Community Connected Academy

  • Grades 11-12 (a program within Patrick Henry High School)
  • Urban/District

High School for Recording Arts

HSRA is dedicated to providing all young people a chance to realize their full potential, despite any previous setbacks. As we engage students through music and the exploration and operation of the music business, we demonstrate that core learning areas and real world, 21st century skills can be acquired at the same time. More than just earning a high school diploma, HSRA prepares students for a positive post-secondary education and life.

  • Ages 14-21
  • Urban/Charter

Level Up Academy

Level Up Academy is a K-8 public charter school serving students in the northeast Twin Cities metro with an emphasis on personalized learning, intentional use of technology, and small class sizes.

  • Grades K-8
  • Suburban/Charter

Minnesota New Country School

MNCS is a tuition free public charter school serving grades k-12 with emphasis on individualized project-based learning, licensed staff in core content areas, low teacher/student ratio emphasizing relationships, and technology.

  • K-6
  • Rural/Charter

Northwest Passage High School

Northwest Passage High School is a student centered, personal learning charter school serving students in 9-12+ grade in Coon Rapids and Anoka County. NWPHS strives to create a learning environment that is accessible and accommodating to all students. NWPHS uses a small learning community model with no more than 180 students and a long-term advisory with no more than 16 students in multi-age groupings. Students pursue their passions while meeting graduation requirements through project-based and experiential learning.

  • Gradses 9-12
  • Suburban/Charter

Open World Learning Community

Open World Learning Community (OWL) is a small-by-design school that’s part of the national network of EL Education Schools (formerly Expeditionary Learning). Our curriculum is designed around Learning Expeditions – projects that allow students to investigate issues in our school, the community and the world.

  • Grades 6-12
  • Urban/District

Paladin Career & Technical School

Paladin Career & Technical High School nurtures a learning community that empowers students in their pursuit of social, emotional, and academic growth, thereby creating a foundation for a successful future.

  • Grades 9-12
  • Suburban/Charter

Prairie Creek Community School

Prairie Creek is a public, elementary charter school located in Castle Rock, Minnesota. Here, 180 students and their teachers join together in passionate inquiry, project-based discovery, and hands-on learning.

  • Grades K-5
  • Rural/Charter