The Next 3 Years: How will Levels of Service affect Minneapolis Public Schools?
An advisory committee made up of teachers, principals, and district specialists from across the district created the new vision, beliefs and commitments for talent development and gifted education in Minneapolis. The Levels of Service model was selected to provide a district-wide structure and support for achieving this. As a district, we are committed to developing talent in all students and promoting differentiation practices to meet the unique learning needs of each student. Levels of Service works in partnership with our other initiatives including our strategic plan and move toward focused instruction.
As we work together to bring the Levels of Service model to our schools, we balance the need for careful, strategic implementation over time with a sense of urgency to develop and support effective, quality programming. Our schools will be phasing in Levels of Service over the course of three years. This will include a district –wide assessment system and professional development to highly train classroom teachers in advanced differentiation. We recognize that effective change takes time, reflection, multiple supports, and buy-in from the whole community. We are committed to building capacity effectively over time in collaboration with all of our stakeholders.