Resource is home to one of three Statewide System of Support (SSOS) teams that assists Focus and Priority school leadership in achieving success. On July 1st we began efforts to expand the program under the leadership of Susan Burris. We are now part of six Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE) throughout the state. The goal of this initiative is to create the same type of support and service that was previously available to Focus and Priority schools and make it accessible to all schools and districts on a variety of topics. “The Centers of Excellence will respond to district and school needs and build capacity to improve student outcomes and close achievement gaps.” – MDE RCE Design Team
The partnership between the MN Dept of Ed, the six Regional Service Cooperatives and the school districts creates a unique and customized team. They can handle the specific needs of schools and districts and ensure access and consistent support throughout Minnesota. In fact, recently the Regional Centers of Excellence program: Statewide System of Support won the U of M’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2014 State Government Innovation Award. The award recognizes excellence in state government agencies and encourages experimentation and innovation in Minnesota. This is a major achievement for a program that is only 2 years old!
The SSOS initiative remains a major part of our team at Resource with 7 of our 8 staff giving it full-time support. Lowell Haagenson will now be the SSOS Team Coordinator and his primary responsibilities will include the day to day operation and support of the SSOS work and team.
To take advantage of this new and improved support system please contact Susan Burris, the new Director of the Central Lakes Regional Center of Excellence at 320-255-3236 ext.317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resource is pleased to announce that Susan Burris is the new Director of the Regional Center of Excellence. Susan has over 20 years of experience in education - as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and most recently Director of Teaching and Learning for the Cambridge-Isanti School District.
Susan will be responsible for providing direction and oversight of all Regional Center of Excellence activities in collaboration with MN Department of Education (MDE). Susan will work with the MDE Director of School Support and other Regional Center Directors to develop the Center of Excellence model for the Statewide System of Support. You can contact Susan directy at SBurris@mnce.org.
Statewide System of Support Team Coordinator
Lowell leads a team of school advocates and specialty area specialists (e.g., ELD, SPED, Literacy, Math and Implementation) coaching leadership teams within Minnesota "Focus" and "Priority" schools in the Central Lakes Region of Excellence. Prior to his present position, Lowell was a School Advocate and Special Education Specialist on the Central Lakes Region team.
Lowell is completing his doctoral dissertation during 2014 in Educational Administration and Leadership at Saint Cloud State University. He is a Minnesota licensed Superintendent, Special Education Director, Principal (K-12) and Special Education Teacher (EBD). He served in leadership positions with successful outcomes at elementary, middle, secondary and district levels.
Prior to his work in public education, Lowell completed 25 years of successful leadership and adult education within the information technology (IT) industry.
Lowell also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1981-1985 earning meritorious promotions to the ranks of Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant. He received a Good Conduct medal, nomination for the Joint Service Medal while at the Pentagon, and an Honorable Discharge. You can contact Lowell directy at email@example.com.
English Language Development School Advocate
Shana Bregenzer-Brenny is both a secondary English language arts teacher and a K-12 English language development teacher. She has taught in WI, GA, CA, and for the past ten years in MN. Her teaching experience has been both in ALCs and traditional elementary and high schools in both rural and urban communities. She is passionate about opportunities to support all students’ academic success. Outside of work, she and her husband are busy with their three school-age children fishing, camping, gardening, and riding horse. You can contact Shana directy at SBregenzer-Brenny@mnce.org.
Reading Specialist School Advocate
Michelle Wang is a School Advocate/Reading Specialist with the Central Lakes Statewide System of Support at Resource Training & Solutions. Prior to joining the Statewide System of Support, she served three years as an elementary principal and district curriculum coordinator and ten years as an elementary teacher. She holds an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in K-12 Leadership at Bethel University. Michelle’s professional interests include professional learning communities, effective leadership skills, literacy instruction, and early intervention. You can contact Michelle directy at firstname.lastname@example.org.