Minneapolis Public Schools has guiding principles that we are committed to realizing for the good of our students. To continue to improve outcomes for students and schools, we want to make sure all we do is in line with the following priorities—


Lasting change happens when there is shared personal and collective responsibility. We are all responsible for and all benefit from schools that are excellent and equitable. We envision true transformational change. We must be willing to assess the habits of the system and make difficult changes to the way we operate to create improved and more equitable outcomes.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is an evidence-based framework that provides multiple levels of support to accelerate student achievement. Individual student data is used to inform differentiated core instruction in addition to monitoring the progress of all students. Data is also utilized to guide the selection and implementation of appropriate research-based interventions for students in need of supplementary support.


MPS students will become productive, inspired, and literate global citizens through the development of effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Together, we can build a community of literate citizens who can and will not only read in order to deepen their understanding of themselves and the world around them, but also effectively communicate their unique perspectives.

Social Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.