Minnesota Distance Learning Plans By the Numbers

July 8, 2020

To understand how Minnesota schools approached the new reality under COVID-19 and to elevate needs and best practices as we plan for the fall, EdAllies analyzed the distance learning plans of 61 Minnesota districts and 30 charter schools—honing in on those with the largest low-income student population. We found some promising practices and innovations, but many areas for significant improvement as the state moves out of immediate crisis mode and into a new year that will likely weave in at least some distance learning.

We hope our findings help families, policymakers, students, and educators get a better understanding of what we should replicate and where we should demand additional planning and innovation, specifically looking at:

  • Meeting the needs of students with special needs and English Learners,
  • Ensuring internet and device access for students,
  • Fostering strong relationships,
  • Providing continuity and rigor in learning,
  • Supporting social-emotional needs and mental health, and more.