The mission of Intermediate District 287
is to be the premier provider of innovative specialized
services to ensure that each member district
can meet the unique learning needs of its students.
Your provider of education services to meet the unique learning needs of all students.
Intermediate School District 287 is a leading education partner to Minnesota school districts and the premier provider of innovative educational support services. For more than 40 years, our member districts and other education professionals have trusted us to provide customized student services and educator resources so that all students get the best education possible.
We are responsive to students, educators, and administrators. Our culture of innovation produces ideas that meet the unique learning needs of students and solutions to the complex business needs of our members.
Responsive to member district needs.
While enrollment projections vary by district, the need for customized education services continues to rise. By offering more than 130 specially designed school programs and education support services, we can meet the varied and unique learning needs of member district students. Our Area Learning Centers provide educational resources tailored to meet the needs of at-risk learners and to help students earn a high school diploma. Online learning services provide extensive opportunities for students to earn high school credits. A range of K-12 gifted programs serve and challenge students to reach their potential. Highly specialized programs allow students with low-incidence impairments to receive a quality education and achieve their full potential.
District 287 provides educational resources for teachers as well, including the PREP Center which provides high-quality staff development for educators and the Grants and Research Office which helps districts stay on the cutting edge of educational research, share effective practice, and learn from successful grants.
Innovative Solutions for all learners.
Since 2010, we have been dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of innovation at District 287 to achieve two goals: helping students learn better and helping staff work more effectively. More than simply emphasizing innovative projects, however, we've worked to build systems that allow innovation to continually flourish and foster a culture of innovation.
One of the systemic changes we implemented was to create a team of a dozen teachers and education assistants who serve as Innovation Coaches, dedicating anywhere from 10% to 40% of their time to work with staff to develop innovative education programs at their sites.
At the classroom level, innovative programs like X-Track and C-Train demonstrate new ways of engaging students in learning that is both relevant to their lives and intrinsically rewarding.
Sharing staff and resources is an effective way for our member districts to provide highly specialized educational support services to their students and families. In addition to student services, District 287 offers other educational resources: staff development for educators; conference center; legal services; testing and assessment services; and student accounting and billing services.
We are putting efficiencies of scale to work for our 12 member school districts with a collective goal of finding regional approaches to address shared challenges such as student mobility and the mental health needs of children. By approaching these issues together we will take a big step toward realizing two realities: the differences among the member districts and the power of them working together.
Wauneen Mgeni, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent & School Board