Midwest School Transformation Project

EdVisions is taking the lead in school transformation regionally.

Decades of experience creating charter schools has equipped EdVisions to now support existing schools to transform from an organizationally-driven industrial model to a model that is built as a student centered learning environment.

Empowering the teachers to design and take ownership of the transformation is the anchor to this project. Dreaming, reflecting, imagining a new way of doing school is the beginning.  Each school in the project will design by rethinking how to use the resources of space, time, personnel, technology and standards to better meet the needs of their students. Unique plans from all eleven schools will lead to student centered environments of relevant connected learning for all children.

A strong EdVisions coaching team of fifteen are ready to support the teachers in shifting practices, skills, dispositions and mindsets as the school implements their plan to transform. The coaching focus is to build capacity and ownership within the staff and students, so when the three year project is complete the changes made are irreversible and sustainable, as schools continue on the journey toward more student centered learning.


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The Schools

EdVisions is excited to announce our first round of Partner Schools impacting 2,987 students! The EdVisions’ coaching team is ready to empower teachers and students to design and build student centered learning environments.  The partner schools vary in size, geography, student demographics, type of community and governance (charter, district, private).  Explore the map and take a look!

Size range:  17 – 810 students per school

Grade level range:  schools serve PreK – 12 and beyond (18-21 year olds)

Location:  3 urban, 3 suburban, 4 cities (greater MN), 2 rural

School type: 9 district, 2 charter, 1 private

Student Demographics:

All students combined, receiving free or reduced lunch:  55%, the range by school is 10-98%.

Schools report the % of the student body – not white:
0-10% = 3 schools
11-50% = 3 schools
51-90% = 2 school
91-100% = 4 schools


The Coaches

Click here to learn more about each of the coaches and why they are inspired to work with our schools.

The primary vehicle for collaborating around the shared endeavor of the Midwest School Transformation project is a coaching team model.  For more information on why EdVisions has chosen a coaching model, check out our blog post Coaching for Transformation.

Carrie Bakken
Lead Coach
Avalon Charter School

Joey Cienian
Support Coach
High School for Recording Arts

Aaron Grimm
Support Coach
MN New Country School

Michelle Johnson
Adjunct Coach
Avalon Charter School

Monessa Newell
Adjunct Coach
Avalon Charter School

Julene Oxton
Lead Coach
EdVisions

Tim Quealy
Support Coach
Avalon Charter School

David Rice
Support Transformation Coach
Minnesota New Country School – Secondary

Gretchen Sage-Martinson
Support Coach
Avalon School

Erin Sanchez
Lead Coach
PBL Path

Vivi Saufferer
Adjunct Coach
Impact Academy

Liz Seubert
Lead Coach
Wildlands Science Research School

Vanessa Tompkins
Adjunct Coach
Avalon Charter School

Paul Tweed
Lead Coach
Wildlands Science Research School

Nora Whalen
Support Coach
Avalon Charter School

Peter Wieczorek
Lead Coach
Northwest Passage Charter High School

Our Approach to Transformation

Click here to read more about our approach and the core values that will lead the project process.