• CES Program Study - Year One (2014-15)

    Among the goals of the district’s Next Generation of Edina Public Schools Strategic Plan is to support life long learning through a comprehensive, seamless delivery of education opportunities that meet the needs of all learners. Community Education Services (CES) plays an important role as a provider of programming for everyone in the community, birth through adulthood.

    Guiding Change Document

    Prior to beginning the Community Education Services Program Study, a Guiding Change document was developed to inform and direct the work of the study. It describes the context and reality of current CES programming; "the why" of the study and potential changes; the desired results of a new program plan; and lists seven unacceptable means — methods the district will not use to achieve identified goals for CES. The Guiding Change document was created by  CES Director Valerie Burke, Superintendent Ric Dressen, and Dennis Cheesebrow of Teamworks International, who helped facilitate the district's strategic planning process. The School Board accepted the Guiding Change document at the Dec. 15, 2014 meeting.


    Year One of the CES program study began December 2014. It is the third and final Edina Public Schools program study, following studies of Birth through Grade 5 (BG5) and Secondary programming. The first phase is a review of all CES programs, resulting in the following outcomes:
    • Increased awareness and understanding of the fit and linkage of CES to the district’s strategic roadmap and Next Generation strategic plan.
    • Development of a three-year department improvement plan and structure that aligns CES programs and services, design and delivery in a high quality, efficient and effective manner for both the department and the district
    • Development of clear and understandable measures and metrics of vision and success

    The descriptions below of three types of school districts and their relationship to and assumptions of Community Education was used to determine the current operation style of Edina Public Schools with regard to CES. It was determined that EPS operates as an early District “B” aligned model, but wishes more deeply align and integrate as described in the District “C” model.

    District Types  

    Timeline and Process

    Year One of the CES Program Study will occur in three phases, with district level and School Board updates and feedback occurring at key steps. 

    Phase 1: December 2014
    Brainstorming and describing a fully aligned approach that is focused on the delivery of the Next Generation plan and goals. This will include an environmental scan of the current reality of CES programming and identification of key trends, influences, strengths and needs. This phase will happen in two three-hour meetings in December 2014. The following committee of Edina community members, district parent organizations, school principals, CES program coordinators and district staff will participate in the Phase 1 process:

    Kristin Aarsvold, Recreation Supervisor, City of Edina
    Meg Barrett, Youth Programs Director, CES
    Joni Bennett, City Council Member, CES Board
    Val Burke, Director, CES
    Laurie Denn, Edina Family Center, CES
    Molly Hollenbeck, Assistant Director, Student Support Services
    Jeff Jorgensen, Director, Student Support Services
    Lisa Masica, Principal, Cornelia Elementary School
    Kim Montgomery, Community Member
    Aly Silva Mulgrew, Edina Family Center PTO President, CES
    Rick Sansted, Principal, Concord Elementary School
    Randy Smasal, Director of Teaching and Learning
    Keeya Steel, Community Member
    Lori Syverson, President, Edina Chamber of Commerce, CES Board
    Andee Sznewajs, Parent Leadership Council Co-chair, CES Board
    Susan Tennyson, Interim Director of Research and Evaluation
    Mary Woitte, Communications Manager
    Stephanie Zahrbock, Operations Coordinator, CES

    Phase 2: February 2015
    Use learning and outcomes from Phase 1 to inform and drive a CES program portfolio assessment (i.e. birth through age 5, career and adult education, student intervention and acceleration, etc.). Team of district staff will meet in February 2015.

    Phase 3: Spring 2015
    Building on Phase 2 outcomes, a three-year operational plan will be developed to move CES programming to be fully aligned with the district plan. The plan will include measurement metrics to gauge and guide improvement. The plan will be completed in March 2015, with presentation to the school board for approval in May 2015.