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Innovation Award


The MN Association of Charter Schools invites all of Minnesota’s chartered public schools to apply for the Annual MN CHARTER SCHOOL INNOVATION AWARDS. The awards were established in 2016, in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of Minnesota’s first in the nation charter school law to recognize and document innovation in the five (5) areas defined as innovative purposes of charter schools.

2019 Winners and Finalists:

Increase Learning Opportunities for Students

Winner: Avalon School - St. Paul
Finalist: Northwest Passage High School - Coon Rapids

Different and Innovative Forms of Teaching Methods

Winner: Career Pathways - St. Paul
Finalist: Level Up Academy - White Bear Lake

Different and Innovative Forms of Measuring Outcomes

Winner: TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning Charter School - Chisago City

New Forms of Accountability for Schools

Winner: Cornerstone Montessori Elementary - St. Paul

New Professional Opportunities for Teachers, including the Opportunity to be Responsible for the Learning Program.

Winner: Sojourner Truth Academy - Minneapolis

River's Edge Academy - St. Paul
World Learner School - Chaska

Awardees receive a $1,000 Check, an Innovation Award Banner, and have their innovation documented in a video produced by the Association.