The Wisconsin-Minnesota Comprehensive Center (WMCC10)—a partnership between the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC), and Education Analytics (EA)—worked directly with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to gather information about districts’ and individuals’ experiences with distance learning by conducting focus groups with a variety of stakeholders and completing a systematic review of a sample of over 250 district distance learning plans from across the state. Information from these sources, as well as a wealth of information from educators collected through the University of Minnesota’s Spring 2020 Minnesota PK-12 Distance Learning Survey, was used to inform the WMCC’s decision to develop a statewide survey to gather longitudinal feedback regarding the state’s Safe Learning Plan amid the continued navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey is being administered for the third time and will be open until Nov. 24. We’re calling all educators, families, and students to take the survey. It is the hope of the WMCC that data from the Minnesota Safe Learning Surveys will continue to provide insights as to how educators, students, and families are feeling about school during this unprecedented time in history.