Educational Achievement

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4 (b) (3) Parternships
Appropriation Language

$2,060,000 the first year and $2,140,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Total number of student participants, evaluations of academic outcomes related to History Day, understanding of historic sites visited, increased sense of student connection to Minnesota, level of student engagement in programs, teacher satisfaction with classroom support services and field trips.

Description of Funds
WEM Foundation funding for the Partnership for Place Based Learning
Source of Additional Funds

WEM Foundation funding for the Partnership for Place Based Learning

Project Overview
Improving the educational achievement of Minnesota's students is a strategic priority for MNHS. The Educational Achievement initiative allows MNHS to create partnerships with three school districts--one rural, one suburban and one urban--and evaluate how a variety of educational programs measurably improve student achievement across multiple grade levels over multiple years. The partnership schools also provide significant matching funding to further enrich educational opportunities for their students. Partnership schools receive funding to enrich their history instruction for students in grades 6-12. Over the next five years, MNHS will continue to study the impact of the Northern Lights sixth grade social studies textbook, National History Day in Minnesota and other classroom resources on student learning and engagement. Each school also participates in joint field trips to MNHS sites and museums, including overnight stays. In FY17, partnership activities include summer enrichment programs, internships and job shadowing to address summer learning loss. This partnership gives rural, suburban and urban students the chance to expand their knowledge of Minnesota and American history and to engage in applied and place-based learning opportunities. MNHS educators use the partnership schools to test materials and programs that can then be applied to other schools around the state.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code