Robbinsdale Area Schools, MN

NUA began its partnership with the Robbinsdale Area Schools in 2013 and continues in the areas of Professional Development and Instructional Leadership with the High Operational Practices of the Pedagogy of Confidence.  The partnership goals are to:

  • Build positive relationships between and among students and teachers
  • Amplify student voice
  • Activate student strengths
  • Integrate Prerequisites
  • Situate learning in the lives of students
  • Focus on High Intellectual Performance
  • Provide Enrichment

The Course of Study designed around the Pedagogy of Confidence and its High Operational Practices provide the framework to:

  • Improve Classroom Climate
  • Empower Student Self-Directed Learning
  • Inform Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Achieve High Intellectual Performance
  • Increase Student Engagement and Motivation
  • Connect learning goals for Sustainability and Teacher professional growth
  • Understanding and use of Minnesota Common Core State standards.

Robbinsdale Area Schools is an award-winning district committed to academic excellence which takes pride in the choice provided to the families and students for nearly a century. Robbinsdale Area Schools serve all or parts of the following seven communities with more than 100,000 residents in the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota:

  • Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Crystal
  • Golden Valley
  • New Hope
  • Plymouth
  • Robbinsdale


The mission of Robbinsdale Area Schools is to inspire and educate all learners to develop their unique potential and positively contribute to their community.

Vision: High Intellectual Performance Through Equity (March 2014)

This vision explicitly makes student achievement Robbinsdale Area Schools’ number one priority. The Robbinsdale Area Schools is committed to ensuring every student graduates career and college ready and espouses that each student has limitless possibilities.

“One of my greatest joys as an educator is to see students learning, growing, and achieving. There is no work more inspiring than ensuring our students have the skills they need to live successful lives. The promise of a great education is more critical now than ever. There are many opportunities that exist for our students and our community through our knowledge economy, innovations in technology, and our growing diversity. Our students must be prepared to lead both locally and globally. Achieving each of the goals we have outlined in this plan will mean all students will soar and all students can develop their unique potential.” (Superintendent Sicoli)

Schools in NUA Partnership

  • Lakeview and Northport Elementary Schools
  • Plymouth and Robbinsdale Middle
  • Robbinsdale High School