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Regional Centers

Regional Centers

Our Regional Centers program expands Perpich Center’s ability to serve schools and teachers throughout the state on a localized basis in each of the nine Educational Service Cooperative regions. Perpich Regional Centers is an umbrella category with three offerings: Regional Arts Teacher-Leader Network, Demonstration Schools, and Regional Centers Workshops.

Regional Arts Teacher-Leader Network

A team of over sixty Regional Arts Teacher-Leaders from all regions participate in multi-year leadership development while collaborating in order to best identify and serve the needs of their region. Regional Arts Teacher-Leaders are experienced, effective educators teaching dance, media arts, music, theater, or visual arts with a record of excellence.

FY20 Application Now Open

Demonstration Schools

A select group of Regional Arts Teacher-Leaders annually open their classroom so that we may host professional development in tandem with focused classroom observation.  These professional development sessions are tailored to help visiting teachers collaboratively construct meaning and further their practice through observing colleagues in their day to day work.

Regional Centers Workshops

Perpich Center Arts Education Specialists travel the state to bring professional development opportunities to all regions of the state.

To contact Perpich Regional Centers, please email us!

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Perpich Center Regional Arts Teacher-Leader Application Now Available!

We invite you to apply to be a Regional Arts Teacher-Leader in your region of the state.


What is this new program? Perpich Center offers support to arts educators, schools, and districts across the state. We do that through content experts, regional professional development, demonstration school observations, and with the help of our K-12 Regional Arts Teacher-Leader network.

Teachers in the Regional Arts Teacher-Leader network participate in leadership development and opportunities to utilize their leadership skills to advance arts education in their region of the state. A Regional Arts Teacher-Leader is an experienced, effective educator who teaches dance, media arts, music, theater, or visual arts with a record of excellence and a desire to grow their leadership abilities and experience. Teachers of physical education, English language arts, and other subjects are welcome to apply if they provide instruction in one of the arts areas listed above. Regional Arts Teacher-Leaders are eligible to receive an annual payment of $1,000, contingent upon availability of funding.

Who should apply? K-12 Educators who:

  • Currently teach in a K-12 Minnesota elementary, middle, or high school
  • Have an undergraduate degree
  • Have a minimum of three years experience teaching in a K-12 elementary, middle, or high school as a licensed arts educator or a teacher of another subject who teaches dance, media arts, or theater as part of their teaching assignment
  • Hold a Tier 4 or five-year Minnesota teaching license
  • Have a demonstrated record of achievement in current and previous teaching positions
  • Have active support from administrative leaders
  • Are looking to grow their leadership capacity, advance arts education, and serve their region

Note: Applications require a resume and letter of recommendation from your current principal.

When? Applications for Regional Arts Teacher-Leaders are now available here. Applications are due by 8:00 a.m. on May 13, 2019 with preference to those teaching outside of the metro area. Preference will also be given to educators working in underrepresented arts areas including dance, media arts, and theater. More details may be found on the application description. Click to find a document detailing Minnesota Education Service Cooperative regions by county.