Minnesota Department of Education: Division of Special Education

General Information

Minnesota Department of Education: Division of Special Education
Minnesota Department of Education
Roseville Minnesota 1 55113-4266
(651) 582 8616

Brief Description

The Minnesota Department of Education provides an excellent education for Minnesota students by striving for excellence, equity, and opportunity. They focus on closing the achievement gap, supporting high-quality teaching, using innovative strategies to improve educational outcomes, and ensuring all students graduate from high school well-prepared for college, career and life. The Minnesota Department of Education develops, builds, and maintains collaborative relationships with schools, districts, and other stakeholders through a wide variety of advisory boards, councils and committees.


Kristin Oien, Blind/Visually Impaired Specialist, kristin.oien@state.mn.us

Robyn Widley, Director of Special Education

Services Offered

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation on educational services to local schools and to the state residential school.

  • Professional Training
    • MDE hosts Statewide Vision Community of Practice meetings to provide professional development to Teachers of the Blind / Visually Impaired (TBVI), Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialists (COMS), and other professionals who provide service to students who are blind / visually impaired.