Region 10 Recruitment & Retention

Region 10 Low Incidence projects is proud to partner with the Minnesota Department of Education, local districts and schools, and the regional colleges and universities that support special education teacher preparation programs.

What do we offer?

  • Minnesota Mentoring Project – The Special Education Division works with other Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) divisions, schools, institutions of higher learning and teachers to provide guidance, mentoring programs and information on recruiting and retaining special education teachers.

Recruitment and Retention Activities

  • New Year! New U! – People seeking a Special Education teaching career and/or licensure opportunities are invited to this free event. The New Year, New U!
    • provide information regarding career and licensure opportunities in Southeast Minnesota.
    • assist in finding a teacher preparatory program that will help you meet your goals.

    Advisors from Augsburg, Grand Canyon University, Saint Mary’s University, and Winona State University will provide information regarding initial or additional licensure programs. Information about financial services will be presented by Region 10 Low Incidence Projects, Innovative Loan Solutions, Education Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Education.

  • Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) Collaborative – The collaborative is a group of special education directors and representatives from the regional colleges and universities that formed to build capacity around teacher recruitment, professional development, and retention of qualified teachers to develop a common voice for SE MN around education topics and take action for lasting impact.
  • Support in finding the best fit for teacher preparation

Tuition Supports

  • Region 10 Tuition SupportsRegion 10 Low Incidence Project has funds available to support students pursuing special education licensure in a variety of special education areas. This initiative is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 84.027A, Special Education – GrantsThe intent of this tuition support program is to increase the number of available teachers licensed in, Academic Behavior Specialist (ASD/DD setting III), Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, Developmental Disabilities, Physical/Health Disabilities, Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS), or Braillist throughout our region. The expectation is that teachers who benefit from this tuition support would then pursue licensure upon completion of course requirements, and actively pursue and/or be available for employment in this capacity.As part of the Tuition Support, Region 10 also now requires you to be a part of the Minnesota Mentoring Project, currently run through the Region 10 Low Incidence Projects in the categorical areas of Academic Behavior Specialist (ASD/DD setting III), Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, Developmental Disabilities, Physical/Health Disabilities.


Micki Breitsprecher
Region 10 External Instructional Coach
PH: 507-273-0549

Major Responsibilities

  • Design, install and implement effective coaching supports with an initial focus on teachers teaching with special permissions.
  • Make regular contact with new teachers on special permissions.
  • Coordinates interagency partnerships with Institutes of Higher Education programs.
  • Attends the State and Regional meetings relevant to the work of special education coaching.
  • Communicates regularly with the RLIF and the IHE Collaborative in Region 10.
  • Promotes a non-evaluative support that embodies and fosters collaborative learning to retain teachers on special permissions.

Job Description – Regional Coach