Latest News

PFSS applauds our partners and students for their continuing success.

Partner for Student Success Hires New Goal Facilitator

Partner for Student Success announced today that Phil Schroeder has joined the organization to serve as the Career and Post-Secondary Readiness Facilitator for the greater St. Cloud area. Phil Schroeder comes with a wealth of experience within the community and field of education, most recently having served as the Vice President and Dean of Students at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College from 2005-2014.  pschroeder new photo
Prior to retirement, Phil was also a member of the Partner for Student Success network. “Having begun as an original steering committee member and organizer of Partners for Student Success, to see its growth and success over the years indicates what a valuable role PFSS plays in the St. Cloud community.  I am so excited to be able to once again join the PFSS team as a goal facilitator and to work with this wonderful network of partners – all focused on helping our next generation of learners,” said Schroeder.
Adam O’Doherty, Executive Director of Partner for Student Success said, “Phil’s wealth of experience and knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Partner for Student Success team.  It is very fortunate to find someone of Phil’s caliber and dedication to fulfill this role.  I’m confident that Phil will play a key role in furthering the high-quality work that has been started in the area of career and post-secondary readiness.”

Join Us for the 2017 Partner For Student Success Convening: A Report to the Community

Who:  YOU!

What:  Invited to the Partner for Student Success Convening:  Report to the Community 

When:  Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM

            •   A light lunch will be served. 

Where:  Resource Training & Solutions, 137 23rd St. S. #201, Sartell, MN 56377


  • To learn about the work of Partner for Student Success

  • Meet other Partners

  • Be updated on data for students in our area

  • Find out about collaboration opportunities

Click here to RSVP for this FREE event:  Please RSVP by November 13th


Questions?  Please contact Amy Trombley, PFSS Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 320-420-0600

Area Child Care providers receive free curriculum kits; supporting area Kindergarten readiness

Over 50 in-home child care providers are receiving free curriculum this school year which supports Kindergarten readiness for our area’s children.  Thanks to a partnership between Partner for Student Success, Milestones, and Mother Goose Time, early learning curriculum, materials, and assessments will be distributed and shared with children in the greater St. Cloud area.

The initiative emerges through a partnership opportunity and data collected by Partner for Student Success which focuses on improving Kindergarten readiness. Based on data, there is a need most notably in the area of math. Currently, only 30% of students within the St. Cloud Area, Sartell-St. Stephen, and Sauk Rapids-Rice School Districts are starting Kindergarten with the math skills needed. Over 290 children ages 5 and younger will be taught, using the curriculum which aligns with the state-approved Early Childhood Indicators of Progress.

Providers meet quarterly to receive training, provide feedback and evaluations on curriculum for continuous improvement, and engage in discussion with other providers on implementation and best practices. “We are overwhelmed with the excitement and passion we have seen from our child care providers,” says Marcia Schlattman, program manager at Milestones. “One email was sent and the program was filled to capacity with providers eager to deliver this opportunity to their children.  We even have a waiting list should we be able to secure more curriculum.”

The group of providers has even started a Facebook group to share ideas, support further professional development, and provide updates about lessons.  Erin Pluimer, one of the pilot participants who also started the Facebook group, says, “I am loving the Mother Goose Time (MGT) Preschool curriculum.  I have been creating my own curriculum the last several years and it’s overwhelming and time consuming.  MGT makes it so easy with their monthly pre-packaged boxes.  It’s like opening a gift every month! The kids are loving the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) stations. I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in this pilot program.”

“With over 50 of our in-home child care providers supporting each other with an aligned curriculum, we are anticipating children being more prepared for Kindergarten,” says Adam O’Doherty, Executive Director of Partner for Student Success. We couldn’t have made this possible without many of our partners working together to support common goals for children in the greater St. Cloud area. We also need to thank DeZURIK of Sartell which provided space for storing the over 450 boxes of preschool curriculum and Northfield Promise for connecting us with this opportunity. 


Support Partner For Student Success Learn More

Partner For Student Success