Collaborate.  Innovate.  Advocate.

  Our Mission Statement

Through data-based decision making, meaningful collaboration, and implementation of innovative, evidence-based practices, the St. Croix River Education District will be a leader in maximizing outcomes for all learners.

The St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) serves the school districts of East Central, Chisago Lakes, Hinckley-Finlayson, North Branch, Pine City, and Rush City.  We also have three federal setting IV programs hosted in our member districts (SOAR, Pathway to Change, and Vision), as well as two transition programs (The Chisago County Schools' Life Work Center and The Pine County Transition Program).  In addition, we provide support to the TRIO Wolf Creek Charter School. 


We are SCRED

Guided by a strategic action plan developed with member district staff and administration, SCRED offers high-quality professional learning experiences and onsite support and consultation that promote collaboration and innovation in education while advocating for the unique learning needs of all students. 

SCRED Strategic Action Plan 2020-2025

Positive Happenings

August 2020 PL Catalog is now Live!

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Executive Director Jamie Nord Named Administrator Excellence

(St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named Jamie Nord, Executive Director of the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED), a 2020 Administrator of Excellence. Nord received this award in recognition of her leadership, concern for students, and active involvement in professional and community affairs. She was honored at a statewide recognition ceremony during the MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 12-13, 2020, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.

Nord began her tenure with the SCRED in 2007. She has served in several roles such as School Psychologist, Unique Learners' Manager, Director of Special Education, and currently as Executive Director.

Nord’s achievements reflect her ability to lead important changes in the educational system. This past year, she has given extensive testimony on behalf of special education at the legislature. This testimony provided a clear roadmap for legislative changes to improve the special education services schools provide, while reducing the paperwork requirements leading to less teacher burnout, and a reduction in the cross-subsidy issues facing Minnesota school districts. Nord’s persistence to improving outcomes for students has lifted the St. Croix River Education District to be held up as a model for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in Minnesota and at the national level.

 Nord is a participant in MASA Region 6 professional learning and meetings and on the MASA Legislative Committee. Nord currently serves on the MASE Board of Directors as the Area D Representative and is the Legislative Committee Co-Chair. She also has testified on behalf of MASE in the Senate and House Education Committees, served on PELSB workgroup as MASE representative, and has presented at numerous MASE conferences. Nord was also nominated to be the MASE President-Elect for 2020-21.

 Nord received a master's degree in Education and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a 6th Year Certificate for Director of Special Education, K-12 Principal, and Superintendent from St. Cloud State University.

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Nicole Woodward Receives MASE New Special Education Leader Award

(St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) has named Nicole Woodward, Director of Special Education of the St. Croix River Education District, the recipient of the 2020 New Special Education Leader Award. Woodward received this award for her commitment to students with disabilities and their families and her active involvement in professional and community affairs. She will be honored at a statewide recognition ceremony during the MASA/MASE Spring Conference, March 12-13, 2020, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.

“Throughout her short time as a special education leader, Nicole has left her mark at SCRED, exemplified the mission of MASE, and positively impacted the lives of students and their families across our state,” said Jamie Nord, Executive Director of the St. Croix River Education District. “Nicole's knowledge, ability to communicate and connect with others, and solution-focused problem solving skills, make her an outstanding choice for the recipient of the New Special Education Leader Award.”

Woodward has been the Director of Special Education of the St. Croix River Education District since 2015. Her previous positions at SCRED include School Psychologist and Unique Learners Manager. Woodward is knowledgeable in all areas of special education, from due process regulations to creating unique programming for the most challenging student cases. She has a special skill of explaining difficult concepts that are easy to understand and is patient with others while they are learning new things. Woodward is an effective communicator and connector allowing her to navigate difficult conversations with student, staff, and parents, and in facilitating professional learning opportunities.

During the 2019 legislative session, Woodward provided testimony on behalf of MASE at the Minnesota Capitol focusing on special education identification, placement, programming, and paperwork reduction. Woodward has represented MASE on the legislatively mandated Prior Written Notice (PWN) workgroup at the Minnesota Department of Education. Her knowledge base, ability to connect with others, and commitment to finding solutions has been positively received by the workgroup.

“Nicole is an individual who demonstrates a high level of integrity in her professional practice. She is responsive and resourceful helping to navigate difficult situations with focus and thoughtful reflection,” Melissa Brateng, Assistant Director of Student Services at Intermediate District 287. “Nicole is consistently present for our Special Education Directors' Forums as well as at the MASE conferences. Whether presenting or participating, Nicole routinely makes herself available and ensures she is able to grow and learn with her colleagues across our state. Her dedication to our field is clear and known to many.”

Woodward recently received the University of Wisconsin-River Falls’ Outstanding Alumni award for the 2018-19 school year.

Woodward received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict. She earned a master’s degree in Education and Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a 6th Year Certificate, Director of Special Education and K-12 Principal from St. Cloud State University.

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