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Strategies for Improving Instruction, Curriculum and Student Achievement

Teacher Evaluation

The purpose of the Teacher Evaluation System is to develop, improve, and support qualified teachers and effective teaching practices, and improve student learning and success. The annual evaluation process, in the 3-year review cycle, must include having trained observer’s serve as instructional coaches or having teachers participate in professional learning communities. 

As the teacher evaluation serves many purposes, it’s most important is to ensure that teachers are focused on how their craft impacts student learning. Evaluation will be used to determine professional development needs and how best to support teachers in their efforts at closing achievement and opportunity gaps in our schools. It is through supporting and developing our instructional staff that we ultimately impact student learning.

Principal Evaluation

The MN Legislature passed Statute 123B.147 in 2010 requiring all districts to develop an annual, performance based appraisal system for principals to be implemented in the 2013-14 school year. Statute 122A.40 was also passed that year requiring districts to develop a new appraisal system for teachers to be implemented in 2014-15.  The MN Department of Education has developed two work groups to provide leadership for this effort, and they have now started providing some information and training.  

ISD 191 has chosen to view these directives as an opportunity to align our appraisal systems with our district strategic plan and to partner closely as we tackle the work ahead.  We are using the Guiding Change and Decision Making frameworks to guide our processes and intend to use this web page to keep stakeholders informed

School Improvement Plans (SIP Process)

Each school in District 191 has a School Improvement Plan that includes the following focus areas.

  • Instruction Focus Area
  • Connections Focus Area
  • Culture & Climate Focus Area
  • Community Engagement Focus Area
  • Infrastructure Focus Area

Curriculum

In May 2011, a written curriculum management plan was approved by the Board of Education that supports high levels of academic achievement for all students and which includes the following components:

  • A philosophical framework for the design of the curriculum;
  • A planned cycle of curriculum review for all subject areas at all grade levels;
  • A description of the roles and responsibilities of the Board, central office staff members, and school-based staff members;
  • The timing, scope and procedures for curricular review;
  • The format and components for curriculum guides;
  • A description of how state and national standards will be included in the curriculum;
  • A description of how assurances will be made that the curriculum is culturally inclusive;
  • An assessment plan and procedures to determine curriculum effectiveness;
  • The approaches by which assessment data will be used to strengthen curriculum and instruction;
  • A plan for linking a comprehensive staff development program to curriculum design and delivery;
  • Procedures for monitoring curriculum delivery; and
  • A communication plan for the process of curriculum design and delivery, as well as celebration of progress and quality.

Continuous Improvement Work Groups

In an on-going effort to improve student learning various groups of staff meet through-out the year to work on the following goals:  

  1. To assist each other in implementing an ongoing equity-based instructional planning cycle, through deepened understanding of effective data use and the implementation of essential instructional practices with a focus on the Gradual Release of Responsibility within a Multi-Tiered System of Support
  2. To strengthen our leadership capacity to carry out this work
  3. Develop a professional learning community among school leaders
  4. To improve teacher capacity and student outcome

Professional Development Plan

October 13    
AM Site work on School Improvement Plan PM Parent/Teacher Conference Planning

November 26   
AM K-12 Content Groups, Elementary and Secondary level meetings 
PM  School Improvement meetings at sites

February 16  
AM K-12 Content Groups, Elementary and Secondary level meetings 
PM  School Improvement meetings at sites

March 18 
AM K-12 Content Groups, Elementary and Secondary level meetings
PM  School Improvement meetings at sites