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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

In alignment with State statute 123B.147 and Statute 122A.40, District 191 uses an annual performance based appraisal system for principals.

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


Our curriculum review plan supports high levels of academic achievement for all students and 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;
  • The timing, scope and procedures for curricular review;
  • 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 16    
AM Site work on School Improvement Plan PM Parent/Teacher Conference Planning

November 6   
AM K-12 Content Groups, Elementary and Secondary level meetings 
PM  School Improvement meetings at sites

February 28  
AM K-12 Content Groups, Elementary and Secondary level meetings 
PM  School Improvement meetings at sites

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