Update From Annie Hawker

Teacher Leadership Instructional Specialist

November 2019

Mount Vernon Mission & Vision

Fostering growth and confidence as learners and people.

Through effective and intentional collaboration, the Mount Vernon Community School District will develop clear goals that outline the steps needed to be an exemplary district of choice.
2019-2020 School Improvement Goals for each MV School

Recommended by the MVCSD School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) and district Administration based on last school year's data.

Professional Learning Celebrations!

On October 9th:

During early-out professional learning

  • Washington Elementary teachers prepped for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Middle School Teachers had data conversations as grade-level teams in order to create the next 6 week round of Mustang Minutes intervention time for reading, math, social-emotional/behavior, extension, and standards-based skill needs.
  • High School Teachers reviewed EBR processes and WIN intervention time.

On October 23rd:

During early-out professional learning

  • All District Teachers were asked to watch the video, The Myth of Average. Each building was asked to either have a whole group conversation, an Actively Learn Classroom conversation, or share responses to questions via email.
  • All District Teacher Leaders met with Dr. Phil Warrick for professional learning that included learning from his book written with Robert Marzano and the late Rick DuFour, High-Reliability Schools. We were reminded that all of our district efforts or our EBR work, empathy building, and MTSS learning are a part of the 5 levels of a High-Reliability School: 1. Safe and Collaborative Culture 2. Effective Teacher in Every Classroom 3. Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum 4. Standards-Referenced Reporting 5. Competency-Based Education.

In regards to level 2, effective teacher in every classroom, we have excellent high-quality teachers in every classroom, but the state of Iowa is now requiring all school districts to

have an Instructional Framework. The TL Team has been learning about the Marzano

Instructional Framework orThe New Art And Science Of Teaching for the last year.

See Below. Feel free to ask any of us what we have learned. We look forward to sharing

more about our work with staff at the middle school and high school today and the

elementary in the future.

Dufour, Marzano, Rains, & Warrick (2018) High-Reliability Schools.

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To hear Teacher Leadership Podcast #8.

Hear the work of the Middle School MTSS Leadership Team.

Thank you to Lori Moss, Michelle Boyden, Whitney Turner, and Meagan Dielschneider for participating in the conversation. Thank you to Bob Haugse, Lesly Bruner, Jennifer Tischer and our Grant Wood consultants for all the continued work!!!

******SEND ME AN EMAIL STATING YOU LISTENED TO THE PODCAST!!! You will be entered in a drawing for classroom coverage so you can go visit another teacher's classroom to learn and snag some great ideas for your own classroom.

John Hattie & Peter DeWitt shared this article!

On October 16th, several district leaders and teachers attended Visible Learning training in Cedar Rapids.

A great image explaining The Common Core and Iowa Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

As we shift to standards-based learning and reporting 5th-12th grade, students' proficiency is currently being measured on the standards for mathematical practice. Here's what those standards mean.
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EBR Resources

Mount Vernon Teaching & Learning Website

Find all EBR information here

Upcoming Events!

Please ask questions about any upcoming events!

Full Day Professional Learning @ MVCSD

Friday, Nov. 1st 2019 at 8:30am-3:30pm

Mount Vernon Community School District, IA, USA


Wellness Fair

Marzano work with Dr. Phil Warrick

Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) Class with Middle School Teachers @ GWAEA

Wednesday, Nov. 6th 2019 at 12:30-3:30pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Early Dismissal for Professional Learning @ MVCSD

Wednesday, Nov. 13th 2019 at 1:30-3:30pm

Mount Vernon Community School District, IA, USA


Advanced Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) Cohort @ GWAEA

Wednesday, Nov. 20th 2019 at 12:30-2:30pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Teacher Leadership Instructional Specialist

Curriculum, instruction, and assessment leader, instructional coach facilitator, teacher leadership supervisor, EBR communicator, instruction & assessment professional developer, Comprehensive Intervention Model strategies supporter