Update From Annie Hawker

Teacher Leadership Instructional Specialist

January 2020

Happy New Year!

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Mount Vernon Mission:

Fostering growth and confidence as learners and people.

Mount Vernon Vision:

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.
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full document mission vision commitments & goals


Mount Vernon Community School District Curriculum Cycle

Good curriculum work can take teams up to 3 years. After analyzing standards, creating assessments, and implementing instruction, curriculum teams may decide they do not need to purchase any piloted curriculum resources and that is just fine.

YOUR CHANCE TO GIVE ME SOME FEEDBACK in regards to Curriculum Leadership for Learning!

The image below is from ASCD Source.

Once a month, Grant Wood Area Education Agency hosts a meeting for local curriculum leaders and we Zoom into the Statewide Curriculum Leaders meeting put on by the Iowa Department of Education. I attend as our districts' representative locally and bring back what I learn to the district leadership team and teachers. I enjoy the collaboration with other local leaders of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. I have been paired up with curriculum mentors whom I collaborate with about once a month. At the beginning of last school year, this image was shared with us. Recently, it was re-shared on the ASCD Source.


1. What am I doing well in regards to the image below?

2. What are the areas for improvement?

3. How do you see yourself engaged in this work as a teacher?

Send me an email and let me know.



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Books Recently Finished or Currently Reading

(You are always welcome to borrow)

Iowa's Differentiated Accountability & the Healthy Indicators of a Successful Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Framework

The Every Student Succeeds Act School Designations will come out again in January on the Iowa School Performance Profile.

In Iowa, we are measured using the healthy indicators of a Multi-Tiered System of Support. The image below explains the system. The key components of an MTSS framework are also listed below. Our schools can be designated as comprehensive, targeted, or met. There will be no new schools in Iowa with comprehensive designations in January of 2020. Targeted schools last year will remain targeted for 2 more years. Schools who met expectations in 2019 could be targeted in 2020.
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From the Iowa Department of Education website.

We are working diligently in all buildings to improve our Multi-Tiered System of Supports this school year. Ask our leaders or instructional coaches about the actions we have taken.

Upcoming Events:

Full Day Professional Learning @ MVCSD

Friday, Jan. 3rd, 8:30am-3:30pm

525 Palisades Road Southwest

Mount Vernon, IA

@ WE---a clock classroom management idea, new office referrals - January focus on decrease of office referral at recess, Mustang Minute plan, reminder of Number Talks plan, and PBIS team meeting.

@ MVMS---MTSS review, differentiated instruction within our EBR system & Tier 1 Classroom instruction, academic support & behavior support system reminders, and accommodations.

@ MVHS---First semester reporting work and J-Term planning

Accessible Educational Materials Universal Design for Learning Book Study

Monday, Jan. 6th, 3:30-5:30pm

Mount Vernon Community School District Office

Middle School Ski Trip

Friday, Jan. 10th, 8:30am-4:30pm

8700 West Chestnut Mountain Road

Galena, IL

Middle School Cohort Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) Class @ GWAEA

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 8:30am-3:30pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Vernon High School J-Term CARE Conference

Monday, Jan. 20th, 8am-3pm

731 Palisades Road Southwest

Mount Vernon, IA

Accessible Educational Materials Universal Design for Learning Book Study

Monday, Jan. 27th, 3:30-5pm

Mount Vernon Community School District Office

Early Dismissal for Professional Learning @ MVCSD

Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 1:30-3:30pm

Mount Vernon Community School District

Are you collaborating with an Instructional Coach?

As always, ask your building coach to collaborate with you for:

  • The opportunity to be a part of a student-centered coaching cycle individually or with a team
  • Support in anything related to units of study using priority standards (elementary) or Evidence Based Reporting learning targets (MS or HS)
  • Strategies to help boost the skills of a group not performing as well as you would like them to in your classroom
  • Some ideas for extending student learning
  • Creating clear learning goals or targets for your students to achieve based on your classroom or grade level standards or the Iowa Core
  • Support in sorting student work/evidence/tests or calibrate grading as a team
  • Guidance on having data conversations and determining next steps for instruction as a team
  • Differentiating instruction
  • Learning about some proven instructional strategies and how easily they could be incorporated in your classroom

Teacher Leadership Instructional Specialist

Curriculum, instruction, and assessment leader, instructional coach facilitator, teacher leadership supervisor, EBR communicator, instruction & assessment professional developer, Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) reading strategies supporter, Number Talks learner