Update From Annie Hawker

Teacher Leadership Instructional Specialist

December 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.

Teacher Self-Care

I hope you had a lovely, relaxing Thanksgiving and made some time for self-care!

A reminder! For those of you who did not have a chance to stop by our wellness fair in November, here's a copy of Self-Care Bingo. Complete a row and turn it into Dr. Batenhorst for a chance to win a free monthly family pass to the new Wellness Center.

Also, the wellness committee has been working on this Social-Emotional Well-Being Toolbox for Teachers since last fall. Try a link out with your students and let us know what you think.

A few quotes from my favorite author and social worker, Brené Brown! Please know you are valued! Take good care!

Professional Learning Celebrations!

On Friday, November 1st

During Early-Out Professional Learning

  • The Washington Elementary Teacher Leadership Team worked with Dr. Phil Warrick from Marzano to plan how to roll out our instructional framework to all staff.
  • All Middle School Teachers worked with Dr. Phil Warrick from Marzano to align EBR, PLC, & MTSS work through feedback and assessment practices.
  • All High School Teachers worked with Dr. Phil Warrick from Marzano to align PLC processes and to learn about The New Arts & Sciences Framework and the benefits of Instructional Rounds.

On Wednesday, November 13th

During Early-Out Professional Learning

  • About three years ago, we implemented Number Talks at Washington Elementary when we developed new pacing guides using our curricular resources for math. During early out work, Washington Elementary reviewed Number Talks including the "Talk Moves" (image to the right) and the developmental strategies for mastering addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Thank you, Krista Whitham, Cara Dix, and Kate Stanton for all your work and planning for our early out review of # Talks!

A New Podcast!

Click on the image to the left to hear #9 Mount Vernon Teacher Leadership Podcast

A conversation with Washington Elementary Kindergarten PLC about collaboration. Only 10 minutes!


Click to see our new MVCSD Curriculum Cycle Image

Please let me know what you think! What questions do you have?


Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) Individual Student Reports were mailed home to families the Wednesday before Thanksgiving! Here's what they look like:

CLICK HERE for ISASP Teacher Training Slides

All you need to know about how to read ISASP Reports

Upcoming Events!

Student Centered Coaching

Monday, Dec. 2nd, 8:30am-12pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Counselor Academy w/ MVCSD Building Counselors

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 1-3pm

1120 33rd Avenue Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

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

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 8:30am-3:30pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Curriculum Leaders Meeting

Friday, Dec. 6th, 8:30-11:30am

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Early Dismissal for Professional Learning @ MVCSD

Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 1:30-3:30pm

Mount Vernon Community School District, IA, USA


Advanced Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) Cohort @ GWAEA

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 12:30-3:30pm

4401 6th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

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See what MV Schools are doing during early outs

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