Update From Annie Hawker

Teacher Leadership Instructional Specialist

May 2020

MVCSD Mission

Fostering growth and confidence as learners and people.

MVCSD 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.

Full Document MVCSD Mission Vision Commitments & Goals

Mount Vernon 2019-2020 School Improvement Goals

Our MVCSD Continuous Learning Plan through May 29th!

Washington Elementary School

Washington Elementary teachers meet as PLCs each week to plan new reading and math instruction. They collaborate and create digital links for all materials in their grade level spreadsheet on the MVCSD Family Hub for School Closure Learning Opportunities. They also make copies for families to pick up from tubs at the front of the elementary building weekly. Specials teachers collaborate to add new learning to each grade level spreadsheet. Nice work, WE friends!

Mount Vernon Middle School

Mount Vernon Middle School Teachers collaborate each week to provide students with new learning in each content area and elective class. Families and students are emailed weekly and new learning is posted on grade level websites:

5th Grade Website

6th Grade Website

7th Grade Website

8th Grade Website

Nice work, middle school teachers!

Mount Vernon High School

Mount Vernon High School teachers provide new instruction and learning to students each week. Most courses meet via Zoom or Google Meet sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays for new instruction. Formative checks with students typically occur on Thursdays and Fridays. See image to the right for the high school schedule. Each class and teacher is linked with a document outlining work and includes a Zoom link for class. Nice work, high school team!

Digital Tools & Tips for Continuous Learning

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Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Continuous Learning Guide

Click image to the right for a table of Digital Tools and learning tutorials to choose from. You can learn at your own pace. Table includes Zoom, Screencastify, Google Classroom, Google Slides tips, FlipGrid, YouTube, SeeSaw, EdPuzzle, Quicktime, Zoom Break out Sessions, and many more. Please email me or an instructional coach if you need any support with any of these.

Zoom Resources for Educators

Click image to the right to learn more about Zoom Polling, Reactions, Screen Sharing, Chat, Breakout Rooms, Recording, Participant Icons, Virtual Backgrounds, & Screen Annotations.

Google Meet

Click image to the right to access Google Meet Resources for teachers. Here's a video tutorial for Breakout sessions in Google Meet. While it is not a feature within Google Meet currently. Learn how to utilize Google Slides and Google Classroom to create collaborative groups.

Google Suite Teach From Home Hub

Click image to the right and scroll for many many tutorials on Google Classroom, Google Forms, Google Docs, Livestream, Google Meet etc.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom Handbook from our Grant Wood AEA Digital Learning Team.

Click image to the right for additional Google Classroom tutorials. There are many options for posing student questions to all, conducting class discussions, producing 1 Google Document for all students without them needing to make a copy, and giving meaningful feedback.

Engagement Strategies for the Virtual Classroom

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The goal is to provide you with strategies that can be carried back into the brick and mortar classroom, support you and our students' learning now, and support you if there is another school closure in the future.

Matt Stier (University of Iowa Professor) has been teaching via Zoom exclusively for the past 4 years. He likes to start class with an engagement activity posted on his screen (as seen above) with 3 options to get students thinking. Sometimes, he has students their products in break out sessions. Other times, whole group or not at all.

I have seen many of you use Kahoot to increase the response rates of all students in your classrooms and via Zoom. Nice work!

Increasing student response rates is key in the regular classroom, but can be even more challenging via Zoom. Learn how to use the polling feature (can be set up by signing into Zoom, clicking on settings on the left hand side, and scrolling down to click the polling feature on.) Here are some written directions and a video tutorial.

The reactions feature is also a great way to engage all students during your Zoom session. You could also use the research based Talk Moves typically implemented with students during Number Talks. Many teachers utilize these hand gestures to increase student response rates in all content areas.

We have learned through our Instructional Practices Inventory work that it is important for students to engage in higher order thinking conversations as they relate to the standards and talk about what they are learning. The Breakout Room Feature is a great way to do this during a Zoom class. Here are some written direction as well as a video tutorial.

It could also be as simple as asking our students their preferences, strengths, challenges, and aspirations for learning in this new digital world. In our Accessible Educational Materials work as a district, for the past 2 years, we have been learning about digital tools, how to design virtual content visually, auditorily and in text, as well as gain an understanding of how the brain best learns. Equity has been a focus with the hope to remove barriers for our students in this group and our Computer Science learning team. Ensuring students have access to meet learning standards. It does not mean we lower the expectations of the standards or the rigor of our content, but how choices for students in our assessments and instructional tools can support their access to depths of learning. I learned a lot about your needs as learners by polling you before this newsletter. How can we provide this practice to our students too?

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McClaskey, K. (2017). Personalization and UDL: A Perfect Match. Educational Leadership, 74 (6). Retrieved from: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational


Teacher Continuous Learning Resources & Links are updated!

I know many of you have your go to resources and links for continuous learning. You are doing a great job and are in full swing! Keep it up! As you share resources with me, companies share updates, or our Grant Wood Consultants, the state, and others share resources, I continue to add them to our Building Resource Documents linked below. Here's a video reminder: how navigate the outline feature/table of contents and search the document for a specific link. Many of the tools and tutorials listed above are also found on these resource documents. Some great new additions are Fly Leaf Publishing (decodable books), Achieve the Core (mathematical modeling lessons), and new STEAM activities.

Washington Elementary Teacher School Closure Learning Resources & Links

MVMS Teacher School Closure Learning Resources & Links

MVHS Teacher School Closure Learning Resources & Links

The Hyper Docs linked even show you how to have students turn in assignments using a Google Form.

Choice Boards, Hyper Docs, and Playlists

Click Images below for links to examples of Choice Boards, Hyper Docs (see definition above), & Playlists


Click images below for links to videos, articles, or podcasts


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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