Mount Vernon Community School District Curriculum

 Curriculum Improvement Process 

“Empowered teams are such a powerful force of integration and productivity that they form the basic building block of any intelligent organization. Given the right context, teams generate passion and engagement. In addition, a team is something to belong to, a support group and political unit with more clout than the individuals in it.”

                  –Pinchot & Pinchot, The End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization

Mount Vernon Community School District’s K-12 Curriculum requires collaborative work in order to align our efforts to ensure its effectiveness.  It is to that end that we are willing to examine all practices and their impact on learning. 

Collaboration is “a systemic process in which we work together, interdependently, to analyze and impact professional practice in order to improve our individual and collective results”.

                             –DuFour, DuFour, & Eaker (2002)

Teams will be formed as Professional Learning Communities based on curriculum.  Attendance center teams will meet regularly, and vertical teams will meet across attendance centers at least twice a year.   Research supports PLC work as our best hope for “sustained, substantive improvement.” –DuFour


PLC Work will be done with

·      Norms will be established and followed

·      SMART Goals will be used

·      Collaboration will focus on student learning and continuous improvement

·      Results-orientation  based on data

·      Teams will use “Critical Issues for Team Consideration” as their guide



By the end of the:

·      2nd Week-       Team Norms

·      4th Week-       Team SMART Goal

·      6th                   Week-Common Essential Outcomes

·      8th                   Week-First Common Assessment

·      10th                 Week-Analysis of Student Performance on First Common  Formative Assessment

     Administrative Leaders for PLC Subject Groups: 

Dr. O'Malley

Mrs. Gunn

TechnologyMr. Haugse
Family Consumer Science
 Social Studies

Ms. Jones
Language Arts

Mr. Brand
World Languages
Industrial Tech

Mr. Thede

N.Gunn 2014