The Teaching and Learning department is responsible for overseeing and supporting the K-12 curriculum that is implemented in every content area and in every grade level. Each content area is reviewed during a designated time period within the established Curriculum Review Cycle. Teams of dedicated teacher leaders work together to complete a formal review of each content area. This work involves studying trends and issues in the content area, identifying best-practice instructional strategies, conducting a needs assessment for our district, creating the curriculum frameworks that indentify the content addressed at each grade level, developing formative and summative assessments that address expected outcomes, and identifying resources/materials that best support teaching the skills students are expected to learn.
The Teaching and Learning department is also responsible for providing quality staff development for all staff throughout the district. For the past several years, this has involved implementing and supporting the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model for staff development. Research shows that the concepts of this model provide the highest-quality form of staff development, affording staff research-based methods for improving the learning of both students and staff.
Programs and Services
All three elementary schools in the district run this immersion program, in which students learn to speak, read and write in English and Spanish.
For students who have not yet developed academic English proficiency, English Learner Services helps students to be able to fully participate in all classes and subjects.
Response to Intervention (K-5)
A multi-level framework that integrates instruction, assessment and intervention within a school-wide prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems.
Reports & Literacy Plan
The district’s annual report to the community is also called the World’s Best Workforce report. Plus, learn what the district does to ensure that children are reading at grade level by third grade.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs)
Information for parents and teachers on these annual state tests in mathematics, reading and science that meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Find a variety of educational activities and hands-on, online fun for kids.
Overviews of what is taught at each grade level or class in the district.
Includes information about the district’s curriculum review process.
Professional Learning Communities
Teachers work in collaborative teams every Wednesday during the first hour of the school day in this development process, to better meet the needs of all students.
District-wide and building schedules for staff development plus workshop opportunities.
Teaching and Learning Staff
Mary G. M. Hanson, Director of Teaching and Learning
Nancy Kluver, Teaching and Learning Administrative Assistant
Office Location: Longfellow School | 201 Orchard Street | Northfield, MN 55057 | Fax: 507.645.1250