Map Name: 2023-2024 Burke County Elementary School Continuous Improvement Plan
Time Period: 5/1/2023 - 4/30/2024

Empowering students to dream big and improve themselves and their world.


Support students emotionally and prepare them academically as they build confidence and strive for excellence.


We believe all students have the ability to develop:


Strategic Planning
Burke Central Schools will collect and analyze student data, classroom observation data, and stakeholder feedback to guide the district in strategic planning.
Science of Reading
Burke Central Schools will embed the Science of Reading into our curriculum and programming.
School Safety
Burke Central Schools will ensure that all students and staff are safe while at school.
  • Utilize student performance data, classroom observation data, and stakeholder input to guide the district in strategic planning.
  • Train staff and embed the Science of Reading in our programming and curriculum.
  • Provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
Critical Initiative
  • Analyze Student Performance Data to identify trends in math and language arts.
  • Collect and analyze surveys from staff, students, and parents.
  • Conduct ELEOT sweeps twice a year and analyze data from classroom observations.
  • Utilize our Regional Education Association, WERC, to aid in guiding the district in the strategic improvement planning process.
Critical Initiative
  • All K-3 reading staff will be trained in the Science of Reading.
  • All Science of Reading requirements will be reported to the NDDPI and the School Board will be updated on our district's progress.
  • Elementary Staff will review current reading curriculum to ensure that our curriculum is aligned to the Science of Reading.
Critical Initiative
  • Conduct active shooter professional development that benefits both the school and law enforcement.
  • Create a communication system that involves staff, law enforcement, emergency services, and families.
  • Create a School Safety Team consisting of school staff, law enforcement, custom border and protection agents, and emergency service members.
  • Update emergency plans for all specific emergency situations.
Key Measures
  • Committee Meeting Notes
  • ELEOT Data
  • Meeting Notes
  • Strategy Map
  • Survey Calendar
  • Theory of Actions
Key Measures
  • Meeting Notes
  • NDDPI Reports
  • Professional Development Tracking
Key Measures
  • Emergency Manual
  • Meeting Notes
  • Professional Development Tracking
Counseling Services
Burke Central Schools will provide counseling services, both career and mental health, to all students.
Professional Development
Burke Central Schools will utilize professional development days based off the needs of the district.
  • Provide both career counseling and mental health counseling to all students.
  • Provide effective professional development to all staff.
Critical Initiative
  • Select an Elementary Social-Emotional Learning curriculum to pilot and consider for full staff implementation.
  • Utilize a Social Worker to provide in person mental health support to all students.
  • Utilize High School Staff to provide career and college counseling to all students.
  • Utilize School Pulse and contracted school counseling services from WERC to provide counseling support to our high school students.
Critical Initiative
  • Create a Professional Development Committee that is comprised of administration and teaching staff.
  • Create a school calendar that allows for extended times for professional development.
  • Professional Development Committee will analyze student performance data when selecting professional development.
Key Measures
  • SEL Program Selection
  • Student Cognia Surveys
Key Measures
  • 2023-2024 School Calendar
  • Committee Meeting Notes
  • Meeting Notes
The Strategy Map has been created in collaboration with The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and Cognia™.

All schools in North Dakota participate in a Continuous Improvement process. Continuous Improvement means examining a school’s current reality including demographics, culture, technology, finances, and academic progress, among many other factors. In addition, Continuous Improvement means looking into the future and predicting what may change – what will be different a year from now, or 10 years from now.


During the 2018-2019 school year, all schools in North Dakota participated in this Continuous Improvement journey. School personnel participated in training and collaborated with diverse stakeholders such as community members, teachers, parents and students to map out what the school’s priorities are, what the school’s objectives are and what critical initiatives needed to be implemented to achieve those objectives. This planning process resulted in a Strategy Map – a 3 to 5-year plan for the school.


It is important to note that the Strategy Map is a snapshot in time. It is documentation of what the school’s priorities were the past school year. In this case the Strategy Map below was captured and submitted on May 1, 2019. It is equally important to note that the Strategy Map below may have changed since its submittal. This is because priorities may have changed quickly depending on numerous factors. Factors can include, but are not limited to, a natural disaster, a high staff turn-over rate, or an influx or decrease of students. To obtain a copy of this schools current and update Strategy Map, please contact the local school administrator.

Please contact North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction with any questions and feedback via email to the following address: