Map Name: 2023-2024 Zimmerman Elementary Continuous Improvement Plan
Time Period: 5/1/2023 - 5/31/2024

To achieve success through student-centered learning supported by positive relationships


Inspiring learners to be successful in a changing world


-Safe & Respectful Environments

-Student Centered Focus


-Positive Relationships

-Academic Opportunities

Climate and Culture
Create and maintain an engaging classroom culture that promotes positive social and emotional skills
21st Century Skills
Ensuring all students have appropriate learning opportunities and access to technology to prepare them for their future
Academic Rigor
Maintain and evaluate current educational practices to ensure academic rigor
  • Develop positive relationships with and among students, staff, parents, community and oneself.
  • Provide students with relevant learning experiences that require the use of the four C's.
  • Provide students with high impact classroom instruction
Critical Initiative
  • All special education staff will write behavior intervention plans based on functional behavior assessments aimed at teaching self regulation and/or executive functioning skills
  • Continue NHA implementation and parent, community, and staff training
  • Establish Wahpeton Literacy Coalition
  • Flexible seating and sensory items
  • Implement the Second Step curriculum
  • MTSS/Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support
  • PLC's
  • Promote family engagement
  • Targeted case management for families with Nexus Path social worker
Critical Initiative
  • Collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and technology integration (model explicit skills)
  • Measure explicit standards related to communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking
Critical Initiative
  • Steve Dunn Writing
  • 95% group
  • Evidence based core instruction for reading, math, and interventions
  • Heggerty
  • Incorporate science of reading into language arts instruction
  • Literacy Coaching
  • PLC's
  • Reading and math pathways
  • Research and implement curriculum according to WPS district rotation schedule
  • Vertical alignment in ELA & Math
Key Measures
  • Annual review meeting Title 1
  • Climate and Culture Survey
  • Parent survey Title 1
  • Track % of parent engagement
  • Track SWIS data
Key Measures
  • Kim Marshall Teacher Evaluation
  • Standards based report card
Key Measures
  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Data drill down (benchmark,PM, CF Assessments)
  • Early Literacy and Numeracy Assessments
  • End of unit assessments
  • Kim Marshall Teacher Evaluation
  • Phonological Awareness Screening Test (PAST)
  • Scope and Sequence for ELA and Math
  • Standards based report card
  • Standards based report card for math and reading
  • Teachers Evaluation
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: