Map Name: 2023-2024 Heart River Elementary Continuous School Improvement Plan
Time Period: 5/1/2023 - 6/3/2024

All Heart River Elementary students will reach their maximum potential to be effective citizens.


We provide all students with skills and resources in a safe environment for lifelong learning.


Heart River Elementary is a school which believes in its community.  Our purpose is to develop our students academically, socially and emotionally.  Students in today's society must be prepared for the challenges in which they will encounter. Our goal is to prepare our students to be Choice Ready.  

Collaborative Learning
Create a Collaborative Learning Environment
School Safety and Culture
Create a Safe and Supportive Culture
Effective Instruction
Establish Effective Teaching in Every Classroom
  • Teachers are involved in specific decision making processes regarding school initiatives (1.3)
  • Develop and sustain Effective Communication with stakeholders
  • Maintain a safe and collaborative culture.
  • At school wide level we will develop and measure goals focused on overall student achievement.
  • Staff will enhance their pedagogical skills through reflections and growth plans.
Critical Initiative
  • Meeting notes will be posted for non-School Improvement Team members to access.
  • "School Improvement Team members will routinely have input into decisions-making. "
  • Teachers will help identify the types of decisions in which partial and full autonomy are implemented
Critical Initiative
  • Engage parents in afterschool activies which promote understanding of the curriculum and direction of the school.
  • Engage parents in schoolwide activities which promote understanding of the curriculum and direction of the school
  • Maintain school-wide expectations and procedures.
  • Recognize student, staff, and school achievements.
  • "Staff will address student academic, behavior and social emotional needs based on individual student needs. RTI systems SSIS "
Critical Initiative
  • Benchmark assessments for academic and behavior to monitor studentsachievement.
  • During staff meetings we will view and discuss effective instructional practices.
  • Staff are provided opportunities to participate in learning walks.
  • Staff will discuss instructional practices at PLC meetings.
Key Measures
  • Ensure all stakeholders are represented in meeting
  • Posted agenda and minutes of monthly meetings
  • Teacher suggestion box
Key Measures
  • Agendas
  • Discussions between staff members and students
  • Music Programs
  • Parent sign in sheets
  • Parent surveys
  • Parent teacher conference organization chart
  • Professional Learning around Champs and Zones
  • Reduction of student conflict referrals to office
  • Student surveys
  • We will notice a decrease in Tier 3 referrals.
Key Measures
  • Agendas
  • Discussions between staff members and students
  • Ensure all stakeholders are represented in meeting
  • Implementation of Teaching Instructional Model
  • Observation of selected Instructional Model choice
Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
  • Common assessments that align to district-level essential standards will be used to monitor student achievement.
  • Data will be used to monitor individual student progress toward mastery of standards while helping to determine respective interventions/enrichment.
  • District-wide essentials have been identified to provide adequate time to monitor student achievement.
Critical Initiative
  • All students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the critical content through a variety of methods.
  • Data grids will be used to identify student needs.
  • Staff will administer common assessments to measure student progress .
  • Staff will be provided with year-long curriculum maps.
  • Staff will increase the master schedule that ensures tier one instruction for all students.
Key Measures
  • 80 percent mastery of common summative assessments
  • 80 percent mastery on common summative assessments
  • 80 percent mastery on summative common assessments
  • CFA's
  • decrease t3 academic referrals
  • RTI process
  • Time for intervention
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: