Map Name: 2023-2024 South Heart Elementary Continuous Improvement Plan
Time Period: 5/1/2023 - 4/30/2024

To educate and inspire all LEARNERS to reach their full potential as a responsible, productive, and respected citizen


To prepare students to persevere and succeed in an ever-changing world by developing a commitment to LEARNING


South Heart School believes that lifelong success is attained when the entire school community together challenges, models, and instills a life-long commitment to LEARNING

Academic Achievement
Ensuring students schoolwide are held to high academic expectations and are engaged in rigorous curriculum to show student growth.
Schoolwide Services
Supporting students schoolwide to ensure equal access to supports so all students are academically and behaviorally successful.
Community & Culture
Working with the community to build and foster a positive and safe learning environment for all stakeholders.
  • Analyze and track student data.
  • Increase schoolwide vertical and horizontal alignment between all grades.
  • Creating and utilizing the BLST forms in order to refer students for academic and/or behavior supports.
  • Communicate and actively involve community members throughout the school year.
  • Create a safe and positive environment for student cultural growth.
Critical Initiative
  • Integrating age-appropriate technology to enhance instruction.
  • Provide collaboration time for staff to analyze data from schoolwide assessments and state assessments.
  • Provide collaboration time to help drive vertical and horizontal alignment for developing mastery standards for each content area .
  • Provide professional development on required curriculums.
Critical Initiative
  • Tracking student progress to ensure student growth is occurring and students are referred for further evaluation when necessary.
  • Update and train staff on the referral process and utilize teacher teams to support student needs and interventions.
Critical Initiative
  • Informing all stakeholders about events, curriculum, and expectations of the school.
  • Initiate activities within the school to promote community involvement.
  • Promote achievements of students and staff within the community.
  • Provide cohesive schoolwide expectations throughout the school.
  • Provide students and staff with common expectations and implementation of academic and behavioral expectations.
Key Measures
  • Building Level Support Team Referrals
  • Collaboration notes and agendas
  • Lesson Plans
  • Mastery Standards
  • North Dakota State Assessment
  • Schoolwide Assessments
  • Student Technology Samples
Key Measures
  • BLST Referral Forms
  • Schoolwide Assessments
Key Measures
  • Awards programs
  • Building Level Support Team Referrals
  • Community Survey
  • Cougar Connection
  • Displays of achievements around school
  • Parent Survey
  • Parent Volunteers
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Promote extra/co-curricular activities
  • Student Engagement Survey
  • Teacher Feedback
  • Test Data
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: