Best Practices and Resources

The district has developed a strategic plan that includes a vision, mission, beliefs, goals and a strategic direction.  This includes preparing every child to continue their education beyond high school, using data to drive educational decisions, developing high quality professional development (learning) opportunities for staff and providing opportunities for parent and community involvement and engagement.


The staff development committee composed of administrators, teachers, board members, and community members meets to ensure that the professional development being offered is in alignment with the district’s strategic direction.  The district staff development committee supported the following goals:  Professional Learning Community (PLC) teams as they implement the District’s Framework of Instruction (FOI) and the Teacher Evaluation Model; Staff using a variety of data to guide, refine, and implement instructional choices based on student progress; Enhancement of student learning and engagement through the use of technology.

2013-14 was the fourth year of Professional Learning Community (PLC) work.  All teaching staff participates in professional learning communities which are rooted in the four corollary questions:  1.)What is it we want students to learn? 2.) How will we know that all students have learned it? 3.) How will we respond when some students don’t learn it? 4.) How will we enrich and extend learning for those who have already demonstrated proficiency?  

PLC Training was provided to Principals and Teacher leaders by Cassie Erkins in 2013-2014.  In the summer of 2014, a team of principals and teachers attended the summer PLC institute and plans are being developed to send principals and teachers again in the summer of 2015.

District and Building Level Support

  • Local Literacy Plan
  • Title One in PK-K, 1-3, and 4-5 buildings
  • Title II Professional Development Plan
  •  Integration Plan
  •  RTI Plan in all buildings

Sanford Early Learning Center (PK-K

  • Title One in Reading and Math for students scoring below the 40th percentile in Reading or math.
  • PreK MN Reading Corps for preschool children meeting their qualification guidelines
  • MN Reading Corps in kindergarten for children meeting their qualification guidelines
  • Extended School Year reading and math summer programming
  • ECFE
  • ECSE

Ramsey Elementary (1-3)

  • Title One Reading and Math for students scoring below the 40th percentile in reading or math
  • MN Reading Corps for students meeting their qualification guidelines
  • Power Hour (Intervention time) for reading and math.  Teachers work with students in need of intervention who do not qualify for Title One or Reading Corps assistance
  • Extended day reading and math programming
  • Extended School year Reading and Math summer programming

Montevideo Middle School

  • Title One Reading and Math for students scoring below the 40th percentile in Reading or Math
  • Differentiated Reading and Math Classes.
  • Extended School Year Summer Reading and Math Programming

Montevideo High School

  • ICU Program for students with outstanding work
  • Reading Intervention Class for lowest level readers in addition to regular language arts class
  • Summer programming for students failing classes
  • School W/I School for struggling learners. 

To view the ISD 129 PLC Framework click here