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Teaching & Learning

Teaching and learning is at the heart of all work that takes place in School District 95 as District 95 educators strive to create engaging and important learning opportunities for all students.

Common Core Standards

District 95 is aligned to the Common Core standards in reading, writing and math. Standards are statements and define what is to be learned by the end of the school year.  In education terms, decisions about standards are made at the state level, defining for teachers, school leaders and parents what students are expected to know by the end of the year.


Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning.


District 95 Curriculum Maps

Curriculum includes many resources: activities, lessons, units, assessments, and can include a textbook series. Curriculum is the detailed plan for day to day teaching and how to get there. Curriculum decisions, including which textbook and programs to use, are made by local districts. Instructional decisions regarding student progress throughout the year are made in the classroom.


The maps are working documents that are updated, revised and changed based on the continued work and development to our lessons, instruction and resources to fully align to the Common Core standards. Our goal is to provide quality instruction that meets the needs of ALL students in District 95.


Data and Assessments

Student assessment is a key part of instruction in today's world. Based on the information we learn from student assessments, we know whether a student, a class, a grade or even an entire school are moving along at a proper pace. We utilize the data to provide the tools necessary for each student to learn and be successful at meeting individual goals.


Student Instructional Services

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a systemic, continuous-improvement framework in which data-based problem solving and decision-making is practiced across all levels of the educational system for supporting students. 

The elements of MTSS include:

  • Multiple tiers of instruction, intervention, and support. Includes learning standards and behavioral expectations.
  • Problem-solving process
  • Data evaluation
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Capacity building infrastructure

District 95 has an MTSS team, a process for student referral, tiered programming and we work together with classroom teachers, specialists, coaches, the special education team, support services and administration to make decisions that support student learning.