Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

  • At MUSD, Professional Learning Communities are the backbone of teacher collaboration. Teachers work in teams to determine learning expectations and outcomes for students, methods for assessments to monitor student progress, and instructional strategies that support all students in achieving their best. PLCs provide ongoing opportunities for growth for teachers as they support the needs of our learners.

Understanding by Design (UbD)

  • At MUSD, we have adopted the Understanding by Design (UbD) curricular framework for our four core content areas in secondary grades 7-12: English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. This structure provides a focus on learning knowledge and skills as students develop their unique understandings of content. Our units emphasize identifying desired learning outcomes as the first step in planning. Teachers then design an intentional instructional pathway that includes assessments to check student growth and development.

Writing Philosophy

  • Writing is the active and cognitive process of constructing text to facilitate our thinking and communicate clearly. Our goal is to develop life-long learners who are independent and proficient writers.

    Writing is a process that involves five distinct steps: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and final draft/publishing. It is a recursive process as writers revisit prewriting steps to develop and expand their ideas.  Each step of the process is explicitly taught and then practiced as students compose relevant content.

Reading Philosophy

  • Reading is the active and cognitive process of making meaning from print. The goal of reading is to comprehend and apply what is read to real-world experiences.  Our goal is to develop life-long learners who are independent and proficient readers.

    Effective instruction of these components is systematic and explicit. This is best achieved through an instructional approach that supports the development of students’ communication skills through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.