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Teaching & Learning

The STMA Teaching and Learning Department is dedicated to meeting all student academic, social, and emotional needs by providing quality support to families and staff through equitable educational opportunities. 

Teaching & Learning Newsletter

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Phone: 763-497-3180         Ext 5582

Email: jamiew@mystma.org

Jamie Wiitala

Director of Teaching and Learning

The Director of Teaching & Learning is responsible for providing leadership, coordination, and organization for the Teaching & Learning Department and for district-wide professional development, K-12 English Learner programming, and district advisory committees. Additional responsibilities include the oversight of federal title grants and the district's World's Best Workforce Plan. 

Advisory Committees
    American Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee
    District Advisory Committee (DAC)
    District Racial Equity Team

English Learner Programs
    Grades K-12

Federal Title Grants
    Title III
    Indian Education Programming Plan

Student Programming
    Indian Education Programming Plan
    English Learner Programming

Staff Development
    District Staff Development Coordination
    Graduate Level Course Offerings

World's Best Workforce

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Phone: 763-497-3180         Ext 5536

Email: sharilynl@mystma.org

Shari Ledahl

Supervisor of Curriculum & Student Programming

The Supervisor of Curriculum & Student Programming is responsible for providing leadership and training for the implementation, planning, coordination, and evaluation of district-wide curriculum at all grade levels (Early Childhood through Grade 12) as well as the oversight of general education intervention programming including the district-wide Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) implementation. Additional responsibilities include management of the Federal Title II grant.

Curriculum
   EC-12 Curriculum Review
   Curriculum Maps
   Curriculum Capital Outlay
   Report Cards and Grading
   MN Common Course Catalog (EC-12)
   Local Literacy Plan 

Student Programming
   
General Education Intervention Programming
   MTSS Implementation
   Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Implementation

Federal Title II Grants

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Phone: 763-479-6588         Ext 5509

Email: mollyj@mystma.org

Molly Jerpseth

Curriculum Coordinator

The Curriculum Coordinator is responsible for assisting the Curriculum Supervisor in providing leadership and training for the implementation, planning, coordination, and evaluation of district-wide curriculum at all grade levels (Early Childhood through Grade 12) and for co-facilitating the implementation of MTSS across the district.  Additional responsibilities coordinating and facilitating all mentorship support programming for new-to-district staff members.

Curriculum
   EC-12 Curriculum Review
   Curriculum Maps
   Curriculum Capital Outlay
   Report Cards and Grading
   MN Common Course Catalog (EC-12)

Student Programming
   MTSS Implementation

Mentorship Programming
   District Mentorship Committee
   New Teacher Workshop
   Year 1, 2, & 3 Probationary Support Sessions

Phone: 763-479-6588         Ext5178

Email: trinas@mystma.org

Trina Schultz

Literacy Coordinator

The Literacy Coordinator is responsible for managing the district’s literacy program including coordinating the district’s implementation of the Read Act and District Literacy Plan while working in support of the district’s intervention programming and assisting with the alignment of the district’s literacy services.

Curriculum
   EC-12 Literacy Curriculum Review

Student Programming
   EC-12 Read Act Implementation
   District Literacy Plan Development

Phone: 763-497-3180                Ext 5505

Email: lloydk@mystma.org

Lloyd Komatsu

Assessment & Student Programming Coordinator

The Assessment & Student Programming Coordinator is responsible for providing leadership and training regarding the collection, dissemination, and analysis of student data, and support for teachers and administrators in the effective use of data to measure student progress and inform and guide instructional practices.  Additional responsibilities include oversight of district-wide High Potential Programming and Title I programming and co-facilitating the implementation of MTSS across the district.

Testing & Assessment
   ACCESS
   ACT/Pre-ACT
   Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
   CogAT
   FastBridge Assessments
   MCA/MTAS
   NWEA Assessments
   PSAT/NMSQT
 
Federal Title I and IV Grants

Student Programming
   
High Potential Programming
   MTSS Implementation
   Title I

Surveys
   
MN Student Survey
   WBWF Parent Satisfaction Survey

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Phone: 763-497-3180         Ext 5168

Email: sandif@mystma.org

Sandi Ferris

Curriculum Technology Integration Coordinator

The Curriculum Technology Integration Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the integration of technology into curriculum and instructional practices district-wide, and provides staff development, leadership and support for staff members.  The Curriculum Technology Integration Coordinator also works with the Technology Department to assist in the implementation of the technology equipment and tools that are supported by the district as well as helps in communicating technology related information to students, parents, and community members.
Curriculum
   Manages Online Curriculum Resources    Assists in the Selections of Curriculum Materials using Technology    Supports Curriculum Adoption of Technology Resources    Supports and Implements SSO (Single Sign-On) for Online Curriculum Materials and Resources
Staff Development
   Facilitates Technology Integration Training Sessions
   Supports Technology Enhanced Lesson Development
Technology Integration
   Leads Building Technology Integration Specialists with effective use and implementation of technology in the classrooms to increase student achievement    Teams with Instructional Coaches to Integrate technology in the classrooms    Coordinates sharing and curation of Technology Resources
Technology Department
   Coordinates with the Technology Department to communicate the technology needs of all staff and students and assist with the implementation and effective use of the technology resources available

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Phone: 763-497-3180            Ext 5300

Email:priscillad@mystma.org

Priscilla DeSpiegelaere

Teaching & Learning Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing clerical support to department staff members to ensure the efficient functioning of the Teaching & Learning Department.