• At Mountain Shadows we teach the Common Core standards.  The texts we use are Reading Street for Language Arts instruction, Envisions/Investigations for Math instruction, Foss Science, Harcourt Brace for Social Studies instruction, Write from the Beginning for Writing instruction  and Thinking Maps.   Please access the Az. State Common Core planning guide for parents for more information.
    We also utilize PDSA's as a tool to improve our instruction.  PDSA is amodel for continuous improvement of quality used to carry out change.  Itis a 4-step cycle or wheel that can be repeated multiple times for continuousimprovement.  This process is based on the work of statisticians Walter A.Shewhart and W. Edwards Deming.   The cycle is also known as PDCA:Plan, Do, Check, Act.
    • Plan – describe, assess, and analyze the current system
    • Do – action step based on root cause –try out the change
    • Study- examine the results of the action
    • Act – take action on the change/standardize or go back through the cycle with a revised plan