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The MUASD is focused on data-driven instruction that is research-based.  We integrate technology to enhance teaching and learning.  We strive to meet the growing challenges of our 21st century learners while providing a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy.  In addition, we offer instruction that prepares our students for the real world.   Our instruction reflects the knowledge and skills our young people need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.

Instruction at MUASD is also aligned to the current educational research on best practices.  We utilize the educational research of Marzano, DeFour, Schmoker, Darling-Hammond, Fullan, as well as many others.  Some examples of those research-based strategies include:

  • Identify Similarities and Differences / Compare & Contrast

  • Summarize & Note Taking

  • Reinforce Effort / Providing Recognition

  • Provide Homework & Practice

  • Use Nonlinguistic Representations (physical models, pictures, illustrations, graphs, kinesthetic activities, etc.)

  • Use Cooperative Learning / Partner Work

  • Set Objectives (Learning Targets)

  • Provide Feedback

  • Generate and Test a Hypothesis

  • Use High-order Questions (DOK 3 & 4), Cues, & Advanced Organizers

  • Build Background Knowledge

  • Provide Direct Vocabulary Instruction
  • Scaffold Instruction

In addition, we also emphasize the most important concepts in each subject area.  We organize our instruction into small, manageable chunks and repeat as often as needed.  We also schedule distributed practice over time to allow for those most important topics to be revisited periodically to ensure long-term memory.  Writing in every core subject area is also a focus as we know that students who write often do better in all areas of learning!

There are a multitude of instructional resources available to teachers and students throughout the district.  Some of these curricular resources include McGraw and Hill’s Open Court Reading series, new for the 2019-2020 school year in grades K-5.  StudySync has been introduced in ELA classrooms within our newly configured 6-8 Junior High School.  Additionally, the district is in its second year of implementation of the Pearson’s Elevate Science program in grades K-6.  The district will continue to utilize Pearson’s enVision Math series for the fifth consecutive year in grades K-8.

The Mount Union Area School District continues to host a Pre K program in partnership with Huntingdon County Child and Adult Development Corporation.  This initiative continues to be supported through PA PreK Counts, and Head Start Supplemental, in addition to Title 1 funding.

The district participates with after school tutoring through the 21st Century Grant.  An advisor/advisee program is also in place to assist students with meeting graduation requirements.  All students, both special and regular education, have equal access to appropriate curricular programming that meets their individual needs. 

Please log into these documents for support with online instruction:
Instructional Plan for Remote Learners
Microsoft TEAMS Support for Families
Microsoft TEAMS Support for Students
Microsoft TEAMS Support for Educators