Curriculum mapping allows schools to have coherent alignment of state standards across grade levels. A research site was in need of both vertical and horizontal alignment of standards. A school improvement plan was created using research-based methods. The plan allows teachers to work collaboratively within professional learning communities to unpack state standards to note priority standards, establish “I can” statements, form big ideas, pose essential questions, and create assessments to ultimately create engaging units in all classrooms. Teachers will work together to eliminate over and under coverage of standards.