Curriculum Corner

Weekly Update 01/11-01/15

Letter from MEB

Happy Wednesday!

Please see Beth Edrington’s fabulous news regarding a new Google development and AVIDweekly! Thanks, Beth!

So many good resources for staff including social justice, PBIS, SEL, AVID, math, etc. Enjoy!


AVID Weekly Articles

Have you been looking for reliable supplemental lessons that are ready to post to your Google classroom? AVID Weekly has some amazing resources. If you haven’t used AVID weekly in the past, it is a collection of articles with lessons and AVID strategies built in. The great news is that AVID has now converted all of the articles to Google Docs that can be copied and shared in your Google classroom with just a few clicks. Below is how you can access the articles!

Here you can find a secondary example:

Lesson plan below

Try it, Talk it, Color it, Check it

Fun way to help students collaborate.

Equity in the Classroom: Three Part Series

Presented by Monica Washington

Remote Grading and Assessment Help

January 26 and February 2 presented by Tom Schimmer


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Hello Special Education Staff!

Below you will find the link to the PD Schedule for January and February that will include:

Open Gyms: Come to collaborate with your peers, ask questions, work on curriculum etc.-You will earn a 1 hour stipend and CPDU.

Live PD Sessions: Come to engage in a live presentation with different district staff members -You will earn a 1 hour stipend and CPDU

Self-Paced PD: Each month will have 2 self-paced PD options. You can view the presentation on your own time, then complete the quiz and an Exit ticket. I will send out the CPDU's at the end of each month. (I am still working on the finishing touches, so they are not ready just yet).


Second Step

January 14

11:00 a.m.

It’s Not Too Late! Take the First Steps to Set up and Access Your Second Step® Programs (Session 1)

To register

January 14

5:00 p.m.

It’s Not Too Late! Take the First Steps to Set up and Access Your Second Step® Programs (Session 2)

To register

January 19

1:00 p.m.

Middle School: Empowered with Skills for Life

To register

January 20

1:00 p.m.

Using SEL to Create Equitable Schools

To register

January 21

11:00 a.m.

Middle School: Using the Mid-Year Check-In Resources (Session 1)

To register

January 21

1:00 p.m.

Early Learning: Improved Behavior, Improved Learning

To register

January 21

1:00 p.m.

Elementary and Bullying Prevention: Power to Create a Positive School Climate

To register

January 21

5:00 p.m.

Middle School: Using the Mid-Year Check-In Resources (Session 2)

To register


Ready-to-Launch Activities

Looking to supplement your lesson plan with an engaging activity or a fun, community-building game? We've done the work for you! We partnered with your favorite content providers and trusted sources to create a collection of ready-to-teach activities!

See them all!


Daily Decks

A Newsela article paired with engaging Pear Deck prompts for active learning

Trivia Game Templates

A short, fun template pack to bring joy and connection to your class

Pear Deck

Weekly Wonders

A short deck designed around awe-inspiring content to spark conversation

Community-Building Templates

Build a harmonious classroom community that knows and cares for one another

Parks Project

Interactive Decks for every grade that focus on North America's National Parks — including virtual tours

Social-Emotional Learning Templates

Help students gain coping skills, resilience, emotional awareness, and empathy

Keeping students safe online 💻

Pear Deck and Google's Be Internet Awesome is a free digital citizenship curriculum full of interactive presentations that teach your students how to safely and confidently explore the online world. Install the curriculum now!

Remote Interventions K-6

Have you been looking for intervention ideas to use with your students while we are remote? These slides contain a collection of ideas for you to use for reading and math interventions for a variety of skills. All these intervention ideas come from resources we have available to us no matter where we are, so you won't have to worry about finding materials to take home with you. As we find more ideas for you, we will continue to update this slideshow, so keep checking this link!

Connecting the DOTS (Distant, Online Teachers and Students)

Webinar series and website designed to support teachers and families in navigating the uncharted terrain of remote and hybrid learning during COVID-19. Brought to you by Illinois State University's College of Education, this site is here to provide the latest approaches positively influencing teaching and learning. On the Connecting the DOTS website, you will find 10 Considerations for Remote and Hybrid Learning. For each topic you will see resources curated by ISU's College of Education faculty, and an upcoming free webinar that can be joined to talk with fellow educators who have promising practices to share.

Educators can register for the webinars at the Connecting the DOTS website:

llinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education is proud to announce a new program to increase mental health supports for Illinois students and educators. Click here for more info.

Educational Collaborators-Coaching Request Form

Please respond to the questions on the attached doc so we can match a coach to your needs and get a coaching session set up as soon as possible.


Lightspeed Classroom Management Demo from Lightspeed

Relay Classroom with Remote Learning from Lightspeed

Here is a video from another school

Short training from Lightspeed

Intro into Relay from Lightspeed

Past Smores

Links to all of our past newsletters in one place.