Curriculum Corner

Weekly Update 05/25-05/29

Letter from MEB

Happy First Day of Summer Break!

It is nice that we can now consider our first attempt at remote learning as complete and “one for the books “ (whew-does anyone else feel like they had been holding their breath since March 13?). We accomplished so much in a very short amount of time and the learning curve was sharp! We will continue to provide opportunities for staff to work with potential curriculum adjustments and Google PD (in addition to our normal fabulous selections we offer throughout the summer) all summer long. Every professional development opportunity will be advertised right here each Wednesday!

Rest, relax, rejuvenate and recharge!


PD Opportunities:


May 27

3:00 p.m.

PART 2: Preventing the COVID Slide with Back to School Readiness

May 27

6:00 p.m.

Catalyzing Change: An Overview of the 4 Key Recommendations for Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics

May 28

6:00 p.m.

Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics:

Initiating Critical Conversations Centered on the 4 Key Recommendations

June 1

5:30 p.m.

Building a Curious School

June 1

6:00 p.m.

Representation, Computation, Communication: Purposeful Use of Routines within Curriculum Materials (Grades 3–5)

June 2

6:00 p.m.

100 (or So) One Hundred Grid Activities for the Algebra Student (Grades 6–8)

June 3

6:00 p.m.

Creating a Math Classroom of #DreamChasers (Grades 10–12)

June 3

11:00 a.m.

Tech & Learning District Leadership Lunch ‘n Learn: Planning for Next Year

June 4

6:00 p.m.

You’ve Got Stories: Now It’s Time to Write!

June 4

2:00 p.m.

Computer Science Unplugged with LEGO Education



11:30 A.M.

The Autism Program at the University of Illinois is offering the PD opportunity below at no cost. It provides teachers and therapists with strategies for working with students who have difficulties with executive function.

To register click on the link below.

For more information, download the attachment below.


Creating Online Tutorials presented by Mr. Harmless

Welcoming the Kids Back! Reinvigorating the Positive School Climate

presented by Susan Isaacs

Below is a list of 10 free DACC online courses available to all staff:

Creating Web Pages

Creating WordPress Websites

Fundamentals of Supervision and Management

Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search

Keys to Effective Communication

Managing Customer Service

Marketing Your Business on the Internet

Personal Finance

Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring

Individual Excellence

Thank you DACC for providing additional training opportunities to our staff at no cost.

To take advantage of this offer, you must register before June 30. You will have 90 days to complete the course once you have registered.

For additional opportunities go to:

AVID Elementary Teachers

Below you will find a new resource that we would like to share with you; an AVID Elementary Weekly Digital Lesson Planning Self-Paced Workshop, built into Nearpod as an asynchronous professional learning experience. Teachers can move through the presentation, listen to instructions and participate in interactive and collaborative activities from the student view as a model for how to build this type of digital lesson. The lesson covers all parts of the critical reading process, so there are examples of activities that could be used over the course of several days. The lesson should take about 45 minutes for teachers to move through and process their own application of the tools. We hope that this will be a useful resource for teachers as they continue to engage students in an online environment.

Launch a Nearpod lesson to take at your own pace! You simply click below to get started.

Thank you, Teachers! You are HERO Makers!