Curriculum Corner

Weekly Update 05/03-05/7

Letter from MEB

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you!

There are never enough words to describe the gratitude felt for educators and everything they do for our students -Especially when we have unprecedented school years like this one. I will not pretend that I have the words to encompass the thank you that teachers deserve not only this week but every week. Please know that you are appreciated beyond measure.

Enjoy this week dedicated to you and this special edition of the smore. 😊


Please enjoy the video from John Spencer. Maybe this video, more so than my words, will express the gratitude felt for our D118 educators.

SEL Is Not Extra, It's Essential!

Integrating SEL into classroom instruction and culture can feel like adding "one more thing." On our blog, social-emotional behavior coach Rebekah Kmieciak offers some simple practices that help foster SEL skills in any learning space.

Illinois Digital Educators Alliance

SOPPA for Teachers: What to Know and Why It's Important Webinar Series

Session 3 - May 5 @ 4:00 p.m

To register


Below are some new Nearpod resources meant to be a bit shorter to digest. The purpose of this one is mainly what to leverage "in and out" of the classroom for shorter schedules and students that are still maybe remote. It also helps with newer users to get started on a smaller scale with Nearpod.


Hello Special Education Staff!

The Summer Open Gym sign up will be out soon in a S'more near you.............

Special Education Open Gyms will be held in person at the Jackson Building on Mondays from June 14th- July 26th.

Check out the last round of PD for the school year!


Second Step

May 6 @ 1:00 p.m.

Early Learning: Improved Behavior, Improved Learning

May 11 @ 1:00 p.m.

SEL for Kids, for Adults, for Everywhere!

May 13 @ 1:00 p.m.

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

Teaching Online & Face to Face

Strategies for Teaching Students Online & Face to Face at the Same Time

Student Engagement

How do I ensure students are engaged with each other and the content in a hybrid and/or remote learning environment?

Are We Teaching the Math Kids Need?

Every child possesses vast mathematics potential, says Jo Boaler, Stanford University mathematics professor and best-selling author—but for them to access it, we need to rethink how we teach math.

Teaching Multi-Lingual Learners Online

Take a look at WIDA’s 10 Guiding Principles. Not only does it share each guiding principle but it also shares what teachers can do, what multilingual learners can do, and examples/resources connected to each principle. See if one of these guiding principles can help you today! 😊

Math Online Manipulatives

Check out to find many different virtual manipulatives. You can find virtual unifix cubes, ten frames 1-100, number lines, fraction tiles, counters, base ten blocks, dice, spinners, algebra tiles, place value disks, and much more! These manipulatives can be used to enchance any math lesson. Make sure you check them out!

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.

Past Smores

Links to all of our past newsletters in one place.