WEEK OF 11/13 - 11/17
Letter from MEB
I am thankful that this time next week, instead of reading a smore, we will all be home enjoying a 5-day weekend (or is it a two-day week)? I am looking forward to our boys coming home, messing up their rooms, forgetting to load (and unload the dishwasher) and bringing me lots of laundry to do. I am hoping I will be thankful I can scold them a bit for forgetting to turn off lights and leaving their shoes in the middle of the floor.
Most importantly, I hope that you find many things to be thankful for. Please know, we are thankful for you.
HOW-TO VIDEOS FOR SKYWARD Q
Just a reminder: After entering your absence into Q, if you need a Sub, you MUST re-enter the absence into Red rover.
Also, there has been a frequent error when entering an absence into Q, “Insufficient balance.” If this happens just hit save twice and the absence should go through.
If you are taking a full day off, please make sure the Days column in Q says 1.0=full day , half day =0.5, and quarter day =0.25.
For any questions, please call Sierra Cortapassi at 444-1050
LEARNING STREAM INFORMATION
Need help adding students to your progress monitoring caseload in FastBridge?
FREE - Phonics Awareness Training - December 12!
AVID Strategies of the Month
Last month's PLC check-ins gave us some great insight into how to assist you with implementing the five academic expectations. Based on this, the flyer has 3 more purposeful movement activities as well as some prompts to help you come up with quick write questions.
I also have created a document, linked here, that has a master list of purposeful movement strategies, an explanation of what they are, and their ranking on a scale of 1-3 for how much movement is required.
In next week's PD, I will give a model lesson on a non-academic topic. I will show you how the academic expectations fit together, we will model specific strategies, and I will address other strategies that could work as well.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!
DHS AVID Site Coordinator
(217)444-1598 Room: 233
No Cost Infinitec Opportunities
UDL Book Club – Jennifer Skalitzky and Samantha Conklin will be facilitating a virtual book club using the text UDL NOW! by Katie Novak. Five 1-hour meetings between October 17-February 13 will allow participants to discuss key aspects and reflect upon their current practices. Professional credit will be provided for both synchronous and asynchronous activities. The book will be provided to all participating. Link to flyer: https://bit.ly/3rd0l9c
Executive Function, Literacy, and Assistive Technology Training – Nanci Shepardson will be presenting a full day of in-person learning in Glendale Heights. The morning session will focus on reading and the afternoon will focus on writing. Participants can attend one or both sessions. Nanci has presented webinars for us in the past and we’ve received phenomenal feedback about her ability to tie research to practical classroom applications to improve student learning. Link to flyer: https://bit.ly/3PDjhr7
Executive Function and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Connections – Paige Buckingham, MS, CCC-SLP will be back in Springfield – this time talking about executive function and AAC! This full day, in-person training will take place on Friday, December 1 at the Capital Area Career Center. Link to flyer: https://bit.ly/3Pn23wI
Calling all 5th – 12th grade teachers! Have you heard of Paper and want to know more? Look no further.
Paper is an online tool that our students can access for: personalized academic support (24/7 tutoring), interactive, independent practice (bell ringers), & future exploration and guidance (that supports AVID).
If you are seeking additional information or training, please contact Nicole Zaayer.
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Curriculum Department Staff
- MEB: Director ext. 1086
- Heidi Goula: Secretary to the Director ext. 1098
- Cathie Witte: Records and Professional Development ext. 1092
- Julie Cox: Literacy Coordinator ext. 1064
- Christy Orr: Tech Integration Specialist ext. 1087
- Sara Stimac: DIF ext. 1939
- Angela Wilson: DIF ext. 3297
- Brian Klett: Fine Arts Facilitator ext. 1075
- Nicole Zaayer: Curriculum Facilitator ext. 1090
- Jacob Roskovensky: Media Specialist ext. 1533
Location: 516 N. Jackson St, Danville, IL 61832, USA