Curriculum Corner

Weekly Update 04/26-04/30

Letter from MEB

Happy Wednesday!

Here are some important reminders….

Open Gyms will be in person at the Jackson Building once again this summer. They will begin June 14 and continue through August 12. However, they will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays this year! Open Gyms will be held from 9 to 3. In order to ensure we are following safety protocols for social distancing, we will make sign ups available each Thursday afternoon for the following week.

We still have spots available for AVID DigitalXP-this is great for those of you that are AVID, Summer Institute or Path fans (or those that really like fabulous and actionable PD) . Here is a link that will provide all of the details. You may attend any session available this summer. If you are interested in attending, please contact Cathie Witte at 1092 and she will help you sign up.

Additionally, we will have a smaller version of Path trainings available to our district specifically. There are four offerings available to you. They will be held the last two weeks in July on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-11:30. These are available virtually. There are limited spots available for these and I suspect they will go quickly. Please contact Cathie Witte at 1092 if you are interested in attending. More specific info regarding each strand is available here:

Offerings are as follows:

  1. Fostering an Equitable and Engaging Culture in Classrooms
  2. Mathematics: Cultivating a Discourse-Rich Classroom – Elementary
  3. Mathematics: Cultivating a Discourse-Rich Classroom – Secondary
  4. Academic Language and Literacy Architects: Language Building Through Culture and Identity

Finally, Courtney Gordon will be here in early August for 3 days. Topics and sign ups will be available soon. We plan to offer additional PD selections provided by our own D118 staff. Those will be available each Tuesday and Thursday and offered virtually and/or in person. Sign ups for those topics will be available soon.

We will utilize the smore to communicate all things open gyms and PD through the summer. Please let us know if you have any additional PD you would like to see this summer.

Take care!


Join Dr. Louisa Moats Live for a LETRS Award Ceremony

May 3 at 2:00 p.m.---Find out firsthand how these LETRS Champions successfully implemented the science of reading in their districts. See you at the celebration! -------Click here to register

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 2 - April 28 @ 4:00 p.m.

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

To register


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!



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.

Second Step

April 29 @ 1:00 p.m.

Child Protection Unit: Working Together to Keep Kids Safe

Session 2

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.