Curriculum Corner

Weekly Update 09/20-09/24

Letter from MEB

Happy Wednesday!

I hope that you get a minute to breathe this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon. We know that this year has been so much more than a lot.

The hard work, patience, persistence-despite the challenges (and the exhaustion that comes with it) of every single person in the district has not gone unnoticed.

Northeast, we will miss you the next couple of weeks but are so glad you are getting time to breathe! Everyone else, our time is coming soon.

I wish you a peaceful, restful break and time to do all the things that you want to do with those that you love to spend time with. You are appreciated.

The smore will return on October 18th.

Take care,


Prioritize The Most Essential Writing Skills

Kristina Smekens presents, "Essential Lessons to Accelerate Student Writing." During four 75-minute sessions, she will reveal how to focus your writing instruction on the most critical writing skills for your grade level.

Not Just Another Conference!!

Great news everyone!!

Join the founder of Mindful Practices and author of the 4-part series Everyday SEL and Mindfulness, Cooling Down Your Classroom, and Everyday Self-Care for Educators for a candid, introspective, and engaging workshop on classroom management and SEL today’s classrooms! Perfect for teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and school staff!

All staff are invited to attend this virtual conference. If you are interested, please fill out the attached registration form and email it back to me no later than Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Registration includes 2PD hours and a copy of EVERYDAY SEL AND MINFULNESS by Carla Tantillo Philibert.

Flyer with conference details below.

Cindy Redman

Grants Bookkeeper

Educational Support

Danville District #118

516 N. Jackson


217-444-1063 fax

AVID Open Access

What Changes in Fall?

NEA Foundation Invites Applications for Educator PD

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of educator professional development. Submission Deadline 10/15/2021


ISBE Special Education

The Autism Professional Learning and Universal Support Project (A+) at Illinois State University assists the Illinois State Board of Education

The Autism Prof. Learning & Universal Support Project

Professional learning and coaching to help address the significant behavior needs of youth with autism spectrum disorder and related behavior and communication disorders. See what learning opportunities are available on the A+ website.


09/30 @ 1:00 p.m.

SEL for Kids, for Adults, for Everywhere!

10/5 @ 1:00 p.m.

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

Fall College Board Update: Danville

Fall is here, and I can’t believe it’s almost October! Please see fall PSAT-related updates, including information about College Board Opportunity Scholarships, Real Talk, and Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Real Talk

Real Talk is back! Please join us for our fall kick-off, Real Talk: What You NEED To Know Edition this Thursday, 9/30 at 7pm ET. Admissions representatives and college access experts will provide students with roadmaps by grade level to maximize their year and further their college planning goals. As always, attendees will have an opportunity to ask top of mind questions in real time. All grade levels and academic achievement levels are welcome. Special guests include Brittany Young, CEO of B-360, which leverages dirt bike culture in DC and Baltimore to connect students to STEM.

Please help us spread the word within your networks by sharing the RSVP link<> .
Fall 2021: PSAT-related Assessments
PSAT/NMSQT Administration Dates:

Primary test day: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Saturday test day: October 16, 2021

Alternate test day: Tuesday, October 26, 2021


* PSAT/NMSQT Coordinator Manual<>
* Fall 2021-22 Flexible Administration Policies for SAT Suite of Assessments <>
* PSAT/NMSQT Benefits Flyer<>
* PSAT/NMSQT Scholarship Flyer<>
* PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide<>
* PSAT/NMSQT Student Answer Sheet Instructions<>

Fall/Winter: PSAT 8/9 Administration:

* 2021-22: PSAT 8/9 Ordering and Administration Dates<file:///C:/Users/mlaraviere/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/2JEX871S/BigFuture%20Days>
* Fall 2021-22 Flexible Administration Policies for SAT Suite of Assessments <>
* PSAT 8/9 Benefits Flyer<>
* PSAT 8/9 Student Guide<>
* PSAT 8/9 Student Answer Sheet Instructions<>
Contact Information:

* PSAT Coordinator Hotline: 877-477-7728
* Student Customer Service: 866-433-7728

Help More Students Unlock College and Scholarship Opportunities

When students join Student Search, they can receive information from colleges and scholarship programs on majors, campus life, and ways to make college more affordable. See attached flyer for more information.
College Board Opportunity Scholarships
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships<> program is currently open to class of 2022 students. This scholarship program is open to all students, and it doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Students complete key steps along their path to college for chances to earn scholarships. See attached flyers for more information.

* The deadline for the Practice for the SAT<> scholarship is October 31, 2021. Students in the class of 2022 who complete at least one Timed Mini Section or one Diagnostic Quiz on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy<*3A*2F**2FSAT%26data%3D04*7C01*7Crelvey**7C8112e114b985497cd8cb08d9778e7755*7C7530bdedfd6e4f58b5d2ea681eb07663*7C0*7C0*7C637672276330132025*7CUnknown*7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0*3D*7C1000%26sdata%3D2Am5Gt*2FtBr8L30PPWA0qt4KGzIQQHe0*2BED86KteSMnk*3D%26reserved%3D0__%3BJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ!!GyOyJ9dp6TEiFg!sGm3tRs9lZB1_ywfa2VzidikuqdU5miwCIo_Yvb1K6_miWqbnMQT3aL_zKLWA2HS_Ig%24&> can earn a chance at a $500 scholarship.
* The deadline for the Strengthen Your College List<> scholarship is October 31, 2021. Students in the class of 2022 who create a balanced list by updating their college list on BigFuture<> with at least 3 reach colleges, 2 match colleges, and 1 safety college will earn a chance at a $500 scholarship.
* Also, please feel free to share the College Board Opportunity Scholarship<> flyer with parents.
Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy
On average, students who used Official SAT Practice for 6+ hours and demonstrated at least one of these best practices (following personalized practice recommendations, taking a full-length practice test, or leveling up their skills) scored an additional 39 points higher on the SAT than students who didn't use Official SAT Practice.

* How to Make the Most of Your Practice Time<>: Student -Facing Flyer: English
* How to Make the Most of Your Practice Time<>: Student-Facing Flyer: Spanish

Maureen LaRaviere
Senior Director, K-12

The College Board
C 202-779-3760<>


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