Curriculum Corner

Weekly Update 06/07-06/11

Letter from MEB

Happy ALMOST summer!

The link to sign up for open gyms is below!

Enjoy your well-deserved summer break!


OPEN GYM SIGN UP FOR 06/15 & 06/17

Please use the links below to sign up for upcoming open gyms. You will need to sign up for AM and PM if you plan to stay all day.

Tuesday 6/15 9AM-12PM

Tuesday 6/15 12PM-3PM

Thursday 6/17 9AM-12PM

Thursday 6/17 12PM-3PM

Thank you!

KIDS: Professional Development Calendar

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is an observational tool designed to help teachers, administrators, families and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten.

At this time, KIDS trainings are being offered virtually. Use the link below to view their calendar of virtual offerings. Thank you!

Google Presents: The Anywhere School 2021

Please join us for The Anywhere School 2021, a free online event from Google for Education, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 2-3:15 p.m. CST. During the event, you’ll:

· Hear from education leaders, IT experts, and teachers from across the globe about the impact of digitization on learners.

· Explore ways to increase educational equity and accessibility as we rebuild and help learners who have fallen behind.

· Get a sneak peek at new products designed to increase student engagement and virtual classroom safety.

· Learn how Google provides your school community with a safe, private learning environment.

Whether your students are back at school in person, still learning remotely, or a hybrid of the two, The Anywhere School 2021 will give you the tools to need to prepare for the future of learning — now.

Education has entered a new normal. Let’s make it a better one.

Register today to attend live or on your own schedule.

Register Here

Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources

TPS Midwest Region

Summer 2021 Professional Development Schedule

Gain knowledge and skills needed to utilize digital primary sources from the Library of Congress website, create activities and lessons that facilitate the Common Core Standards, and engage students in active learning while developing critical thinking skills and constructing knowledge. This course is self-paced and can be taken for professional development hours.

The workshops require two online Zoom meetings with lessons and activities to be completed online on your own.

  • The Fundamentals of Primary Source Instruction – requires online Zoom meetings on Tuesday, June 8 (10:00-11:30) and Tuesday, July 27 (10:00 - 11:30) Central Time.

  • *Advanced Primary Source Instruction -requires online Zoom meetings on Thursday, June 10 (10:00 – 11:30) and Thursday, July 29 (10:00 - 11:30) Central Time

*Please note you must complete “The Fundamentals of Primary Source Instruction” workshop before registering for “Advanced Primary Source Instruction”.

Click the link to register:

For more information email Judy Bee,


If you are piloting Eureka math next year, make sure to check out this presentation for a lot of information.


The Standards call for a greater focus in mathematics. Rather than racing to cover topics in a mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum, the Standards require us to significantly narrow and deepen the way time and energy is spent in the math classroom. We focus deeply on the major work of each grade so that students can gain strong foundations: solid conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.

Students should spend the large majority of their time on the major work of the grade. Supporting work and, where appropriate, additional work can engage students in the major work of the grade. Emphases are given at the cluster level. Refer to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for the specific standards that fall within each cluster.


Hello Special Education Department!

The long awaited Summer Open Gym schedule has arrived! Open Gyms will be in-person and have limited availability. Please use the link to secure your spot! Some things that are appropriate for you to work on during Open Gyms include:

  • curricular work
  • IEP data review and aligning interventions
  • creating classroom materials-including visual schedules, data collection methods, IEP goal activities

See you at the JB!



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.

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.

Second Step

June 10 @ 1:00 p.m.

Strengthen Your School Community with Second Step® SEL for Adults

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.

For additional opportunities: