Curriculum Corner

Weekly Update 03/01-03/05

Letter from MEB

Happy Wednesday!

More sunny and warm days…how great is this!

Enjoy the weather and the smore!


Open Middle

Open Middle Math creates word problems that are written at a DOK level 2 and 3. The website has split up problems by each standard for each grade level. These would be great for exit tickets and/or small group centers on a specific standard. Make sure to check it out.

Also, they have already begun putting some problems into Google slides as well. These problems are set up to be interactive 🙂

Student Engagement

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


Hello Special Education Staff!

It was another great month of PD. Your own Jennifer White guest starred in PD this month. Thanks, Jen! We are forging ahead with new PD for March and April, including self-paced options.

Keep up the good work!


Second Step

March 4 at 1:00 p.m.

Middle School: Empowered with Skills for Life


March 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Out-of-School Time: A Time to Thrive Together


March 11 at 1:00 p.m.

The Newly Expanded Second Step® Family of Programs: SEL for Kids, for Adults, for Everywhere!


New Content and login info for WebPD

Below is a video for you to share with principals to share with their staff about new content on WebPD in hopes to boost usage. There is also info below the video for teachers in case they haven’t logged in this year. We can continue to guide them and recommend videos during our sessions with the teachers, as well. Let me know how else I can support you!



Bridget Longmeier | Remote Coach

Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.

Phone: 888-376-0448 | Fax: 888-376-0489

Danville WebPD - new content and log in information

Accessing webPD is easy!

1. Set your password. Your name and email address are already loaded into the webPD portal. All you have to do is complete the password reset process.

Click here to set your password.

2. Once you have set your new password, sign into the Smekens Access site.

3. After you have signed in, click on the “webPD Video Subscription” link at the top of the page. Here you will find all of the videos that are included in the subscription.

After you have finished viewing a video, a completion certificate will automatically be added to your account, and will be accessible under the “My Dashboard” link.

Workshops | Video Subscription | Bookstore

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!

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! 😊

AVID Weekly Articles

Have you been looking for reliable supplemental lessons that are ready to post to your Google classroom? AVID Weekly has some amazing resources. If you haven’t used AVID weekly in the past, it is a collection of articles with lessons and AVID strategies built in. The great news is that AVID has now converted all of the articles to Google Docs that can be copied and shared in your Google classroom with just a few clicks. Below is how you can access the articles!

Here you can find a secondary example:

Lesson plan below

llinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education is proud to announce a new program to increase mental health supports for Illinois students and educators. Click here for more info.

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.