The District 65 Curriculum & Instruction Department has compiled a list of helpful resources for families in supporting their child in school. More resources will continue to be added to this page throughout the school year. If you have questions about any of this information, please contact your child's teacher.
IStation Reading for our EL students
ISIP™ Reading (Istation’s assessment for pre-K through 8th grade) and Istation Reading (instruction for pre-K through 8th grade) measure and instruct in skills most predictive of reading success:
- Listening Comprehension
- Letter Knowledge
- Phonological/Phonemic Awareness
- Alphabetic Decoding
- Self-Selected Reading
- Word Analysis
- Reading Fluency
- Alphabet and Alphabetic Principle
- Written Response to Reading Selections
Readers are assessed in approximately 30 minutes with an engaging computer-adaptive assessment. Based on their results, learners are seamlessly placed in interactive online instruction. Struggling students are routed through reteach lessons, and teachers are given instant reports to monitor student progress. Each Priority Report directs teachers to specific skills-based, small-group lessons for targeted reading intervention.
Social-Emotional/Equity Learning (SEEL)
Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade attend SEEL class once a week. SEEL addresses a priority of District 65 to equip our children to be empathetic and kind global citizens who will impact the world in a positive way. The SEEL curriculum was created by a team of teachers and social workers, and incorporates materials from Second Step Social Emotional Learning, interwoven with lessons from additional social justice-oriented sources.
The Second Step Social-Emotional Learning program teaches skills in the following six areas:
- Skills for Learning
- Emotion Management
- Bullying Prevention
- Child Protection
Additional SEEL curriculum has been developed for grades 2, 3, and 5 that can be used by the classroom teacher throughout the school day. They build on the competencies above with additional focus on social justice and mindfulness.