Joliet Public Schools | District 86


Curriculum and Instruction


Elizabeth A. Yacobi, Ed.D.,
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

420 N. Raynor Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435

Phone: (815) 740-3196
Fax: (815) 740-5957

District Office

Curriculum & Instruction





Welcome to the Joliet Public Schools District 86 Curriculum Department!

Well-designed curriculum and sound instruction are the hallmarks of a high-quality education.  Much of the work of the Curriculum and Instruction Team addresses the need to tailor both curriculum and instruction for diverse student learners.  Program Coordinators, administrators and teachers collaborate regularly to build curriculum resources that will address the needs of each individual student as we work to achieve our goal of Success For All Students.

Please learn more about each curricular content area by clicking on the links on this page.  In addition to these curricular areas, below is more information regarding various aspects of the Curriculum and Instruction Department:


Assessment is an important piece to the vertical and horizontal curricular alignment that is taking place in the district.  The Joliet Public Schools District 86 utilizes a combination of authentic, formative, summative, and standardized assessments to monitor student success. Administrators and teachers within our schools are able to disaggregate assessment data to improve programs and instruction.

Character Education

The character education program in the Joliet Public Schools District 86 is a comprehensive program designed in compliance with the state standards.  Our focus is create an environment that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share.  

English Language Learners

The Joliet Public Schools District 86 offers two research-based instructional program models designed to support our students’ attainment of social and academic English language proficiency.  Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) and Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI) services are provided to English Language Learners (ELL) in grades K-8 whose native language is not English.  We use the six language levels of English language proficiency as identified by the State of Illinois to help guide placement and instruction in the ELL program.



Hufford Students Present Holocaust Program

Hufford eighth grade students honored the victims of the Holocaust.


Thompson Hosts Art Exhibit

Thompson students recently showcased their artwork at the MENTA Group Art Exhibit.




School Improvement Day - No PM Class for Students
Event's details
April 22, 2015

All Day Event

School Improvement Day - No PM Class for Students
(All Day Event)



Preschool Screening
Event's details
April 27, 2015

All Day Event

Preschool Screening
(All Day Event)



Children for Peace Extravaganza
Event's details
April 29, 2015

All Day Event
Location: Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet, IL -IL

Children for Peace Celebrating Achievement Through the Arts at the Rialto Square Theatre.
(All Day Event)

Welcome to Joliet Public Schools District 86

Our schools, as partners with our children's parents and with the community, will create a safe and positive environment in which all students will learn and develop to their greatest potential. All students will be empowered to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and caring members of their communities.

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