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Curriculum and Instruction

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

Ankhe Bradley, Ed.D.

Director of Teaching & Learning

Tricia Nagel, Ed.D.

420 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet, IL 60435
P (815) 740-3196 | F (815) 740-5957
JFK administrative-center

Message from Ankhe Bradley, Ed.D.


Welcome to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction!

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.


Illinois Learning Standards by Grade Level

Downloadable PDF books for individual grade levels that have all Illinois Learning Standards