Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

Yavonnda Smith
Director of Curriculum & Instruction


 Yavonnda Smith

Welcome to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department for Urbana School District 116.  The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department’s primary focus is to support the achievement of the District’s Strategic Planning Beliefs, Mission, Objectives, and Strategies.

Mission: The mission of Urbana School District 116, a multi-cultural community committed to educational excellence, is to ensure that all learners acquire knowledge, develop skills, and build character to achieve personal greatness and help create a better global society, by providing innovative, comprehensive programs, respecting individual learning styles and cultural differences, and fostering caring and nurturing relationships, while engaging each student, every family and the entire community.

The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment directly supports and plays a significant role in the following strategies and initiatives related to the District’s Strategic Plan:

  • Development, alignment, and implementation of curriculum areas for Pre-K – grade 12
  • Planning and coordination of district-wide professional development and implementation of effective instructional practices
  • Planning and coordination of district-wide student and analysis of student achievement information
  • Planning and management of State and Federal grant programs including Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, Title V, Safe and Drug Free Schools, 21st Century
  • Other programs related to curriculum, instruction, assessment and student achievement.

If you have questions about this information, please contact your child’s teacher, your school’s principal or Yavonnda Smith, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, at 217-384-3579.


The curriculum identifies WHAT is taught in our classes. The Urbana School District #116 curriculum is based on the Illinois Learning Standards and is aligned with the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics, which were adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in June of 2010. The Standards help us identify what a student should know and be able to do by the end of Grade 12. Learn more about Urbana 116 Curriculum »


Instruction refers to HOW the curriculum is taught. Teachers strive to put students in active roles during learning activities. Examples include paraphrasing information, problem-solving, hands-on activities, writing activities and critical thinking. Lessons include direct experiences with concrete examples to help students connect their current knowledge with new knowledge. Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning and are supported to set and achieve personally challenging goals. Learn More about Urbana 116 Instruction »