Northwestern Education Center (NEC)’s curriculum and instruction
reflect the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Learning Standards
for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Our highly experienced
teachers will then design and develop a comprehensive and individualized
lesson plan, based on the IL state standards and goals and catering
to each student’s unique needs and strengths. The teachers
will also monitor each student’s progress by using curriculumbased
measurements (CBM) for an accurate snapshot of the student’s
academic achievement.
We employ researchproven, effective instructional strategies
and use high quality learning materials, carefully chosen to follow
the state’s learning standards and for the potential to engage
and motivate our students. We strive to engage each student in meaningful
learning experiences that will help him or her master the state
standards and achieve his or her personal goals.
English Language Arts
Reading
 Apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections
 Apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency
 Comprehend a broad range of reading materials
 Read and interpret a variety of literary works
 Understand how literary elements and techniques are used to convey
meaning
Writing
 Use correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization
and structure
 Communicate ideas in writing to accomplish a variety of purposes
 Compose wellorganized and coherent writing for specific purposes
and audiences
 Produce narrative, informative and persuasive writings for specified
purposes and audiences
 Demonstrate focus, organization, elaboration and integration
in written compositions
Listening and Speaking
 Listen attentively and demonstrate understanding of the listening
process by summarizing and paraphrasing spoken messages orally and
in written form
 Demonstrate the ability to identify and manage barriers to listening
 Demonstrate understanding of relationship between verbal and
nonverbal messages within a context
 Present oral reports and/or presentations, using language and
vocabulary appropriate to the message and audience
 Use speaking skills and procedures to participate in groupdiscussions
about a common topic
English Literature
 Create solutions to problems using thinking techniques (metaphors,
analogies, models, drawings, brainstorming and roleplaying)
 Recognize different purposes and methods of writing; identifies
a writer’s point of view, mood and tone
 Analyze logical relationships in arguments; detects fallacies
 Apply knowledge of literary terms to works of literature
 Write and speak critically about literature
Research /Technology Competency
 Locate, organize and use information from various sources to
answer questions, solve problems and communicate ideas
 Analyze and evaluate information acquired from various sources
 Apply acquired information, concepts and ideas to communicate
in a variety of formats
 Write letters, reports and stories based on acquired information
 Prepare or give oral presentations based on inquiry or research
Mathematics
Number Sense
 Demonstrate knowledge and use of numbers and their representations
in a broad range of theoretical and practical settings
 olve problems using operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication,
division) and order of operations
 Solve problems using ratios, proportions and percents
 Compute and estimate using mental mathematics, paperandpencil
methods, calculators and computers
Estimation and Measurement
 Measure and compare quantities using appropriate units, instruments
and methods
 Apply formulas in a variety of practical and theoretical applications
 Estimate measurements and determine acceptable levels of accuracy
 Evaluate and compare various possible methods of solving a problem
 Select and use appropriate technology, instruments, and formulas
to solve problems; interpret results and communicate findings
Algebra
 Describe numerical relationships using variables and patterns
 Interpret and describe numerical relationships using tables,
graphs and symbols
 Solve problems using systems of numbers and their properties
 Use algebraic concepts and procedures to represent and solve
problems
 Apply properties of numbers and their operations across a variety
of functions
Geometry
 Solve problems using trigonometric and circular functions
 Solve problems constructing mathematical proofs
 Demonstrate and apply geometric concepts involving points, lines,
planes and space
 Identify, describe, classify and compare relationships using
points, lines, planes and solids
 Analyze and solve problems using geometric figures
Data Analysis and Probability
 Organize, describe and make predictions from existing data
 Formulate questions and design data collection methods
 Gather and analyze data and findings
 Display data using various pictures, tallies, tables, charts
or graphs
 Discuss practical and theoretical meaning of data
SAT and ACT Preparation Courses
English
 Review and practice punctuation, grammar and usage, sentence
structure, and vocabulary
 Review perfect writing strategy, organization, and style; practice
essay writing
 Enhance reading comprehension skills
Mathematics
 PreAlgebra: Learn and review basic algebraic terms (e.g., prime
numbers, radicals and composites, exponents, rational and irrational
numbers, repeating and nonrepeating decimals) in preparation for
algebra
 Algebra 1 & 2: Learn and review all concepts of algebra (e.g.,
factoring polynomials, linear equations, complex numbers, quadratic
equations, inequalities, absolute value, circles and parabolas,
ellipse and hyperbola, composition of function, exponential functions,
logarithmic functions, systems of equations and linear inequalities,
geometric sequences and series, permutations and combinations, and
probability)
 Coordinate and Plane Geometry: Learn and review all concepts
of geometry, related to the coordinate system and/or dealing with
a plane (e.g., plotting ordered pairs and graphing points, lines,
line segments, rays and angles, as well as other geometric shapes)
 Trigonometry (ACT only): Learn and review concepts of trigonometry
relevant to the college entrance exams (study how sides and angles
of a triangle are related to each other through measurement of
triangles, circles, sine and cosine, frequency and amplitude,
tangents and other trigonometric concepts)
