Social Studies 6-8 Adoption 2015
Seattle Public Schools is beginning the process of evaluating instructional materials for the Middle School (6-8) Social Studies courses of Ancient World History, World History/Geography, and U.S. History. (Instructional materials for Washington State History remain current and will not be included in this adoption.)
The district seeks a diverse group of volunteers to serve on our adoption committee, comprising teachers, parents and community members. The committee's work will begin in March 2015. The timeline below provides information about key, pivotal steps in the adoption process as well as more information on the committee's work. If approved by the Seattle School Board, the new textbooks will be put into use during the 2015-2016 school year.
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Applications are due by 9 a.m. Feb. 25, 2015. See below for more information.
The ultimate goal of the adoption process is to select the best instructional materials available that are aligned to the Washington State Social Studies Standards and college and career readiness expectations. Additionally, the district’s commitment to cultural relevance and accessibility for teaching Special Education, English Language Learner (ELL) or Advanced Learning students will guide and inform the selection.
The instructional materials process will follow the Seattle Public Schools Selection & Adoption of Instructional Materials, Policy No. 2015.
Evaluation of Instruction Resources, Round 1
The adoption committee will review the content and skills standards for each course, establish review criteria for evaluation, consider public review comments, evaluate and rate each text submitted, and make a recommendation for a narrowed list of texts to move forward. The texts recommended will be examined further in Round 2 of the instructional materials evaluation process.
March 2: First Adoption Committee meeting
March 27-April 14: Adoption Committee reviews submitted instructional materials
April 16: Adoption Committee recommends final choices from Round 1
The public is invited to review and provide feedback on the submitted social studies instructional materials at the Seattle Public Schools Professional Library located at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (JSCEE) during regular business hours. Teachers, parents, guardians and community members will be invited to provide feedback on Round 1 materials during the window of time below. Review forms will be available at the JSCEE Professional Development Library during normal business hours.
March 27-April 15: Public review and comments on submitted materials
Evaluation of Instruction Resources, Round 2
The adoption committee will extensively evaluate the narrowed list of instructional materials selected to move on to Round 2. Additionally, committee members will seek additional input from colleagues and students, continue to review community input, and work toward consensus to recommend the best selection of social studies instructional materials for the for Ancient and World History/Geography (grades 6 and 7), and U.S. History (grade 8).
June 18: Adoption Committee submits final choice(s) to the Instructional Materials Committee for process approval
The public is invited to review and provide feedback on the narrowed list of social studies instructional materials on display at regional middle schools. Review forms will be available at the host middle school libraries during normal school hours.
May 22 - June 12: Regional public viewing of narrowed list of materials
The Instructional Materials Committee accepts the final social studies instructional material choice(s) submitted by the adoption committee for process approval and moves recommendation forward for Board Introduction and Action. Upon School Board approval, the instructional materials will be purchased and professional development for teachers will ensue.
Aug. 11: Curriculum and Instruction Committee of School Board review final choice for action by Board
Sept. 9: School Board introduction
Sept. 23: School Board action
Oct. 5 - Jan. 4: Professional Development for teachers
Adoption Committee Information
The district seeks an adoption committee that includes teachers, parent/guardians and community members that can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the instructional materials provided for review. The parents and community members on the committee should bring an open mind, a passion about student learning in social studies, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue and collaboration throughout the adoption process.
Tentative Committee Meeting Dates
March 2 from 4-7 p.m.
March 12, March 26, April 2 and April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Completed application forms should be submitted to Kathleen Vasquez, Literacy and Social Studies Program Manager, by 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail or fax applications to:
Seattle Public Schools
Attn: Kathleen Vasquez
PO Box 34156
Seattle, WA 98124-1165
Applicants will be notified by email, if possible, or by phone no later than Feb. 26.