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Social Studies 6-8 Adoption 2015

Seattle Public Schools is 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 reached out in February 2015 to find volunteers to serve on our adoption committee, comprising teachers, parents and community members. The committee's work began in March 2015, and Round 1 of the public materials review ended April 15. Click HERE to view the list of finalists. These texts will be available for review at locations TBD soon. 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.

Adoption Process 

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. Click HERE to read the minutes. Adoption Committee created a survey to share with community and teaching staff. Community survey data may be found HERE; teacher data HERE.
March 12: Second Adoption Committee meeting. Click HERE to read the minutes.
March 26: 
Third Adoption Commitee meeting. Click HERE to read the minutes.
April 2Fourth Adoption Commitee meeting. Click HERE to read the minutes.
April 9: Fifth Adoption Commitee meeting. Click HERE to read the minutes.

March 27-April 15: Adoption Committee reviews submitted instructional materials
April 16: Adoption Committee recommends final choices from Round 1
 
Review Process
March 30-April 15: Public review and comments on submitted materials.
Seattle Public Schools invited all families, staff and community members to review instructional materials under consideration for use in middle school social studies. This was the first of two rounds of review. Input helped the Middle School Social Studies Adoption Committee narrow materials for the second review round to THIS LIST.

Materials were reviewed in two ways:

  1. Visit the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence during normal business hours to view the materials in person and fill out a feedback form.
  2. Access the materials online. Our four vendors offered instructions for viewing their materials online, and online surveys collected feedback.

NOTE: The Instructional Materials Adoption Committee developed criteria for review based on Seattle School Board Policy 2015, OSPI Evaluation of Bias Content in Instructional Materials, Washington State Content Standards, Common Core State Standards for Reading and Writing in History, and the College, Career, & Civic Life Instructional Framework. Read the criteria HERE.

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).

The public will be 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.
June: Regional public viewing of narrowed list of materials
   
June 18:
Adoption Committee submits final choice(s) to the Instructional Materials Committee for process approval.

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 adoption committee 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 have been asked to 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.

Committee Members

  • Ruthann Allen, Middle School Social Studies, Advanced Learning, Eckstein 
  • Bonnie Anderson, Middle School Social Studies , SpEd, ELL, Hamilton International
  • Kevin Baker, M.Ed, PTA, African American Male Think Tank, Community
  • Barbara Beers, Middle School Social Studies, SpEd, ELL, Advanced Learning, Whitman
  • Erin Belka, Middle School Social Studies, SpEd, ELL, Advanced Learning, Washington
  • Devin Branson, Middle School Social Studies, Aki
  • Maggie Branson, Middle School Social Studies, Aki
  • Shana Brown, Middle School Social Studies, Advanced Learning, Broadview-Thomson K-8
  • Deneen Evans, Middle School Social Studies, Advanced Learning, Eckstein
  • Katlin Hayes, Middle School Social Studies, SpEd, Salmon-Bay 
  • Gail Herman, JAMS PTSA Steering Committee, District Task Forces (Capacity and Demographics, Advanced Learning Program, HC Services Advisory), Parent JAMS/APP@Lincoln
  • Savannah Holman, Middle School Social Studies, Jane Addams Middle
  • Jonathan Hughes, Middle School Social Studies, Madrona K-8
  • Rena Konomis, Parent/Community, Harambee Cultural Society, Parent/Orca K-8
  • Mike Kreiger, Middle School Social Studies, Aki
  • Laura Lehni, Middle School Social Studies, SpEd, Advanced Learning, Washington
  • S. Morgan MacDonald, Middle School Librarian, Middle School Social Studies, HCC, Hamilton International
  • Janine Madaffari, 6-12 Curriculum Specialist, Advanced Learning, JSCEE
  • Ellen Nevitt, Middle School Social Studies, High School Social Studies, SpEd, ELL, Advanced Learning, Eckstein
  • Christopher Quigley, Middle School Social Studies, South Shore K-8
  • Patrice Robinson, Registrar/Parent, Jane Addams Middle School
  • Rob Rose-Leigh, Middle School Social Studies, SpEd, ELL, Washington Middle
  • Keri Rotton, Middle School Social Studies, ELL, Hazel Wolf K-8
  • Ann Swiftney, Assistant Principal, Middle School Social Studies, Advanced Learning, Madison
  • Elizabeth Urmenita, ELL & International Programs, SpEd, ELL, JSCEE
  • Hilary Workman, Middle School Social Studies, Advanced Learning, Madison
  • John Zilavy, B.A. History, Teaching/volunteer experience abroad, Legal Director for Futurewise, Parent/Washington

Contact information:
Kathleen Vasquez, Literacy and Social Studies Program Manager kavasquez@seattleschools.org

Contact

Kathleen Vasquez
Literacy and Social Studies Program Manager


Document links

Materials finalists

Meeting notes

Survey data

Adoption Committee Applications

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