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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. 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.
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 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, HCC (Spectrum), 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, HCC, Whitman
  • Erin Belka, Middle School Social Studies, Sped, ELL, HCC, Washington
  • Devin Branson, Middle School Social Studies, Aki
  • Maggie Branson, Middle School Social Studies, Aki
  • Shana Brown, Middle School Social Studies, Broadview-Thomson K-8
  • Deneen Evans, Middle School Social Studies, HCC, 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, HCC Services Advisory), Parent JAMS/APP@Lincoln
  • Savannah Holman, Middle School Social Studies, Jane Addams K-8
  • 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, HCC, Aki
  • Laura Lehni, Middle School Social Studies, Sped, HCC, Washington
  • S. Morgan MacDonald, Middle School Librarian, Middle School Social Studies, HCC, Hamilton International
  • Janine Madaffari, 6-12 Curriculum Specialist, HCC, JSCEE
  • Ellen Nevitt, Middle School Social Studies, High School Social Studies, Sped, ELL, HCC, Eckstein
  • Christopher Quigley, Middle School Social Studies, South Shore K-8
  • Keri Rotton, Middle School Social Studies, ELL, Hazel Wolf K-8
  • Ann Swiftney, Assistant Principal, Middle School Social Studies, HCC, Madison
  • Elizabeth Urmenita, ELL & International Programs, Sped, ELL, JSCEE
  • Hilary Workman, Middle School Social Studies, HCC, 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

Meeting minutes

Survey data

Adoption Committee Applications

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