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Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!

One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from Character.org, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.

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    Curriculum Review and Adoption

    Determining which curriculum will be taught to our students includes an adoption process whereby:

    • An adoption committee consisting of a diverse group of parents, community members, administrators and teachers with subject matter expertise is formed
    • Standards are reviewed by the adoption committee
    • Screening criteria are created by the adoption committee
    • Curriculum materials are reviewed by the adoption committee
    • A recommendation for curriculum materials is made by the adoption committee
    • A public review of the adoption committee's recommendation is conducted
    • The Instructional Materials Committee reviews the materials recommended by the adoption committee and makes a recommendation to the Board
    • The Lake Washington School District Board takes action on the recommendation

    The adoption process is on a timeline. Curriculum by subject-area is reviewed every 8-10 years. Updates from the curriculum adoption committees are below.

    The current list of adopted curriculum is revised yearly: Elementary | Secondary

    Curriculum adoption resources available to review

    Instructional Materials Committee (IMC)

    The Instructional Materials Committee recommends instructional materials to the board of directors, which must vote to adopt specific curriculum for the district.

    The list of materials to be reviewed at IMC meetings is posted here. If you have questions, comments or wish to appeal any of the materials, contact the Curriculum Office at 425-936-1327.

    2021-22 IMC Meetings

    Curriculum Review and Adoption

    Each year, Lake Washington School District forms committees to review curriculum and make recommendations for curriculum materials. The district’s goal is to provide the most up-to-date, research-based, and appropriate materials for children. Teams composed of people with teaching and subject-matter expertise help meet this goal. It is also important to have diverse perspectives and experiences represented. In addition to having teachers and administrators on our committees, parents and community members are included.

    2021-22 meetings

    6-12 Social Studies 
    A 6-12 Social Studies Committee composed of middle and high school teachers, administrators, parent/community members, and department specialists convened for their first year to learn about current effective practices that support high levels of student learning in the Washington State Social Studies Standards. The committee will develop and refine criteria to review and make recommendations for piloting curriculum materials next year.

    6-12 Social Studies committee members

    8-12 French
    An 8-12 French Language Committee composed of middle and high school teachers, administrators, parent/community members, students and department specialists convened to build on the work of the 2020-21 World Languages Adoption Committee and continue to learn about current effective practices that support high levels of student learning in the Washington State World Language Standards. The committee will develop and refine criteria to review and make recommendations for piloting curriculum materials this year, with the ultimate goal of making a recommendation in Spring 2022 to the School Board regarding new resources to adopt for French courses.

    8-12 French committee members
     

    AP Biology 
    An AP Biology Committee composed of a diverse group including: the majority of the AP Biology teachers, students, community members, and department specialists, convened for one school year to learn about current effective practices that support high levels of student learning in AP Biology. The committee developed and refined criteria to review and make recommendations for piloting curriculum materials. Currently most of the AP Biology teachers are piloting the recommended materials, with a goal of making a recommendation in the spring, for adoption in the fall of 2022.

    AP Biology committee members

    Previous Curriculum Review and Adoption Committees