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For the fifth year in a row, the College Board named Lake Washington School District (LWSD) to its Annual AP District Honor Roll. LWSD is one of only 373 public school districts in the United States and Canada and one of four in Washington state to be honored. Lake Washington is one of two districts in the state to be a multi-year recipient of the AP Honor Roll Award.

At its December 3 meeting, Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 2259 to place a Capital Projects Levy on the April 23, 2019 ballot. This measure, if passed, authorizes a six-year levy totaling $120 million or an average of $20 million per year for six years. 

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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

    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 425-936-1316.

    Next IMC Meeting: January 10, 2019 Meeting Agenda

    2018-19 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.

    For the 2018-19 school year, the following committees are reviewing curricula.

    K-5 Science
    Elementary teachers, administrators, and community members will be using rubrics developed last year from current research on effective practice in elementary science instruction that is in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to evaluate possible curriculum materials. The committee will be reviewing and piloting materials this school year in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption in spring 2019.

    K-5 Science Curriculum Adoption Committee Members

    K-5 Science Curriculum Adoption Committee Meeting Agendas and Summaries

    10/4/18
    The committee members were joined today with some of our new K-5 NGSS Learning Cohort members to dive deeper into the Crosscutting Concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards. They reviewed a training module that they will be facilitating for their buildings. The committee had time to reflect on the needs of their building and tailor the training for each site. The goal of these building trainings is to increase understanding behind the instructional shifts behind NGSS as we go through the adoption process.

    9/27/18
    The committee members spent a full day evaluating and reviewing some of the 12 different curricula that are up for consideration. The members reviewed based on the "lens" of their rubric. The committee is working towards narrowing down the 12 curricula to the top choices for in depth review and potential field testing. They will continue this review process during the first semester.

    9/19/18
    Elementary teachers, administrators, and community members met to reconvene and review the adoption process and timeline for K-5 science curriculum materials. The committee divided into 5 subcommittees each responsible for one rubric that will be used to evaluate instructional materials this year. These rubrics/subcommittees are Assessment, Digital Resources, Effective Practice, Next Generations Science Standards Alignment, and Organization and Design. A recommendation for K-5 science curriculum materials is scheduled for spring of 2019.

    6-8 Middle School Social Emotional Learning
    Administrators, school counselors, and teachers will be examining OSPI Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks, current research on effective practice in schools for instruction, and alignment of the OSPI SEL Benchmarks. 

    The committee will pilot materials and develop screening tools for review of the materials in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption.

    6-8 Middle School Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Adoption Committee Meeting Agendas and Summaries

    11/8/18
    Committee members met to review social emotional pilot materials, using rubrics revised and modified by the group members. Three middle schools piloted materials in all grade levels and with multiple teachers. Using the curriculum evaluation rubrics, student input, and pilot teacher input, the committee recommended Character Strong for adoption. The adoption committee will put these materials through the Instructional Materials Committee (IMC) process. If approved by IMC, the materials will then be sent to the School Board for approval. Pending these approvals, the committee will continue to work on implementation plans.

    10/16/18
    Committee members met to learn about pilot implementation from each school participating. School teams shared about their particular implementation structure, considerations for full-implementation, and questions that might have surfaced during the pilot. Committee members reviewed and revised district rubrics for one final review prior to use in evaluating the curricula. A bank of student questions were developed and members narrowed down a selection of five critical questions to utilize in a survey to seek student input regarding impact of the social emotional learning pilot materials. 

    10/1/18
    A sub-group of administrators and counselors met to share brief overview notes on implementation. The sub-group created a series of questions for committee consideration regarding student input and best approaches to collect student input and feedback of pilot materials.

    8/21/18
    The committee members met to reconvene and review the adoption process and timeline for social emotional pilot materials. The committee reviewed benchmarks and identified school needs and structures for implementation. Committee members also spent time previewing and planning for pilot implementation.

    6-12 English Language Arts
    Updated 10/5/18: Information about this committee will be posted soon.

    Previous Curriculum Review and Adoption Committees

    2017-18 Curriculum Review and Adoption

    For the 2017-18 school year, the following committees are reviewing curricula.

    K-5 Science
    Elementary teachers, administrators, and parents will be examining current research on effective practice in elementary science instruction that is in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The committee will develop screening tools for reviewing and piloting materials in the 2018-19 school year in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption.

    K-5 Science Curriculum Adoption Committee Members

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    K-5 Science Curriculum Adoption Committee Meeting Agendas and Summaries

    10/30/17
    Elementary science teachers, administrators, and community members met to learn about the curriculum adoption process and timeline for K-5 science curriculum materials. The committee began learning about the Next Generation Science Standards. They will be learning more about the shifts called for in these new standards in order to develop alignment and effective practice rubrics. These rubrics will be used to evaluate instructional materials next year. A recommendation for K-5 science curriculum materials is scheduled for the spring of 2019.

    11/27/17
    On November 27, committee members continued learning about the Next Generation Science Standards by preparing to deliver the first of two modules in their buildings. One goal of the committee is to ensure teachers and administrators not on the committee are brought along in the learning process in preparation for upcoming changes in standards and curriculum.

    01/29/18
    Committee members spent a full day diving deeper into the Next Generation Science Standards with a focus on vision and shifts, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts. Committee members also reviewed feedback from the first building module in order to make recommendations for content and strategies to include in the second module.

    03/14/18
    The committee continued to engage in deep learning of the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on two of the Science and Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models and Constructing Explanations. Time was spent reflecting on shifts in instructional practice and how teachers can begin implementing some of these changes prior to the arrival of new instructional materials in the 2019-2020 school year.

    04/09/18
    The committee spent a full release day engaged in learning about Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) practices in order to better understand the shifts required by the Next Generation Science Standards. This learning was facilitated by Dr. Kat Laxton, a member of the AST research group at the University of Washington. This session was focused on supporting students in developing model-based explanations, the importance of student discourse, and planning for engagement. The committee reflected on the implications for professional learning and evaluating instructional materials during the 2018-19 school year.

    05/01/18
    The committee spent a second full day with Dr. Kat Laxton experiencing NGSS shifts with a student and teacher lens. Committee members participated in a series of classroom activities to reflect on strategies that elicit student ideas and support ongoing sense-making of science ideas. Following these activities, committee members engaged in revising models and developing evidence-based explanations. The meeting ended with reflective conversations about the role of teacher and student and the qualities of curriculum materials that will best support NGSS-aligned instruction.

    05/21/18
    At this final meeting of the 2017-18 school year, committee members applied their learning of the NGSS to refine screening tools for use in evaluating curriculum materials. This refinement included a review of the PEEC and EQuIP tools published by Achieve. The committee will use five rubrics to assess curriculum programs beginning Fall 2018: Standards Alignment, Effective Practice, Assessment, Digital Resources, and Organization and Design. Committee members also spent time discussing and providing recommendations for future professional learning at various levels of the system, including training for teachers and administrators.

    K-12 Sexual Health Standards Alignment
    In 2016, OSPI adopted new Health and Physical Education Learning Standards, including the Sexual Health Standard. Our current K-12 Sexual Health curriculum is based on the old standards and needs to be aligned and updated. This work will be done by a K-12 Sexual Health Education Committee that is composed of district teachers, principals, school and district administrators, parents and community members. The committee will review district and state standards and make recommendations as they pertain to aligning curriculum and best instructional practices in LWSD with the new standards.

    K-12 Sexual Health Education Committee Members
    K-12 Sexual Health Proposed Standards: 4th Grade | 5th Grade | Middle School | High School

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    2016-17 Curriculum Review and Adoption

    For the 2016-17 school year, the following committees are reviewing curricula.

    High School Math
    High school teachers, administrators, and parents will be reviewing instructional materials for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for the Instructional Materials Committee this spring. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board.

    K-5 Visual Arts
    The K-5 Visual Arts Committee is composed of elementary teachers, school and district administrators, and parent art docents. Over the past two years the committee reviewed effective practice research in visual arts instruction and conducted a comprehensive analysis of visual arts programs in our elementary schools. Last spring the committee recommended a 2016-17 field test of Deep Space Sparkle: Art School for Kids. This year, committee members will participate in the field test, align lessons to National Core Arts Standards, and make recommendations about visual arts in the context of our overall elementary curriculum and assessment framework. Final implementation recommendations will be made by spring of 2017.

    2015-16 Curriculum Review and Adoption

    For the 2015-16 school year, four different committees reviewed curricula.

    High School Math
    A committee composed of high school teachers, administrators, and parents is meeting this year review state math standards and best instructional practices for high school math. They will be using this learning to develop alignment and best practice checklists (rubrics) that will be used to review materials next year. A recommendation for 9-12 math materials is scheduled for the spring of 2016.

    6-8 Science
    Middle school teachers, administrators, parents, and community members will be reviewing instructional materials for middle school science. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on April 14, 2016. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board on May 2, 2016.

    6-8 Science Adoption Committee Members
    6-8 Science Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

    6-8 Math
    Middle school teachers, administrators, parents, and community members will be reviewing instructional materials for middle school math. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on May 4, 2016. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board on June 6, 2016.

    6-8 Math Adoption Committee Members
    6-8 Math Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

    K-5 Visual Arts
    The K-5 Visual Arts Committee is composed of elementary teachers, school and district administrators, parents, and community members. Three of the parents on the committee have served as art docents in our elementary schools. This year, committee members will review instructional materials and make recommendations about visual arts in the context of our overall curriculum and assessment framework. Final recommendations will be made in the spring of 2016.

    K-5 Visual Arts Adoption Committee Members
    K-5 Visual Arts Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

    2014-15 Curriculum Review and Adoption

    For the 2014-15 school year, four different committees are reviewing curricula.

    9-12 Science
    High school science teachers, administrators, parents, and community members will be reviewing instructional materials in the areas of physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on May 7, 2015. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board.

    9-12 Science Adoption Committee Members
    9-12 Science Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

    6-8 Science
    A committee composed of middle school science teachers, administrators, and parents is meeting this year to learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards and best instructional practices for 6-8 science. They will be using this learning to develop alignment and best practice checklists (rubrics) that will be used to review science materials next year. A recommendation for 6-8 science materials is scheduled for the spring of 2016.

    6-8 Science Adoption Committee Members
    6-8 Science Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

    6-8 Math
    A committee composed of middle school teachers, administrators, parents, and community members is meeting this year to learn about Washington State Mathematics Standards and best instructional practice for 6-8 math. They will be using this learning to develop best practice checklists (rubrics) that will be used to review math materials next year. A recommendation for 6-8 math materials is scheduled for the spring of 2016.

    6-8 Math Adoption Committee Members
    6-8 Math Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries
    6-8 Math Adoption Committee: Best Practice Resources

    K-5 Visual Arts
    The K-5 Visual Arts Committee is composed of elementary teachers, school and district administrators, parents, and community members. Three of the parents on the committee have served as art docents in our elementary schools. This year, committee members will conduct a comprehensive review of our K-5 visual arts program and will make recommendations about visual arts in the context of our curriculum and assessment framework. The committee will make recommendations in the spring of 2015.

    K-5 Visual Arts Committee Members
    K-5 Visual Arts Committee Meeting Summaries