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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.

    2019-20 IMC Meeting Schedule

    2019-20 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.

    6-12 English Language Arts
    A 6-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Committee composed of middle and high school teachers, administrators, parent/community members, and department specialists convened for a second year to learn more about current effective practices and 21st century skills that support high levels of student learning in the Common Core State Standards for 6-12 English Language Arts. The Committee will develop screening tools to review and make recommendations for piloting curriculum materials in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption.

    6-12 ELA Curriculum Adoption Committee Members

    6-12 ELA Curriculum Review and Adoption Committee Meeting Agendas and Summaries

    11/22/2019
    Middle and high school teachers, administrators, specialists and community members from the 6-12 ELA Adoption Committee met to review considerations for curricula recommendations which include, but not limited to,  sustainability of materials and learning, cost, resource management, warehouse capabilities, digital considerations, ability to integrate into content areas as necessary, and implementation.  Committee members continued to review the potential curricula utilizing the committee-developed and refined rubrics.  

    9/16/2019
    The 6-12 ELA Adoption Committee reconvened for the first meeting of Year 2.  Committee members reviewed the proposed timeframe for the Adoption Committee work in the 2019-2020 school year.  Members began work in small groups to review ELA curricula materials collected over the summer for review.  The materials collected are a mix of traditional publisher materials, Open Educational Resources, blended learning and online only resources.  Each committee member was assigned a rubric group to focus their evaluation and review of materials based upon one of the rubric areas:  Digital Resources, Assessment, Effective Practice, Standards Alignment or Organization and Design.  
     

    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.

    Previous Curriculum Review and Adoption Committees

    2018-19 Curriculum Review and Adoption

    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

    4/2/19
    The Adoption Committee began this meeting reorienting themselves with the original committee purpose, interests, and important criteria in curricula that were established 2 years ago, but revisited frequently throughout the adoption process. The committee members spent a significant amount of time analyzing and discussing different categories that aligned with our purpose, interests, and important criteria: the original rubrics, the survey and feedback data, opportunities for professional learning, ability to integrate into other subject areas, alignment with effective teaching strategies, and others. In all, the committee members had twelve different criteria areas in which they individually weighed Amplify Science and Building Blocks of Science 3D.  After discussing a criteria, such as NGSS Alignment, committee members voted on their preference of either Amplify or Building Blocks regarding their performance for that criteria, and then the group would move on to the next criteria. After discussing all twelve areas, the results were posted in the room so there was a visual representation to reflect on before the final voting.

    After over two hours of discussion, questions, and clarification; a motion was made to recommend Amplify Science for adoption at the elementary level in Lake Washington School District. The adoption committee voted and, as there were no dissenting votes, Amplify Science will proceed to the next steps of the adoption process for the district. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on May 2, 2019. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board on May 6, 2019.

    4/1/19
    For the round two debrief, the K-5 Science Adoption Committee were again joined by the K-5 NGSS Learning Cohort teachers who are also field testing the curricula. To comparatively evaluate the two programs, the pilot teachers went through the same protocols as the round one debrief on March 12th as they discussed the positive elements and challenges they had experienced with the curriculum they field tested in round two. They once again considered these positives and challenges as they aligned to the original evaluative rubrics, as well as outlined the trends the round two teachers experienced regarding the positives, challenges, and implementation considerations for each curriculum.  The committee will analyze the information gathered at these debrief sessions, as well as other collected evidence, to make their final recommendation about the adoption of materials, which is scheduled for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on May 2, 2019. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board on May 6, 2019.

    3/12/19
    To debrief round one of the pilot process, the K-5 Science Adoption Committee were joined by the K-5 NGSS Learning Cohort teachers who are also piloting the two recommended programs. The pilot teachers discussed the positive elements and challenges they had experienced with the curriculum they field tested in round one of our pilot timeline. They then considered these positives and challenges as they aligned to the original evaluative rubrics. The pilot teachers outlined the trends the round one teachers experienced regarding the positives, challenges, and implementation considerations for each curriculum. The teachers will transition to the second curriculum for round two and will continue field testing until the end of March 2019.

    1/15/19
    The K-5 Science Adoption Committee were joined by the K-5 NGSS Learning Cohort teachers, who will also be piloting, to learn about the two recommended programs. The teachers received just under one and a half hours of orientation and introduction to the Amplify Science curriculum as taught by the company representative. After a question session and a break, the pilot teachers then received just under one and a half hours of orientation and introduction to the Building Blocks of Science 3D curriculum as taught by the company representatives. The teachers also revisited their previously created pilot team agreements to recalibrate around the process and review the expectations of the pilot.

    The two programs will be piloted between January and March. Throughout the pilot period, the committee will consider how the different programs operate in a daily classroom environment for both teachers and students as well as how they effectively shift instruction towards the Next Generation Science Standards. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on May 2, 2019. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board on May 6, 2019.

    11/26/18
    Committee members continued evaluating curriculum to narrow options to two curricula to be piloted in the spring. A guest panel of Directors provided further information to help evaluate the curricula and effectively plan for piloting. Gloria Henderson, Director of Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion, Shannon Hitch, Director of Special Services, Heather Sanchez, Director of Accelerated Programs, Choice and Innovation, Kelly Pease, Director of Intervention Services, and Nichole Rodriguez, Elementary ELL Specialist, provided their expertise on pedagogy, strategies and resources to consider when choosing and implementing new curriculum to ensure all students’ needs are met. 

    Committee members reviewed the top four choices using the additional indicators of support outlined by the panel. Through a formal decision/voting process, they determined that Building Blocks of Science and Amplify Science were the strongest curricula available and best suited to meet our students’ needs and moved the two forward for field testing. The curricula will be piloted by the K-5 Adoption Committee members, as well as the NGSS Learning Cohort members who choose to do so.

    11/19/18
    The committee members continued their evaluation and review of the twelve different curricula using the indicators of their assigned rubric. Based on the established voting protocol (motions with 80% in favor are approved), committee members motioned and voted to eliminate eight of the twelve curricula from consideration. The top four curricula will be given a more in depth, comprehensive review in the next meeting.

    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.

    6-12 English Language Arts
    A 6-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Committee composed of middle and high school teachers, administrators, parent/community members, and department specialists convened for a second year to learn more about current effective practices and 21st century skills that support high levels of student learning in the Common Core State Standards for 6-12 English Language Arts. The Committee will develop screening tools to review and make recommendations for piloting curriculum materials in 2019-20 in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption.

    6-12 ELA Curriculum Adoption Committee Members

    6-12 ELA Curriculum Adoption Committee Meeting Agendas and Summaries

    5/31/19
    Middle and high school teachers, administrators, specialists and community members from the 6-12 ELA Adoption Committee met for a final full-day meeting in the 2018-2019 school year. During this meeting, committee members finalized five rubrics in the areas of Assessment, Digital Resources, Effective Practice, Standards Alignment and Organization and Design. The committee also planned for long term outcomes we hope will support student learning. The draft outcomes focus on goals and what supports and needs will need to be in place to reach the projected adoption outcomes and positively impact student learning. The committee read and discussed an article about teacher leadership and how it applies to the work of the adoption committee.  

    4/23/19
    During this evening meeting, 6-12 ELA Adoption Committee members previewed the timeline overview of the 2019-2020 adoption process as the work continues into year 2. Committee members revised five rubrics in the areas of Assessment, Digital Resources, Effective Practice, Standards Alignment and Organization and Design. Committee members also reviewed the initial list of potential curriculum for review when the committee reconvenes in the 2019-2020 school year.  

    3/21/19
    This full day training for the Adoption Committee was facilitated Aira Jackson, ELA Director at OPSI and Barbara Soots, OER and Instructional Materials Manager. Participants received additional training and orientation on Open Ended Resources (OER) which described the options and considerations of using these potential curriculum materials, the most current and widely used English Language Arts curricula and recommended tips and resources for accessing this repository. The Adoption Committee learned to use two state-recommended instructional materials rubrics designed to evaluate high quality English Language Arts curricula called the IMET (Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool) and EQuIP (Evaluating Quality Instructional Products). These rubrics will provide a helpful resource when the committee begins to select potential English Language Arts curricula to pilot.  Participants practiced using the rubrics while reviewing OER materials. The day ended with discussion to better understanding the ability to have consensus in the adoption and selection process as well as strategies for implementing a new curriculum. 

    1/29/19
    Committee members began an initial investigation into current English Language Arts curricula available for future consideration. Participants used EdReports, an organization that evaluates and rates K-12 instructional material, to browse reviewed curricula. Participants were given time to learn about current and highly rated 6-12 English Language Arts curricula.  In addition, committee members received an orientation to Open Ended Resources (OER) which is a repository of free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.  

    1/8/19
    Adoption Committee members spent the morning engaged in training with Equity Matters to help deepen understanding of equity, race and inclusion as it relates to the English Language Arts adoption and curriculum selection process. In the afternoon, school learning communities analyzed district and school achievement data in English Language Arts.  Schools identified data trends and questions for further analysis and discussion.  This purpose was to help inform areas of strength of the students in Lake Washington School District as well as areas of consideration for curriculum materials and instruction.

    11/28/18
    Middle and high school teachers, administrators and department specialists were joined by OSPI ELA Specialists to further develop the committee’s collective interests and provide additional considerations for a new English Language Arts curriculum. The ELA specialists also provided a review of facets of the Common Core State Standards and provided additional information on possible resources.

    11/8/18
    Middle and high school teachers, administrators and department specialists met on Nov. 8th. At this first meeting, committee members were provided with an overview of the curriculum adoption process, including the timeline for the work of the committee over the next two years. The group identified specific interests in considering new English Language Arts materials. They will be using this learning to revise district adoption materials rubrics to align with current effective instructional practices. These revised rubrics will be used to evaluate potential curriculum materials next year and determine pilot materials and results. A recommendation for 6-12 ELA materials is scheduled for the spring of 2019.

    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