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Redmond, Wash. – At a live event on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, announced Pathway Forward, LWSD’s plan to return students to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

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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 425-936-1327.

    2020-21 IMC Meetings

    2020-21 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 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
     

    6-12 World Language
    A 6-12 World Language Committee composed of middle and high school teachers, administrators, parent/community members, students 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 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 2021 to the School Board regarding new resources to adopt for Spanish and Japanese courses.

    6-12 World Language committee members

    9-12 English Language Arts

    In 2019-20 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.

    The process was paused for grades 9-12 in March 2020 due to the pause of in-person instruction. In 2020-21 the process continues for High School - grades 9-12 ELA adoption.

    K-5 Math

    A K-5 Math Adoption Committee composed of elementary 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 Mathematics. The committee utilizes screening tools to review and make recommendations for piloting curriculum materials in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption.

    K-5 Math committee members

     

    Previous Curriculum Review and Adoption Committees