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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.