Middle School ELA Curriculum Revision/Alignment and Textbook Adoption

Curriculum/Textbook Work

Create curriculum review committee; provide PD in how to revise/align curriculum

03/08/2013 - 03/29/2013

Committees feature one member from each grade level from each middle school based upon principal recommendation.

PD will encompass how to look at current documents and CCSS; alignment; putting information into specific forms; incorporating literacy/cross-curricular pieces

Committee curriculum work days

04/05/2013 - 11/29/2013

Committees meet full day in April and May; again in August; final meeting in November. Curriculum completed by November 29th.

Curriculum review by Asst Superintendent


Asst superintendent will review draft curriculum to ensure teachers are on track and to provide revision suggestions

Curriculum review by Asst Superintendent


Asst superintendent reviews draft again, provides revisions

Final Curriculum Review by Asst Superintendent/Superintendent


Asst Superintendent/Superintendent prepare final revised/aligned curriculum for proposal to Board

Finalized Curriculum presented to School Board


Curriculum Review Committee becomes Textbook Selection Committee


Meets to determine essentials--what are we looking for in a new textbook? Gives recommendations to Asst Superintendent who invites five or six publishers to present

Publishers Present; Committee chooses 2 or 3 textbooks


Textbook Committee takes full day to see presentations by textbook reps. Committee decides upon 2 or 3 textbooks to bring back to schools to try out.

Textbooks are brought to schools. Trial periods commence.

03/24/2014 - 06/27/2014

All ELA teachers meet to confer, explore, discuss usage. Teachers try parts of book in their classes. Goal is to choose one book that meets needs/recommendations.

Deadline for textbook selection IF quality book is found.


Textbook committee recommendation


Based upon teacher feedback, committee chooses one textbook and makes recommendation to Asst Superintenent

Textbooks/manipulatives ordered


Informing the public


PR person puts update on social networking/district webpage/newspaper, etc, about new curriculum and process of choosing new text. Not TOO much information--just basic, to keep public abreast.

New Curriculum Implementation


Letter to School Families re: Curriculum/Textbook


Explains curriculum work and implementation; explains that textbooks will be in full implementation by January due to teacher-training/usage.

Ongoing training for textbooks/manipulatives

08/11/2014 - 12/31/2014

Full textbook implementation


Textbook committee FINAL reconvene with Asst Superintendent


Committee was to have collected information from teachers that reviewed/evaluated textbooks; makes recommendations about usage/manipulatives/etc.; pre- and post-test comparisons made