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

05/30/2013

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

Curriculum review by Asst Superintendent

10/01/2013

Asst superintendent reviews draft again, provides revisions

Final Curriculum Review by Asst Superintendent/Superintendent

12/02/2013

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

Finalized Curriculum presented to School Board

02/10/2014

Curriculum Review Committee becomes Textbook Selection Committee

02/17/2014

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

03/14/2014

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.

06/27/2014

Textbook committee recommendation

06/27/2014

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

Textbooks/manipulatives ordered

07/11/2014

Informing the public

08/04/2014

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

08/11/2014

Letter to School Families re: Curriculum/Textbook

08/11/2014

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

01/02/2015

Textbook committee FINAL reconvene with Asst Superintendent

04/24/2015

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