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Curriculum Adoption

2019 Spanish 6-12

Spanish Adoption for Grades 6-12

In July 2018, Seattle Public Schools initiated an adoption process for instructional materials to support Spanish as a world language in grades 6 through 12. 

The instructional materials process will follow the Seattle Public Schools Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials, Policy No. 2015

When approved by the Seattle School Board, the new instructional materials will be ready for implementation by the 2019-20 school year or the following year, depending on funding.

Adoption Process Timeline

Stage 1: June 2018 – March 2019

A public announcement of the adoption was sent out on School Messenger and posted on the SPS website. SPS teachers and families were invited to complete a Needs Assessment Survey. The Adoption Committee was formed and held two initial meetings, with the goal of publishing the selection criteria for the instructional materials and recommending potential candidates.

  • September 27 , 2018   Adoption Committee Member applications due(revised date)
    Questions? Please email
  • October 17, 2018   Adoption Committee Members notified
  • October 30, 2018 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Room 2778; 
    Optional: 3:30-5:30 Room 2010
    Seattle Public Schools JSCEE
    2445 3rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98124
    First Adoption Committee meeting
    Purpose:  Develop criteria for evaluating materials to be reviewed
  • November 14, 2018  3:00 – 5:00 pm JSCEE
    Follow-on Adoption Committee meeting
    Purpose:  Finalize criteria for evaluating materials to be reviewed.
    Review CriteriaApproved by Instructional Materials Committee 
  • February – March 2019 Request for Proposal to publishers

Stage 2: April 2019

The Adoption Committee reconvened to finalize the selection of final instructional materials candidates to advance to the Field Test. All potential materials will be available for public viewing at multiple locations around the district with opportunities for the public to provide feedback.

  • April 4, 2019  Second Adoption Committee meeting 
    Purpose:  Evaluate materials provided by publishers
    Three vendors were approved, but one was not able to commit  to providing the materials and online access according to the district’s 9-year contract.

Materials from the two vendors approved for field testing were on display through June at the JSCEE Library 2nd floor:

  • Vista Higher Learning
    • Senderos (Levels 1, 2, 3)
    • Imagina (Level 4)
    • Español Santillana (Levels 1, 2, 3, 4)
    • Temas (Level AP)
  • Pearson World Languages
    • Auténtico (Levels 1, 2, 3)
    • Realidades (Level 4)
    • Abriendo paso (Level AP 5 Prep)
    • AP Spanish Test Prep

Stage 3: May – June 2019

The Field Test began in selected classrooms. Field Test teachers received professional development and used the materials in their classroom. To gather information regarding the effectiveness and use of each of the instructional material candidates, the Adoption Coordinator collected a variety of student interview and survey data, conducted classroom observations, surveyed Field Test teachers, and met with families at open houses.

Read the Announcement about Field Testing and Open Houses for viewing the materials.

Instructional Materials Open Houses:

The public was invited to view the materials being field tested at several open houses in early June.

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. at
    John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (JSCEE)
    2445 3rd Ave. S  Seattle, WA 98134
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at
    Chief Sealth International High School
    2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at
    Mercer International Middle School
    1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108
    Franklin High School
    3013 S Mt Baker Blvd, Seattle, WA 98144
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at
    Nathan Hale High School
    10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at
    Hamilton International Middle School
    1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103

Stage 4: June – October 2019

At its June 18 meeting, the Adoption Committee reviewed results of the Field Test and feedback from the community and selected instructional materials to recommend to the Superintendent. A Board Action Report will be presented to the Instructional Materials Committee (IMC). The IMC will submit a recommendation to the School Board Curriculum & Instruction Committee and then the full School Board. The School Board will hear public comments, provide feedback, and ask for follow-up clarification before voting to approve the recommendation.

Implementation: Fall 2019 or August 2020

Some of the new instructional materials may be ready for implementation by fall of the 2019-2020 school year. Others will likely be purchased for school year 2020-2021. Implementation schools will be supported through professional development, which emphasizes the shift in pedagogy to a focus on developing language proficiency, in order to provide equitable opportunities for all students.

SPS Racial Equity Analysis Tool

It is the moral and ethical responsibility and a top priority for Seattle Public Schools to provide Equity Access and Opportunity for every student, and to eliminate racial inequity in our educational and administrative system.

The Racial Equity Analysis Tool lays out a clear process and a set of questions to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of significant policies, initiatives, professional development, programs, instructional practices, and budget issues to address the impacts on racial equity. The SPS World Languages Team will use the Analysis Tool to guarantee an equity lens for the Adoption Process.

Racial Equity Analysis Tool – Approved by Instructional Materials Committee for Spanish Adoption.

Adoption Coordinator

Dr. Thad Williams
International Education Administrator

Adoption Coordinator
for school year 2018-2019
was Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki

Spanish Adoption Committee Meeting Notes