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    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. 2015pdf icon

    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 Criteria PDF icon Approved 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 ToolPDF icon - 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

    Spanish Adoption Community Survey

    The Community Survey is now complete, but we are leaving it posted for your information.


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