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    Stage 1: Review of Materials From Different Publishers

    At the direction of the Seattle Public Schools School Board, staff and community members are evaluating new math instructional materials for use in grades 6 – 8 starting with the 2018-2019 school year. The adoption committee met five times in the spring of 2017 to define selection criteria and to review materials from different textbook publishers.

    In looking at materials, the committee carefully evaluated how well a curriculum covered grade level standards, included materials to both challenge accelerated learners and to provide support for students working to reach grade level mastery, allowed teachers flexibility in how to use the materials, and included resources for families to use in supporting student learning outside of school.

    Based on this review, and with feedback from members of our community, the committee recommended two curricula for further consideration: enVisionmath2.0 from Pearson Education, and Glencoe Math from McGraw Hill. The school board voted to approve the use of these two textbooks in a pilot program in the fall of 2017 in 13 middle, elementary, and K-8 schools.

    enVisionmath2.0 is well-aligned to standards, has a variety of styles of problems, contains built-in review of key concepts, includes teacher materials that prompt learning in multiple styles, contains materials that teachers can easily and readily modify to support a wide range of learners, and includes examples that are easy to find and utilize. enVisionmath2.0 also has strong resources for families to use with students and confirms cultural variations and differences.

    Glencoe Math contains a variety of student tasks, is well aligned to standards, provides both conceptual and procedural problems, has precise definitions and formulas, includes a variety of formats so as to be accessible to a wide variety of learners, is flexible and easily modifiable for teachers and even contains performance tasks at the appropriate depth of rigor. Further, it contains built-in review of key concepts, provides supports for special populations, and confirms cultural variations and differences.

    Stage 2: Textbook Classroom Pilot Program

    More than 30 teachers will participate in the textbook pilot program, reaching approximately 3,000 students. For the first nine weeks of the school year, their teaching will be based on one of the two curricula listed above. The schools participating in the pilot program are:
    Aki Kurose Middle School
    Broadview-Thomson K-8
    Catharine Blaine K-8
    Eckstein Middle School
    Fairmount Park Elementary
    Hamilton Middle School
    Jane Addams Middle School
    John Rogers Elementary School
    Lawton Elementary School
    Leschi Elementary
    Madison Middle School
    View Ridge Elementary
    Washington Middle School

    At the end of the nine-week pilot period, the adoption committee will review teacher feedback, gather community feedback, and prepare a final recommendation for the school board in December or January. Community members will have the opportunity to review both the enVisionmath2.0 and Glencoe Math materials at different school locations, and will also be able to hear first-hand feedback from the teachers and students who piloted the programs. The dates and locations for reviewing materials are still to be determined, but will happen no later than October.

    Adoption Committee Information

    6-8 Mathematics Instructional Materials Committee Meeting Dates

    • Round 1: March 21, April 18, May 2, May 16, May 30 (8:30-3:30 p.m.), June 13 (8:30 a.m. to noon)
    • Round 2: Fall 2017 (TBD) 

    Contact us

    Adoption Coordinators
    Anna Box
    Math Program Manager
    ambox@seattleschools.org
    206-252-0992

    Patrick Gray
    Math Curriculum Specialist
    pcgray@seattleschools.org
    206-252-0153