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    Getting Ready: Teachers Studying New K-5 ELA Materials
    Posted on 08/07/2017
    New ELA materials for the 2017-18 school year.

    Across the district K-5 classrooms are buzzing with the ‘snap’ of staplers securing paper posters of alphabets and numbers to walls, the ‘grrrrr’ of pencils being sharpened, and the ‘whir’ of computers booting back up for the first time in weeks as teachers prepare their classrooms for new and returning students. But, there’s another sound of pallets packed with Seattle Public School’s (SPS) new English Language Arts (ELA) instructional materials adoption, Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC), being delivered.

    Approved in April by the Seattle School Board, CCC will be implemented this school year. Over the summer, teachers, specialist, and school leaders have been preparing to use the new ELA materials through CCC's online instructional modules. Our teachers have been learning about the methodology, resources and best practices to support reading, writing, critical thing and collaboration so they will be ready for students on the first day of school, September 6th (Kindergarten begins September 11).

    The purchase of instructional resources for K-5 ELA is also a major step toward the district's goal of eliminating opportunity gaps. In providing instructional materials aligned to the Washington State Standards for all students, SPS equalizes access to resources designed to build the reading skills, writing skills, thinking habits, academic behaviors and dispositions necessary for success in college, careers and life.

    The selection of the CCC was supported by a year-long process that included outreach to community, families, staff members and school leaders at many different times through the process. Thirty-six Seattle teachers served as adoption committee members, while 27 different teachers tested the materials in a two-month pilot, and more than 600 Seattle staff members participated in the selection through an online survey. CCC was the first choice for all-staff, field testers, adoption committee members, families, community.

    Here is more information about Center for the Collaborative Classroom (CCC).

    Here is more information of the district’s mission to eliminate opportunity gaps for all students.

    And look for more stories here on the district’s website and on Twitter and Facebook, soon, about how SPS is getting ready for the upcoming 2017-18 school year!

    Teachers are excited about unpacking new K-5 ELA materials.