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    Adoption Process

    Stage 1: September – October 2018

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

    Important Dates:

    • September 7: Needs Assessment Survey available online
    • October 15: Adoption Committee Member applications due
    • October 17: Adoption Committee Members notified
    • October 27: First Adoption Committee meeting
      • Future meeting dates: November 10, November 30, December 1, December 15, March 2

    Stage 2: November 2018 – January 2019

    The Adoption Committee will reconvene to finalize the selection of final instructional materials 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.

    Stage 3: January – February 2019

    The Field Test will begin in selected classrooms. Field Test teachers will receive professional development and use the selected units in their classroom. To gather information regarding the effectiveness and use of each of the instructional material candidates, the Adoption Coordinator will collect a variety of student academic and survey data, conduct classroom observations, survey Field Test teachers, and hold panel discussions with families. Content Area Specialist Meetings will bring together teachers from the content disciplines to review the Field Test results and to provide feedback on the instructional materials.

    Stage 4: March– April 2019

    The Adoption Committee will review results of the Field Test with a panel comprised of the Field Test teachers during a committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, at the JSCEE. The Committee will then review feedback from the community and select 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. The School Board will hear public comments, provide feedback, and ask for follow-up clarification before voting to approve the recommendation.

    Implementation: August 2019

    The new instructional materials will be ready for implementation by the 2019-2020 school year. Implementation schools will be supported through professional development, which emphasizes the shift in pedagogy, three-dimensional teaching and learning strategies, and the execution of the science and engineering practices, in order to provide equitable opportunities for all students.