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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.

    Adoption Process - Tentative dates (to be approved)

    Stage 1: June 2018 - March 2019

    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 and recommending potential candidates.

    Stage 2: March - April 2019

    The Adoption Committee will reconvene 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.

    Stage 3: April - June 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.

    Stage 4: June - August 2019

    The Adoption Committee will review results of the Field Test and 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: Fall 2019 or August 2020

    Some of the new instructional materials may be ready for implementation by 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 PDF icon 
    Approved by Instructional Materials Committee for Spanish Adoption.

    Contact: Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, World Languages Program Manager

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