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    HS Science Adoption for CHEM B Update
    Posted on 03/11/2020

    Science Adoption Community Meeting March 11 to be Held Remotely

    Update March 11: Due to COVID-19 concerns, the in-person community open house that was scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., March 11, has been modified to an online forum.

    Please join us between 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the link below to preview the CHEM B curriculum and hear from our adoption coordinator, MaryMargaret Welch, the science program manager.

    https://tinyurl.com/HSChemAdopt

    If you are unable to attend through the digital link below, please feel free to email mmwelch@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-0695 to schedule an alternate time and method to provide you with a tour of the materials and an opportunity to address your questions.

    Thank you for your understanding as we all adjust to the ongoing concerns around the COVID-19 virus. Stay safe and healthy!

     

     

    CHEM B Curriculum and Adoption

    In September 2018, Seattle Public Schools began an adoption process for instructional materials to support science in grades 9 through 12, and a Science Adoption Committee was formed to begin the process of reviewing instructional materials. This Science Adoption Committee included teachers, parents, students, and community members. In June of 2019, the committee voted to move forward materials for all high school science classes, except High School Chemistry B (CHEM B) after assessing materials from 7 vendors and field testing two finalists. The School Board did approve the committee’s recommendation that funding be made available for teachers to continue to collaboratively develop curriculum for CHEM B, using the adopted CHEM A district-developed course as a guide. The Science Adoption Committee will reconvene in March to review the curriculum again and to deliberate on whether to recommend the completed CHEM B curriculum to the School Board.

    Read the May 29, 2019 Board Action Report on High School Science Curriculum.

    Since June 2019, chemistry teachers from around the district have come together to collaborate on the continued development of the CHEM B curriculum to refine the materials and build assessment tools for students.

    Board Policy No. 2015, Selection and Adoption of Instructional Materials dictates that an Instructional Materials Committee (IMC) be approved by the board in order to oversee the work of adoption committees, such as the new CHEM B adoption committee. If approved by the board, the IMC will meet on March 12, 2020 to be given an update on the CHEM B adoption. The Science Adoption Committee will then meet to assess the finished version of the district-developed curriculum, review community feedback, and examine field test results. Based on the outcome of their deliberations, they will make a final recommendation to the IMC on March 27, 2020.

    Community members are invited to provide feedback on the CHEM B curriculum and adoption by attending a community meeting or by reviewing samples of the material online. There will be two in-person community meetings. If you’re unable to attend a community meeting, but would like to provide feedback, please visit the Science website to review a sample of the material and to access a downloadable feedback form.

    If recommended by the committee and approved by the Seattle School Board, the new CHEM B instructional materials would be ready for implementation by the 2020-21 school year.

    For more information, please see the Science CHEM B Adoption website.