2019-20 Teaching and Learning Committees
K-5 Music: Matt Kohlhauff & Ben Dysart
6-12 Music/Band: Cory Thompson & Christina Thomas
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The 2019 Washington State Operating Budget (ESHB 1109 Section 501  [h]) requires OSPI to convene a workgroup to complete the following tasks related to sexual health education:
- Review provisions related to sexual health education in the 2016 Health Education K–12 Learning Standards.
- Review existing sexual health education curricula in use in the state for the purpose of identifying gaps or potential inconsistencies with the learning standards.
- Consider revisions to sexual health provisions in statute.
- Consider the merits and challenges associated with requiring all schools to offer comprehensive sexual health education to students in all grades by September 1, 2022.
The legislation specifies that the workgroup shall consist of the following members:
- OSPI: The Superintendent or designee
- Three school district representatives recommended by the Washington State School Directors’ Association, reflecting diversity of student enrollment, geographic location, and urban/suburban/rural locations.
- Three school principals recommended by an association of Washington school principals, reflecting diversity of student enrollment, geographic location, and urban/suburban/rural locations.
- Three public school health educators recommended by an association of Washington educators, one each representing K–5, 6–8, 9–12, reflecting diversity of urban/suburban/rural locations.
- Three public health officials, as least two of whom are local and with expertise in developing or presenting comprehensive SHE materials and resources, as recommended by the Department of Health, and reflecting diversity of urban/suburban/rural locations.
- Three parents: one with a child enrolled in a public school west of the Cascades and one with a child enrolled in a public school east of the Cascades, as recommended by an association of parents, teachers, and students. The third must be the parent of a child receiving special education services, as recommended by an association of parents, teachers, and students that focuses on the needs of students receiving special education services.
The Sexual Health Education (SHE) Workgroup will meet in August and September and provide a report to the State Board of Education, Department of Health, and the education committees of the Legislature by Dec. 1, 2019.
Deer Park’s curriculum committee will review the report upon release and establish a direction based on guidelines/directives issued by the Sexual Health Education Workgroup.
Curriculum Review Schedule
We have worked to align our review and adoption schedule to match OSPI’s curriculum and standards review timelines, as OSPI periodically conducts formal instructional materials reviews in various subjects as a service to school districts. Washington is not a state-mandated instructional materials adoption state; the cycle by which the state reviews materials is largely dependent on the availability of state resources. Likewise, the district’s review and adoption schedule is always subject to change based on availability of funds.
Using the following link, you can access the last Washington State Learning Standards Development and Revision Cycle document published by OSPI. The results of state-led reviews are meant as resources for school districts undergoing their own local review and/or adoption processes. State law requires school districts to have policies and procedures in place that guide their selection and adoption of instructional materials for use in classrooms.
The Arts &
Career & Technical
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World Languages (K-12)
World Languages (K-12)
Curriculum Review and Adoption Process
Each year, Deer Park School District forms an Instructional Materials Review committee to review curriculum and make any necessary recommendations for adoption of “core” classroom materials (and discuss/explore alternative core and supplementary materials). The district’s goal is to provide the most up-to-date, research-based, and appropriate learning materials for teachers and students. Standards-aligned and modern curriculum materials are critical tools for classroom learning. In the hands of our teachers, such materials are intended to move the vast majority of students through mastery of fundamental concepts to deeper thinking. Review committees are composed of certified staff and subject-matter experts to help the district meet this goal.
How does the adoption process work?
- The adoption process is defined by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 28A.320.230), DPSD Board Policy (in conjunction with Board Procedure) and the Deer Park Education Association’s contract (Article VII, Section 7). The Instructional Materials Committee (IMC) is made up of administrators and teachers – as well as qualified community members – and a non-voting chairperson (superintendent or designee…typically, the Director of Teaching and Learning). The committee is generally convened annually to evaluate instructional materials, ensuring that adopted curriculum fits with the District’s mission and outcomes for student learning. The review and adoption schedule is always subject to change based on availability of funds.
- The IMC process is legally required and the committee is the only body authorized to send an adoption recommendation to the School Board.
- Materials undergo an initial intensive review process, lead by the IMC. The committee evaluates the instructional content of recommended materials according to specific selection criteria. This ensures they comply with state law and district policy (for example, no bias or prejudice) and that the content is developmentally appropriate and covers necessary standards. Next, the committee selects its top choices (generally 2 or 3) and engages in extensive field testing. The IMC’s final decision kicks off a formal public review of the materials with opportunity for comments. The IMC’s recommendation and public comments then go to Deer Park’s School Board, which has the option to approve the adoption. If not approved, the District retains the current curriculum until the adoption process can be repeated.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction maintains a webpage with up to date information about instructional materials – OSPI: Instructional Materials Reviews and Supports – as well as information about OSPI’s legislative mandate to develop a library of Open Educational Resources (OERs) aligned with the Common Core State Standards Open Educational Resources (reviewed library). If you have questions regarding anything in relation to Teaching and Learning in Deer Park, please call (464.5500).
Washington State (OSPI) Grade Level Standards and Resources
OSPI’s K-12 Learning Standards website provides quick access to Washington’s adopted learning standards (including dates of adoption). As required by state law (RCW 28A.655.070) OSPI adopts and oversees the development of learning standards. Learning standards in Washington define what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level. The Grade Level Standards & Resources website provides quick access to all content standards with aligned resources to support curriculum development, instructional practices, and assessment of student learning.
Additionally, OSPI’s Learning and Teaching Dept. provides support for schools to ensure engaged and effective teaching and learning for all students in Washington’s schools. The work of the dept. focuses on learning standards development and professional learning, and content support for state assessment systems and K–12 education policies.
In Washington, Common Core State Standards provide the guidance as to what students should know and be able to do in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. In other subjects, Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) provide detail about what students should know and be able to do by grade level. GLEs are aligned from kindergarten through grade 10 – so that parents, students and educators can see how skills and knowledge build from year to year. Grade level expectations have been developed or are under review/revision in each content area.
- Reading – Reading Wonders (2012)
- Math – Eureka (three year pilot approved 2013)
- Science – FOSS Science Kits (2009)
- Leadership & Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER Institute)
- ELA –
- Approved Novel Spreadsheet
- Math –
- Science –