2017-18 Teaching and Learning Committees
Kindergarten: Dana Fievez, Amy Kay Lindh
First: Jennifer Galassi, Kris Overhauser
Second: Katy Eagle, Nancy Howard
Third: Emily Moore, Deb Paulson
Fourth: Loreen Aguirre, Kat Rickel
Fifth: Alyssa Demir, Nikki Myers
Meeting Dates and Notes:
September 26, 2017
October 3, 2017
October 11, 2017
October 25, 2017
October 30, 2017
- Elevate webinar 3:30-5:30
November 6, 2017
- Amplify webinar 3:30-5:30
November 27, 2017
December 4, 2017
- STEMscopes training grades 3-5
December 5, 2017
- STEMscopes training grades K-2
January 22, 2018
- FOSS Kit Consultant Presentation (Updated Kits)
January 31, 2018
February 6 and 12, 2018
- Sixth Grade: Kim Ruygrok, KC Ahrens, Bill Cushman
- Seventh Grade: David Beal, Miranda Schmidt, Matt Doherty
- Eighth Grade: David Beal, Miranda Schmidt, Matt Doherty
- High School: Jim Biancardi, Scott Carlson, Brandy Barton, Erica Whitmore, Rob Champoux
Middle School Meetings:
November 8, 2017
November 29, 2017
January 22, 2018
- DiscoveryED Webinar Training 7:00-8:00 am
High School Meetings
October 13, 2017
October 30, 2017
November 7th, 2017
- McGraw-Hill Webinar
November 8th, 2017
- Cengage Learning Webinar
November 15, 2017
- Pearson Webinar
January 10, 2018
January 22, 2018
- McGraw-Hill Training Pilot #1
February 7, 2018
March 2018: Over the next 12 months this committee will work to provide clear and accurate information as well as resources and guidance related top the work of adopting Human Growth & Development curriculum in Deer Park Schools.
The following is taken from OSPI’s Guidelines for Sexual Health Information and Disease Prevention (co-published by the Washington State Department of Health & The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2005)
Achieving healthy sexuality is a developmental process from birth to adulthood; so is learning about sexuality. In the early years, the foundation for mature adult sexuality is laid with such building blocks as healthy self-esteem, positive body image, good self-care, effective communications, respect for others, caring for family and friends, and a responsibility to community. As an individual matures, other essential elements are added such as understanding body changes, sexual intimacy and commitment; knowing and using health-enhancing measures, such as health exams, abstinence and protection; and recognizing the joys and responsibilities of parenting.
The committee is tasked with selecting units and materials that allow for an accurate, factual, healthy, positive, safe, and age-appropriate approach to Human Growth & Development. In no way does the work of the committee encourage, condone, or advocate for sexual permissiveness or activity. Rather, we believe that factual information and a deeper understanding of human sexuality equips young people to make healthy choices.
- Elementary – Sean O’Neal, Steve Schuerman
- Middle School – Patti Adams, Ken Ryan
- High School -KC McConnell, Ben Widman, Keith Stamps
January 17, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 7, 2018
- HIV and Sexual Health Education Program (materials and guidance available OSPI’s website)
- Healthy Youth Act (Washington’s law on sexual health education)
- Washington State HIV/AIDS Prevention education requirements
April 18, 2018
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.
Social Studies &
World Languages (K-12)
World Languages (K-12)
The Arts &
Career & Technical
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 –