Purpose(s)/Goal:

  • Participate in a middle school social studies program review and adoption process for grades 6-8 Social Studies and Core (Social Studies) materials.

Basis for Establishment:

  • Establish a program of instruction aligned to the Washington State Learning Standards in Social Studies and Literacy in Social Studies.

Decision-Making Process:

  • Advisory group to the superintendent
  • Recommend Social Studies materials for grades 6, 7 and 8.

Plan of Work:

  • Convene committee, establish timeline and tasks to identify instructional resources
  • The committee will take into consideration:
    • Students with disabilities, English learners, students who are identified as highly capable,
    • Open educational resources,
    • Alignment to state standards with the inclusion of tribal sovereignty curriculum,
    • Technology use and integration with 1:1 in mind,
    • Assessment,
    • Recent research in best practices in social studies and literacy to support social studies,
    • Feedback from staff, students and parents.

Members:

  • One MS ELL teacher – Bethany Barrett
  • One MS Principal or Assistant Principal – Shari Walsh
  • 6th grade Core or Social Studies teacher – Alisa Sachs, Fairhaven; Glenda Everett, Kulshan; Jennifer Clawson and Stephanie Strow, Shuksan; Shelby (Erica) Ziels, Whatcom
  • 7th grade Core or Social Studies teacher – Minh Nguyen and Glenda Everett, Kulshan and Trisia Kulaas, Whatcom
  • 8th grade Core or Social Studies teacher – Callie Hart, Fairhaven; Dara Yost, Shuksan; David Ostlund, Whatcom
  • Educational Technology Coach – Alex Giebelhaus
  • Committee facilitated by Charisse Berner and Keith Schacht, Directors of Teaching and Learning and Minh Nguyen, administrative intern
  • Ex-officio: Mike Copland, Deputy Superintendent

Responsibilities:

  • Attend meetings
  • Actively participate as a representative of your stakeholder group including sharing feedback and collecting information as needed

Timeline:

February 23, 24 – Clarify process/timelines, establish norms, develop/finalize statement of vision and philosophy aligned to The Bellingham Promise, establish screening criteria, screen materials, identify no more than 3 semi-finalists, create staff, student, community feedback form

March 7 –  Publisher presentations in the morning and deliberations in the afternoon

March 23 – Examine semi-finalists using concept trace, make recommendation, complete Instructional Materials Committee paperwork including bias screening, develop preferred PD plan

April 13 – Examine semi-finalists using concept trace, make recommendation, complete Instructional Materials Committee paperwork including bias screening, develop preferred PD plan

April 25 – Additional meeting date if needed to complete above tasks

Minutes:

February 23

February 24

March 7

April 13

April 25

Budget Implications:

  • Substitute reimbursement for staff committee members to meet
  • Budget to purchase materials