• Participate in a mathematics program review and adoption process for grades PreK-12.

Basis for Establishment:

  • Establish a focused, rigorous, and coherent mathematics instructional program to improve student achievement using the Common Core State Standards.

Decision-Making Process:

  • Advisory group to the superintendent; recommend math materials for grades PreK-12 to the superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • Convene committee to discuss the work of the year
  • Begin program review, including reviewing current state of materials time spent teaching mathematics, professional development support, etc.
  • Conduct teacher perception survey, parent and student survey
  • The committee will also take into consideration:
    • Students with disabilities, English Learners and Highly Capable Learners. Online and open educational resource opportunities
    • Technology use/implications
    • Assessment system
    • Learning of Common Core State Standards-Mathematics
    • Recent research on best practices in mathematics
    • Feedback from staff, students and parents

Dates/Agenda Items:

2013-14 School Year: All meetings will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 212 at the District Office. All committee members are expected to attend all eight days listed. (The weeks of Feb. 22-March 3, 2014 will be a time to collect perception data. No meetings are scheduled during this time.)

  • November 25: Develop team norms, review the scope of the work, review research and data collected. Identify needs. Minutes
  • December 17: Professional readings, develop belief statement(s), create screening tool. Minutes
  • January 7: Study publisher’s criteria, create recommendation form. Minutes
  • February 20 and 21: Screen all available materials, select no more than three semi-finalists for further review; complete a domain trace. 2.20.14 Minutes, 2.21.14 Minutes
  • March 4: Publisher’s presentations; complete bias screenings. Continue to examine semi-finalists. 3.4.14 Minutes
  • March 27: Final recommendation, complete proposal paperwork. 3.27.14 Minutes
  • April 22: Professional development planning, selecting dates for summer work. 4.22.14 Minutes

These are not committee meeting dates, but are part of the process:

  • February 22 to March 3, 2014: Staff/Parent/Student feedback on semi-finalists. The public/staff review of semi-finalists was postponed to March 10 to 14.
  • June 16 to 20, 2014: Tentative dates being held for initial use summer professional development for all staff affected.

Committee Members (represent job function groups within the District)

Central Office Representatives:

  • Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning -Chair
  • Jeanette Grisham, Assistant Principal/Principal on Special Assignment – Co-Chair
  • Mike Copland, Dept. Superintendent – Executive

Community Partners:

  • Chris Ohana, Western Washington University
  • Ed Harri, Higher Ed., Whatcom Community College
  • J. Brandon Adams, Higher Ed., Bellingham Technical College
  • Kristine Wilson, Opportunity Council
  • Stacey Nordtvedt, Elementary Parent
  • Kristine Weller, Secondary Parent

District Representatives:

  • Caren Pitsch, Teacher, Alderwood Elementary
  • Lisa Conlon, Teacher, Carl Cozier Elementary
  • Shannon Sampson, Teacher, Columbia Elementary
  • Sara Neyman, Teacher, Cordata Elementary
  • Lisa Cassidy, Teacher, Geneva Elementary
  • Beth Kealy, Teacher, Lowell Elementary
  • Cami Burfeind, Teacher, Parview Elementary
  • Marca Kidwell-Babcock, Teacher Parkview Elementary
  • Merdith Attar, Teacher, Roosevelt Elementary
  • Nicole, Talley, Principal, Silver Beach Elementary
  • Shari Lingbloom, Teacher Silver Beach Elementary
  • Lisa Richardson, Teacher, Sunnyland Elementary
  • Nate Cornelesen, Teacher, Wade King Elementary
  • Lori Thoreson, Teacher, Wade King Elementary
  • Breann Hulford, Teacher, Fairhaven Middle
  • Tommy Lingbloom, Teacher, Kulshan Middle
  • Beth Janis, Teacher, Shuksan Middle
  • Chuck DeVange, Teacher, Whatcom Middle
  • Ryland Huff, Assistant Principal, Bellingham High
  • Scott Smartt, Teacher, Bellingham High
  • Maria Griggs, Teacher, Sehome High
  • Kristen Reimers, SpEd Teacher, Sehome High
  • Elyse Slagle, Teacher Squalicum High


  • Communicate and make public all meeting agendas and minutes
  • Communicate and make public findings from the review
  • Make recommendations regarding mathematics materials for adoption to the superintendent, who will share with all stakeholders.


  • November 2013 – June 2014 (review and adoption) 8 days
  • June 2014 – ongoing (summit team – subgroup)

Budget Implications:

  • Substitute reimbursement for staff committee members to meet
  • This committee’s recommendation will result in significant budget allocation requirements for the purchase of math materials as well as supporting professional development.