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02-12-2008 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #39


Title
H-3. Elementary K-6 Core Reading/Language Arts Program Adoption

Discussion

This recommendation from the Elementary Reading/Language Arts Selection Committee is the result of an extensive review of the available programs and input from K-6 teachers, administrators, reading coaches, and parents.

 

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill Treasures 2009 is well aligned with the new Florida’s Language Arts Sunshine State Standards, which are clearly identified throughout the teacher’s edition and support materials.  The user-friendly student text incorporates quality literature selections, connections to science and social studies benchmarks, and scaffolded comprehension skills and strategy activities.  Leveled readers for students working above grade level, on grade level, below grade level and English Language Learners (ESOL), as well as the literacy center/workstation flip charts provide teachers with quality materials which teach the same topic, skill, and vocabulary.  Instructional materials for small group instruction are included in various formats throughout MacMillan/McGraw-Hill Treasures 2009.  Assessment options are an integral part of instruction within this program in which diagnostic, progressive, and prescriptive assessments are offered at each grade level. 

Representatives from MacMillan/McGraw-Hill Treasures 2009 will work with Brevard Public Schools to formulate a plan for professional development that meets the needs of Brevard Public School teachers and stakeholders.  The plan will include initial training on how to successfully implement Reading/Language Arts Sunshine State Standards through the MacMillan/McGraw-Hill Treasures 2009 program and will focus on the development of teachers’ knowledge (content and pedagogy) of latest reading research and proven practices for increasing reading achievement.



Recommendation

Approve the adoption of MacMillan/McGraw-Hill Treasures 2009 as the district unified elementary reading/language arts core program for all K-6 students.  Schools will be provided implementation components for each teacher of grades K-6, including ESE teachers.



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/12/2008
Consent after Information2/26/2008

Authority for Action
FS 1006.37

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Categorical

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
083,100,000.00X10098100000195100522102

Contact

Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent

Lynn Spadaccini, Director




Attachment:  Adoption Timeline-3.pdf
Attachment:  Executive Summary - Elementary ReadingLanguage Arts Recommendation.pdf