03-14-2017 School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #36


Title
Public Hearing - Elementary Social Studies Textbook Adoption (Parent Petitions)

Discussion

This recommendation from the Elementary K-6 Social Studies Selection Committee is the result of extensive review of the available programs and input from K-6 teachers, administrators, literacy coaches and parents.  The committee recommends that the Board approve this expenditure to ensure all K-6 classrooms have quality materials to support strong social studies instruction.

Studies Weekly and Teachers’ Curriculum Institute (TCI), History Alive! The Ancient World align well with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies.  They also provide rich text to support integration of English Language arts and Social Studies.  The selection committee found this program to best meet their established criteria of embedded rigor and critical thinking, differentiation, strong content, rich text and key supports for teachers, students and families.

Given the new statute 1006.28, Fla. Stat (2016), all instructional materials will go through a 30-day public review process. In order to ensure a smooth transition to a new program, the Selection Committee provided a second option for both 5th and 6th grades.  The second option for 5th grade is Teachers’ Curriculum Institute History Alive! America’s Past.  The second option for 6th grade is National Geographic World History Ancient Civilizations.  The selection committee recommends that the board approve the second option for both 5th and 6th grade.  The 30-day public review may result in petitions regarding the recommended programs, so it is important the contingency options are in place.  Bringing all possible materials for public review at the same time will ensure that schools are able to order materials supported by the Board and the community in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year.



Recommendation

Hold a public hearing to evaluate parent petitions received  regarding the Elementary Social Studies Textbook to determine if further assessment is needed. Below are the  recommendations of the K-6 Social Studies Selection Committee which were approved by the Board on January 24,2017.

Grades

Materials

K-5

Studies Weekly, Florida Studies Weekly

6

Teachers’ Curriculum Institute History Alive! The Ancient World

Second Options

5

Teachers’ Curriculum Institute History Alive! America’s Past

6

National Geographic World History Ancient Civilizations



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 12/13/2016
Consent after Information1/24/2017
Public Hearing3/14/2017

Authority for Action
FS 1006.28

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Categorical

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
16-17$1,906,029X10098100000195100522102

Contact
Jane Cline, Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Leading and Learning x411

Tara Taylor, Director, Elementary Leading and Learning x 330



Attachment:  Copy of Adoption Budget Spreadsheet (TCI 6th).pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Adoption Budget Spreadsheet (TCI 5th).pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Adoption Budget Spreadsheet (National Geographic 6th).pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Adoption Budget Spreadsheet STUDIES WEEKLY.pdf