12-13-2016 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #50


Title
Elementary Social Studies Textbook Adoption

Discussion

This recommendation from the Elementary K-6 Social Studies Selection Committee is the result of an 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 aligns 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 the established criteria of embedded rigor and critical thinking, differentiation, strong content, rich text and key supports for teachers, students and families.

The new statute, §1006.28, Fla. Stat. (2016), states 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, and the second option for 6th grade is National Geographic World History Ancient Civilizations. For K-4 no alternate program met the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.The selection committee recommends that the board approve second options for grades 5-6.

The 30-day public review may result in an additional review of materials. Parents will have an opportunity to petition the School Board regarding the approved selections during the 30-day public review period, which will begin the day after the board approves the adoption of instructional materials. The petition form can be found on the BPS website. If the School Board receives written petitions from parents during the 30-day review period, they must hold a public hearing within 30 days after the 30-day period has expired. For more information regarding §1006.28, Fla. Stat. (2016), please visit, http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=1000-1099/1006/Sections/1006.28.html.



Recommendation
Approve the Elementary K-6 Social Studies Textbook Adoption beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.  

Grades

Materials

K-5

Studies Weekly, Florida Studies Weekly

6

Teachers’ Curriculum Institute History Alive! The Ancient World

Second Options

K-4

No alternate program met the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards

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

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
16-17TBDX10098100000195100522102

Contact

Ms. Jane Cline, Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Leading and Learning (x 411)

Tara Taylor, Director, Elementary Leading and Learning (x 330)




Attachment:  Copy of Copy of Adoption Budget Spreadsheet (National Geographic 6th).pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Copy of Adoption Budget Spreadsheet (TCI 6th).pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Copy of Adoption Budget Spreadsheet STUDIES WEEKLY.pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Copy of Adoption Budget Spreadsheet (TCI 5th) (2).pdf