In September 2018, the Seattle Public Schools Science Department began the process of evaluating instructional materials for students in high school. The high school adoption committee is inviting the community to review all potential materials and provide feedback.
You can join this important review by coming to the John Stanford Center Professional Library where you will find all instructional materials on display from Dec. 10 through Dec. 28. The John Stanford Center Professional Library at 2445 3rd Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134. Building hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday by appointment. December 24 and 25 are holidays and the building is not open. View our map and directions webpage.
The most recent district adoption for elementary science was 1996 and 2000 for high school. Over the last two decades, scientific knowledge has advanced, and instructional practices have changed. It is important for our students to receive current, relevant, and authentic science experiences. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive core science curriculum in all Seattle schools.
The finalist from this process will be brought into some classrooms for a field test in January and February. Teachers and students will provide input to the committees based on their experience with the materials.
During the field test period, we will extend an invitation for families, staff, and community to provide feedback on the final instructional materials candidates. The materials will be on display at locations around the district, and all are encouraged to review.
We will host an Instructional Materials Open House on February 2 and 9, where members of the adoption committees will share a presentation of the materials under final review.
In April, the adoption committees will present their final recommendation to the School Board, and in May the Board will vote on the implementation for 2019-20 school year.
For more updates and information, visit 2019 Science Adoption for grades 9-12 webpage.