Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/7/2020 - 5:00 PM
Category: Items for Discussion
Type: Info/Action
Subject: 7.2 Reading Textbook Adoption (Grades 6-8)- James Henderson
Strategic Plans:
Policy: IIAA - Textbook Selection, Adoption, and Purchase
File Attachment:
Reading Textbook Adoption_Grades 6-8_May 7, 2020 SB Meeting.pdf
Summary: James Henderson, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, and Stephanie Tatel, Division Literacy Coordinator, will present the Reading Textbook Adoption item for Board consideration.

During the 2018-2019 school year, middle school teachers and administrators were given the opportunity to review several core programs for English Language Arts. There was overwhelming support for Pearson MyPerspectives. This year teachers and administrators in grades 6-8 revised selection criteria, widened the scope of program choices, and once again determined Pearson MyPerspectives to be their top choice for a common 6-8 ELA resource.

Literacy expert, Tim Shanahan states that “students are best served by a corps of good teachers using a shared program of instruction.” A strong resource that supports the VA standards through high quality literature and meaningful units of study allows us to develop common pacing guides, focus on instruction and teacher implementation, ensure equitable access to grade level curriculum for every student, and, and deliver professional learning across grades 6-8.

Our investment in professional learning for teachers is what will make a difference in the achievement of our students. When we focus on equitable instruction in the core components of effective reading and writing instruction, culturally responsive teaching, standards-aligned planning and lesson delivery, and implementation of a shared resource, we will see gains in student outcomes and reading performance. High-quality instructional materials provide a wealth of organized resources for teachers, thus saving teachers considerable time designing lessons and securing resources to meet the varied needs of students. Finally, Pearson MyPerspectives provides seamless technology integration through Canvas that is needed for supporting online instruction as needed.
Strategic Plan
Administrative Consideration
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends the Board receive the report.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Rosa Atkins - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Juandiego Wade Moved, Member Sherry Kraft seconded to approve the Original motion 'The Superintendent recommends the Board receive the report.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 7 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 7 - 0
Juandiego Wade     Yes
Jennifer McKeever     Yes
Leah Puryear     Yes
Sherry Kraft     Yes
Lisa Torres     Yes
James Bryant     Yes
Lashundra Bryson Morsberger     Yes