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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can parents stay informed and get involved?
Why has the Bellevue School District begun the process to adopt K-5 literacy materials?
How does the materials adoption process work?
What has been the level of teacher participation and collaboration in the process?
What grade levels will this materials adoption affect?
Why did Bellevue School District choose Good Habits, Great Readers and Journeys?
 

How can parents stay informed and get involved?

  • Examine the materials Hard copies of proposed materials are available for viewing at each of BSD's 16 elementary schools. Not every school will have an example of both programs at each grade level. If you are interested in previewing materials at your child's home school, please email the principal for a list of teachers participating in the field study. If your school does not have the grade level materials you would like to view, can can email Bonnie Benz at benzb@bsd405.org to make an appointment to view the materials at the district office. After viewing the materials, the review committee would appreciate your input via email k-5literacy@bsd405.org

  • Attend one of the three Information Nights to learn more about the materials review and adoption process.

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Why has the Bellevue School District begun the process to adopt K-5 literacy materials?

Recent reviews of our student reading assessment data indicate that our literacy instruction across the school district is not currently meeting the needs of all of our students, specifically those performing below grade-level and those performing above grade level.  While we have as a district embraced the tenants and framework of balanced literacy instruction, the materials available to support this endeavor are not currently consistent from school to school.  The materials we seek to adopt will provide a range of materials teachers can select based on the needs of their students.  These materials include explicit, sequential instruction in phonemic awareness, alphabetic principal, accuracy and fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. To learn more about the 5 Big Ideas in reading click here to visit the university of Oregon's website.   

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How does the materials adoption process work?

This process will span the 2009-2011 school years. Below is a timeline of what will be accomplished during this time.

October-November, 2009 -- Initial Review Committee looked at five literacy programs and narrowed them down to two: Good Habits, Great Readers and Journeys.

February-June, 2010 -- Positions were advertised for parents, teachers, and facilitators and applications were received for K-5 Literacy Review Committee. During this time we also solicited field study volunteers and formed field study teacher teams. On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 21st field study teachers had their first introduction to materials.

August, 2010 -- Trainings for field study teachers were held at the annual Elementary Summer Institute. These trainings were open to all interested parties district-wide.

September-December, 2010 -- During this time teachers will complete the field study. We will hold monthly field study meetings with field study teachers, curriculum developers, and publishers to provide additional support and training as well as gather feedback. We will also hold several parent information nights.

January, 2011 -- The Review Committee will formally assesses each set of materials with an evaluation tool. They will also compile and examine data from field study, and solicit input directly from the field study teachers.

February-March, 2011 -- The recommendation from the Review Committee will be made to Instructional Materials Committee who in turn will make a recommendation to the School Board. The School Board will then issue a decision on the materials.

April, 2011 -- Purchase the materials

June-August, 2011 -- Implementation Training for all teachers in the new K-5 literacy materials.

Fall, 2011 -- New K-5 literacy materials will be in the hands of students. 

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What has been the level of teacher participation and collaboration in the process?

While instructional materials matter, it is our teachers that make literacy come alive for students. These professionals are spending hours meeting as a group and in smaller subcommittees to ensure that we select materials that serve our students well. Every school has at least 2 teachers, and as many as 7, participating in the field study and their feedback will be received and considered by the Review Committee. Additionally, the Review Committee has a classroom teacher representative at each grade level. School facilitators are also represented on the Review Committee.

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What grade levels will this materials adoption affect?

Every K-5 general education classroom in BSD's 16 elementary schools will be adopting and using these materials starting in fall of 2011.     

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Why did Bellevue School District choose Good Habits, Great Readers and Journeys?

  • Good Habits, Great Readers and Journeys match the State Reading Standards well.

  • Both publishing companies were on the Reading First State List of Approved Curriculum.

  • They each address current reading research in the 5 Big Ideas in Reading.

  • Both programs employ a balanced literacy approach.

  • Both had a Spanish component for Puesta del Sol.

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