TEXTBOOK SELECTION AND ADOPTION PROCEDURES
An electronic format of a school and district textbook inventory shall be developed. Each principal shall be responsible for the development and implementation of the textbook procedure that includes an Annual Textbook Inventory.
LARGE SCALE TEXTBOOK ADOPTION
The Principal shall submit a completed Textbook Adoption Form, and a copy of the textbook to the Director of Curriculum who shall present the textbook proposal to the District Textbook Review Team.
This team shall be comprised of elementary, middle and high school principals or designees, a member of the School Committee’s Curriculum Subcommittee and the Director of Curriculum who shall facilitate the meeting. Students and parents shall be encouraged to serve on this textbook team. The District Textbook Review Team shall meet at least twice a year, once in the spring to make a determination for the following fiscal year; and once in the fall for recommendations to the budget subcommittee.
SMALL SCALE TEXTBOOK ADOPTION
For small scale textbook adoption for a specific course or program, the principal should:
Principles that apply generally to the selection of instructional materials and library materials shall apply to textbooks. Textbooks and textbook support materials shall be chosen to:
Although many points must be examined in the textbook selection and adoption process, the School Committee directs the staff to the following considerations:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEXTBOOK USE
In an effort to support teachers in the effective use and implementation of newly adopted textbooks withstudents, the principal or designee shall notify the Director of Curriculum of any planned professional development or study groups that support this process.
IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF NEW TEXTBOOKS
An evaluation process that identifies successful use and implementation of newly adopted textbooks with students is an integral part of effective curriculum development and school improvement planning. Responsibility for successful implementation and regular classroom use of newly adopted textbooks shall rest with the principal of each school. The principal in collaboration with the respective teachers designated to use the textbook shall, by the end of the school year, evaluate the use of the newly adopted textbook as an effective instructional classroom resource for students. The Director of Curriculum shall,in collaboration with the Administrative Council, develop the New Textbook Evaluation Tool.
Created: February 12, 2007
Curriculum Subcommittee Review: February 26, 2007
Policy Subcommittee Review: April 2, 2007
S.C. Approval: April 10, 2007
West Springfield Public Schools