Deputy Chief, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Christopher Shaffer440 N Broad Street
2nd Floor , Suite 251 Portal C
Philadelphia, PA 19130
In the spring of 2016 schools selected one of the below products for the new K-12 Core Math instructional resources and English Language Arts (ELA) anthologies and reading books for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
The Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (OCIA) surveyed all principals to identify core Math and ELA instructional resources currently being used in their building. With the information provided by our principals, along with research from Great City Schools, OCIA determined the top four vendors that would participate in the selection process of participating vendors.
The selection process for Math instructional resources and ELA anthologies and reading books was completed by designated Network Teams. Network Teams were identified by assistant superintendents and consisted of principals, teachers, specialists, parents, and PFT representatives.
Communication was sent to all teachers weekly inviting them to attend weekly vendor presentation sessions in order to learn more about the products that Network Teams evaluated.
The Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment scheduled individual vendor presentations with vendors Network Teams. Network Teams evaluated products that were presented by each vendor; however, everyone was provided access to all digital content associated with the vendor products. Access to the digital content could be found on the district home page by clicking the banner titled Math and ELA Instructional Resource Information.
A total of 36 Network Teams sessions were conducted over a month period. Over 450 rubrics were submitted by Network Teams for Math and ELA, which helped inform the process. After analyzing the results, the above products were deemed the top two products for Math and ELA (anthologies and reading books). Additionally, vendors presented to a group of parents, the Office of Educational Technology and to the Chief Academic Support Officer. The names of the top two products were announced to principals on Monday, May 9, 2016.
On May 16, 2016 the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment sent a google doc to all principals to select the new Math and ELA products that will be used in their schools. All orders were submitted to the OCIA by May 27, 2016 and all orders were delivered to schools during the last two weeks of August.
During the summer, the selected vendors provided voluntary professional development/training to teachers on the new Math and ELA products. On September 2 and September 6, 2016, all teachers received school-based professional development on the products that were selected for their building.
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