The History-Social Science Textbook Selection Advisory Committee will be established in the fall of 2017.  It will be a community-based committee consisting of teachers, administrators, parents, and students, working in alignment with Board Policy 6161.1.

PAUSD’s last middle school history–social science textbook adoption took place in 2006.  The intervening years have seen the adoption of the California Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS) in 2010 and of a new California History/Social Science Framework in 2016.  In addition, new laws, changes in disciplinary research and pedagogy, and the relentless march of history itself have rendered our current textbooks outdated. 

The Advisory Committee is being established in anticipation of the State of California voting on and approving a new list of Common Core-aligned instructional materials in November of 2017.  Provided the state adheres to its own timeline, the Committee will review the new materials and select possible instructional programs to pilot in our middle schools in the spring of 2018.  Teachers will be asked for their recommendations upon completion of the pilots.  The Committee will ultimately be recommending a CCSS-aligned program to the Board of Education for adoption in grades 6, 7, and 8.  The expectation is that the new instructional materials will be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year.

We are currently looking for a parent and a student representative from each of the three middle schools to serve on our committee.

Parent Invitation to Serve

Student Invitation to Serve

Parent Invitation to Serve, Chinese

Student Invitation to Serve, Chinese

Parent Invitation to Serve, Spanish

Student Invitation to Serve, Spanish

Charge Statement

Charge Statement Purpose

The purpose of the Charge Statement is to clarify the work, the responsibilities, the authority, and the expected results of the PAUSD Middle Schools’ Textbook Selection Advisory Committees.


As defined by Board Policy and Administrative Regulations for Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials (BP 6161.1 and AR 6161.1), membership in the selection committee shall include the following:

  • Three (3) MS Instructional Leaders
  • Three to Six (3 to 6) Middle School Teachers
    • Each grade level must be represented
    • One or two teachers per site (the same number of teachers from each site)
  • Three (3) Parent Representatives
    • One parent representing each middle school site
  • One (1) middle school administrator
  • Three (3) Student Representatives
    • One student representing each site—preferably grades 6 and 7 because the committee may work over two school years
  • One (1) Special Education Middle School Teacher
  • One (1) Secondary English Language Specialist: Coordinator or Teacher
  • Two (2) subject area High School Teachers
    • One from each site
  • One (1) Elementary Teacher Representative
    • Elementary Teacher or Elementary TOSA
  • One (1) Chief Academic Officer, Secondary Education (Assistant Superintendent)
  • One (1) Secondary CCSS TOSA

Membership Term:  The term is ad hoc. The committee meets until the committee submits its recommendation to the Superintendent or to the Superintendent’s designee.

Purpose/Work of the Committee:

  • Review the CCSS-aligned instructional materials on the State of California adopted materials lists for grades 6, 7, and 8.
  • Review and select the instructional programs (texts and materials), given the information from the teachers during the examination period, to be used in the pilots in the spring semester
  • Review the teacher recommendations after the pilots are complete, and
  • Select the instructional materials or program for use in grades 6, 7, and 8 beginning in August 2018.


  • Approximate meetings for the Middle School Textbook Selection Advisory Committee
    • October, 2017: Kickoff Meeting
    • November, 2017:  SCCOE visit and Text Review; Debrief previous meeting
    • December, 2017:  Publisher’s Presentations
    • December, 2017 – January, 2018:  Finalize the Pilot Texts
    • January - April, 2018:  Plan the rest of the pilot and how/when to bring adoption advice to the BOE.
      • Review of Pilot Reports
      • Finalist Publisher Presentations for community, if needed
      • Finalize recommendation
      • Bring recommendation to the BOE


The Middle School Textbook Selection Advisory Committee will submit program adoption recommendations to the Superintendent or to the Superintendent’s designee.


  • A recommendation for a CCSS – aligned textbook or program at each grade level, 6, 7 and 8, no later than May 15 to the Board of Education. The recommendation is to include a written rationale for the selection(s) in comparison to those not chosen on the finalist list.


The Middle School Textbook Selection Advisory Committees will work within the existing State and District textbook budgets.

Committee Members





Instructional Leader
Megan Shelby
8th Grade SS
Kirsten Missett
7th Grade SS
Tristan Ginanni
7th Grade SS
Parent Representative
TBD in Sept.
TBD in Sept.
TBD in Sept.
MS HSS Teacher
Diane Luu
6th ELA & SS
Brooke Tassa
6th ELA & SS
Victoria Blockhus
8th Grade SS
(minimum of one)
 TBD in Sept.
TBD in Sept.
TBD in Sept.
Student Representative
TBD in Sept.
TBD in Sept.
TBD in Sept.
Elementary Teacher or Elementary TOSA
 Nikole Manou
K-5 Instructional Coach
Mangla Oza
K-5 Math TOSA
HS HSS Teacher
Anna Ward, Gunn HS
9th-grade WH; 11th-grade USH
Mary Sano, Paly HS
10th-grade US Gov’t; 10th-grade Cont. WH
Special Education Representative
Joleen Roach, Jordan
Instructional Supervisor; SAI Res. 8
English Language Representative
Erica Ng
ELD Coordinator; ALD Teacher
Chief Academic Officer, Secondary Education,
and Sec HSS TOSA
Sharon Ofek, CAO Secondary Education (District Office)
Karen Logue, CCSS Secondary TOSA (District Office)
Committee Meeting Notes
Committee Archives