The Elementary History-Social Science Pilot/Adoption Committee completed its work in May, 2018 and presented its recommendation to the Board on May 8, 2018.

With the 2016 final publication of the History-Social Science Framework by the California Department of Education, the District will begin a process of exploring and piloting instructional materials for use in K-5 social studies programs. This process along with the selection committee will make a recommendation that will go to the PAUSD School Board in spring, 2018. We are coordinating closely with the 6th – 8th social studies adoption process. The social studies adoption and subsequent implementation and professional development are part of the PAUSD Strategic Plan Goal A.

If you have questions, contact Elementary Education at (650) 329-3773 or

Application Process

The selection committee composition and adoption process are defined by Board Policy and Administrative Regulations for Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials (BP 6161.1 and AR 6161.1), which include the following clauses:

  • The Superintendent or designee shall establish a process by which instructional materials shall be reviewed for recommendation to the Board. This process shall involve teachers in a substantial manner and shall also encourage the participation of parents/guardians and community members.
  • Individuals who participate in selecting and evaluating instructional materials shall not have a conflict of interest in the materials being reviewed, as defined in administrative regulation.
  • Committee shall include two to five community members selected by the Superintendent or designee
  • The community members selected shall represent a balanced perspective of the community at large.

Parent Invitation to Apply - English
Parent Invitation to Apply - Mandarin
Parent Invitation to Apply - Spanish

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

To Participate

  1. Applicants must be able to commit to regular attendance given this anticipated schedule:

Adoption Committee Meetings, 2017-18

October 2, 3:30 - 5:00 pm Committee Kickoff Meeting
November 8, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Orientation to Textbooks; Selecting Curricula to Pilot
December 7, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Publisher Presentation; Plan Pilot Rounds
March 14, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Debrief Rounds 1 & 2 and Select Recommendation

   2.   Complete application: 

Community Members - English Application
Community Members - Mandarin Application
Community Members - Spanish Application

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 20, 2017.