The Middle School Literature Selection Advisory Committee is a community-based committee consisting of teachers, administrators, parents, and students, working in alignment with Board Policy 6161.1.

PAUSD last adopted middle school literature in 2003.  The intervening years have seen the adoption of the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010 and the release of the new California ELA/ELD Framework in 2014.  Together, the Common Core State Standards and the Framework represent a significant shift in English Language Arts/Literacy.  Notably, the Common Core emphasizes the importance of students engaging in regular practice with complex texts and academic language, grounding their reading, writing, and speaking in textual evidence, and building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction in addition to literature.

The California Department of Education is scheduled to update its Recommended Literature List, a collection of literature for children and adolescents in PK – 12, beginning in the 2019-20 school year.  PAUSD will form a Literature Selection Advisory Committee in the fall to begin reading and reviewing literature.  The PAUSD Committee anticipates recommending two CDE-approved core literature texts as required reading for each grade level, 6, 7, and 8, to the Board of Education in the Spring of 2021.  In addition, the committee also plans to recommend a menu of CDE-approved supplementary literature for use at each grade level.  The expectation is that the core literature texts will be implemented beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.

 

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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 School English Literature Selection Advisory Committee.

Membership:

As defined by Board Policy and Administrative Regulations for Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials (BP 6161.1 and AR 6161.1), membership on 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) High School English Teachers
    • One from each site
  • One (1) Elementary Teacher Representative
    • Elementary Teacher or Elementary TOSA
  • One (1) Teacher Librarian
  • One (1) Chief Academic Officer, Secondary Education (Assistant Superintendent)
  • One (1) Secondary 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 teacher-recommended literature for grades 6, 7, and 8 from the CDE-approved list.
  • Select texts to be used in pilots in the fall semester (2020), if necessary.
  • Review feedback after the pilots are complete, and
  • Select 2 pieces of core literature to be recommended for use in grades 6, 7 and 8 beginning in August 2021.  Create a list of supplemental literature to be recommended for use in grades 6, 7 and 8 beginning in August 2021.

Meetings:

  • Approximate meetings for the Middle School English Literature Selection Advisory Committee
    • September 2019: Kickoff Meeting
    • October 2019:  Begin vetting recommended texts
    • November 2019 – February 2020:  Continue vetting recommended texts
    • March 2020:  Determine short list of finalist texts at each grade level
    • April 2020:  Decide which texts to consider for core lit and which texts to consider for supplemental lit
    • May 2020:  Finalize pilot texts
    • Fall, 2020 – Winter, 2021:  Plan the pilot and how/when to bring adoption advice to the BOE.
      • Review of Pilot Reports
      • Finalize recommendation
      • Bring recommendation to the BOE

Authority:

The Middle School English Literature Selection Advisory Committee will submit literature adoption recommendations to the Superintendent or to the Superintendent’s designee.

Products:

  • A recommendation for two CDE-approved core literature texts at each grade level, 6, 7 and 8, and a recommendation for a menu of CDE-approved supplemental literature at each grade level, 6, 7 and 8, no later than Spring Semester 2021 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.

Resources:

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

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Application Process

The Selection Committee's composition and the adoption process are defined by the Board Policy and Administrative Regulation for the 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.
  • - The committee shall include a community representative from each school area selected by the principal.  The community members selected shall represent a balanced perspective of the community at large.
  • - The committee shall include one student from each school (the principal and student body officers shall advertise this opportunity and select the student by a process jointly agreed upon.)

To participate, applicants must be able to commit to regular attendance given this anticipated schedule:

Middle School Literature Selection Advisory Committee, 2019-20 Anticipated Timeline

September 25, 2019   4-7 pm 
District Office, Room A
Committee Kickoff
October 16, 2019  4-7pm 
District Office, Room A
Reading Groups begin reviewing texts
October 23, 2019  2:15-3:15pm 
Fletcher, Room TBD
Joint Middle School Meeting
November 20, 2019 4-7pm
District Office, Room A
Reading Groups continue reviewing texts
December 18, 2019  4-7pm 
District Office, Room A
Reading Groups continue reviewing texts
January 29, 2020  2:15-3:15
JLS, Room TBD
Joint Middle School Meeting
February 26, 2020  4-7 pm 
District Office, Room A
Reading Groups continue reviewing texts
March 25, 2020  4-7 pm 
District Office, Room A
Reading Groups determine short lists of finalist texts
April 22, 2020  2:15-3:15pm 
Greene, Room TBD
Joint Middle School Meeting
April 29, 2020  4-7pm 
District Office, Room A
Short lists are discussed and narrowed down
May 20, 2020  4-7pm 
District Office, Room A
Committee considers possible pilot plans for fall
Fall 2020 Meetings:  TBD
Possible pilot data is collected and reviewed by Committee
Winter 2021 Meetings:  TBDBoard Presentation & Decision

Application for Community Members/Parents/Guardians

Print this application and return completed form to your Middle School Principal by September 13, 2019.

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Application for Student

Print this application and return completed form to your Middle School Principal by September 13, 2019.

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