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2019-2020 Instructional Materials Adoption

Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Foreign Languages

The Curriculum Department continues to work closely with schools to support and improve student achievement at all levels. Curriculum specialists and adoption committee members are currently conducting the review process for the 2019-2020 Instructional Materials Adoption for Career and Technical Education and Foreign Languages. Please click this link Public Review UPDATED 11-20-19to review the resources that are being considered. If the hyperlinks in the access document will not work, please try using a different web browser. Google Chrome or Firefox are preferred browsers.

If you would like access to available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services (IRMS) office at 904.547.3947. Available printed materials may be reviewed from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, when district offices are open.

If you are an interested parent or community member, and would like to serve on a school instructional materials review committee, please contact the school directly, or the IRMS office.

Review of Instructional Materials

Instructional materials utilized in schools are available for review in the Media Services office. If you would like access to the available materials or require assistance reviewing any online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

If you would like to review any instructional or library materials, please click here and submit the survey request.

Reconsideration of Instructional Materials

Please note the following Florida statute that pertains to input regarding instructional materials:

F.S. 1006.28 (2)(a)(2)(a,b) Each district school board must adopt a policy regarding an objection by a parent or a resident of the county to the use of a specific instructional material, which clearly describes a process to handle all objections and provides for resolution. The process must provide the parent or resident the opportunity to proffer evidence to the district school board that:

a. An instructional material does not meet the criteria of s. 1006.31(2) or s. 1006.40(3)(d) if it was selected for use in a course or otherwise made available to students in the school district but was not subject to the public notice, review, comment, and hearing procedures under s. 1006.283(2)(b)8., 9., and 11.
b. Any material used in a classroom, made available in a school library, or included on a reading list contains content that is pornographic or prohibited under s. 847.012, is not suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented, or is inappropriate for the grade level and age group for which the material is used.

If the district school board finds that an instructional material does not meet the criteria under sub-subparagraph a. or that any other material contains prohibited content under sub-subparagraph b., the school district shall discontinue use of the material for any grade level or age group for which such use is inappropriate or unsuitable.

Current parents and residents of St. Johns County may file a petition for reconsideration using the form below. Printed copies of the form are available in our office at 10 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, 32084.

Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Form-Basic

2018-2019 Mathematics Adoption Update

St. Johns County School District curriculum department representatives and adoption committee members have completed the review process for the Instructional Materials Adoption for Mathematics. On January 22, 2019, the School Board will conduct a public hearing to receive comment from the community regarding the final list of recommendations for math instructional resources for this adoption. Committees composed of teachers, district content experts, parents and community members compiled the lists. The hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m.in the auditorium of the District Administrative Building located at 40 Orange Street in St. Augustine.

Please visit our Instructional Materials Adoption page to view the final recommended selections. If you would like access to available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Board action on the final recommendations for math instructional materials is expected to take place at the School Board meeting on February 12, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Adoption of Science Instructional Materials

The St. Johns County School District took action on February 13, 2018, to adopt science instructional materials. A complete list of the adopted materials is available on the SJCSD Instructional Materials website.  A petition period for parents and residents of St. Johns County is open from February 14 to March 15, 2018.  Petition process information is also available on the SJCSD Instructional Materials website. Questions may be directed to the SJCSD Instructional Resources Office at 904.547.3947.

Instructional Materials Adoption

The St. Johns County School Board recently conducted a hearing to receive comment from the community related to the science instructional resources adoption. Committees composed of teachers, district content experts, parents and community members, who served on the adoption committee, declared their top recommendations.  Those recommendations are posted online on the Instructional Materials Adoption web page. This website also provides access to the community for viewing the selections. Board action on the final adoption of science instructional materials will take place at the school board meeting February 13.

If you would like access to available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 547-3947. Materials are available for review from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. when district offices are open.

Public Notice of School Board Meeting on Adoption of Recommended Instructional Materials

In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(c), the School Board will consider adopting recommended instructional materials at its meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, beginning at 9:00 AM in the auditorium at 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida.

The St. Johns County School District curriculum department representatives and adoption committee members including school and parent/resident representatives have completed the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Materials that have been recommended to the School Board for adoption can be accessed via the link below.  Some print materials may be available for review. If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

Science Instructional Materials Recommendations-2017
This document may be revised throughout the review process. Please check back for updates.

Procedure for Contesting Adoption:

F.S. 1006.28 (3) Each district school board must establish a process by which the parent of a public school student or a resident of the county may contest the district school board’s adoption of a specific instructional material. The parent or resident must file a petition, on a form provided by the school board, within 30 calendar days after the adoption of the material by the school board. The school board must make the form available to the public and publish the form on the school district’s website. The form must be signed by the parent or resident, include the required contact information, and state the objection to the instructional material based on the criteria of s. 1006.31(2) or s. 1006.40(3)(d). Within 30 days after the 30-day period has expired, the school board must, for all petitions timely received, conduct at least one open public hearing before an unbiased and qualified hearing officer. The hearing officer may not be an employee or agent of the school district. The hearing is not subject to the provisions of chapter 120; however, the hearing must provide sufficient procedural protections to allow each petitioner an adequate and fair opportunity to be heard and present evidence to the hearing officer.

Public Notice – Hearing on Adoption of Recommended Instructional Materials

In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(b), an open, noticed School Board hearing to receive public comment on the recommended instructional materials will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 10:15 AM in the auditorium at 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida.

The St. Johns County School District curriculum department representatives and adoption committee members including school and parent/resident representatives have completed the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Materials that have been recommended to the School Board for adoption can be accessed via the link below.  Some print materials may be available for review. If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

SJCSD Science Instructional Materials Review 2017-2018 – Updated 12-19-17

Instructional Materials Adoption Update

The instructional Resources and Media Services Department continues to work closely with schools to support and improve student achievement and access at all levels.  Curriculum specialists and adoption committee members are currently conducting the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Resources are available online for review.  If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Printed materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

What is AVID?

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) system is used in 14 schools across the district and trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and career, especially students underrepresented in higher education.

Amanda Bergamasco, Curriculum Resource Specialist, provides SJCSD teachers with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills.  These strategies are implemented across all content areas throughout the entire school campus.  Mrs. Bergamasco and Mrs. Dixon will provide a parent training on AVID for parents at Ketterlinus Elementary School on November 9th.  Please contact the school for more information.

Schoology Update

Brock O’Shell, Applied Technology Specialist, continues to support middle and high schools with their use of Schoology, the Learning Management System recently implemented at the secondary level.  With the recent release of the new assessment tool, teachers are excited to learn how to use it with their students.

Parents have recently been given the ability to create their own Schoology accounts as we roll out parent access across the district.  The parental access feature allows parents and guardians to view their student(s) assignments, school announcements, and grades on Schoology assignments.  Parents are also able to communicate with teachers using the platform.

For questions regarding students’ Schoology accounts and use, please contact your child’s teacher.

Support for School Media Programs

Lorraine Cosgrove, Program Specialist for School Libraries, supports media programs across the district.  Recently media specialists were trained to support the use of Learning Ally, an online resource that provides audiobooks and parent support services to empower blind, visually impaired, and dyslexic students.

Ms. Cosgrove, along with several media specialists from across the district, also attended the state conference for media hosted by the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) where the theme was “Tell Your Story”.  Connecting with students, giving them a voice and listening to their stories is a great beginning to an effective learning environment.

Please contact your child’s school media specialist to obtain information on library/media center activities and resources including books available for checkout, makerspace activities, and accessibility resources such as Learning Ally.