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Minneapolis Public Schools is consistently looking for ways to improve curriculum and the success of our students. In reviewing Pre-K–5 literacy resources, it was clear that educators agreed that improved resources and materials were needed. Since our last K–5 literacy core adoption in 2008, there have been multiple shifts in content standards. In the spring of 2016, a decision was made to conduct a comprehensive Pre-K–5 literacy core curriculum and review process. The result from this review was a unanimous decision to seek a new core literacy adoption that would focus on the “Big Five” of literacy acquisition — phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension. Minneapolis Public Schools will send out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a full Pre-K–5 literacy adoption. We will form a curriculum adoption Steering committee and Expanded Steering committee that includes community representatives, and initiate the Equity and Diversity Impact Assessment. In addition, we will pilot curriculum materials in early 2017. We will make our decisions based on literacy best practices, community input and evaluations of pilot materials.

 

Phases for this project
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Minneapolis Public Schools is excited about the detailed and inclusive process for adopting materials that serves all of our young minds, and the input we’ll receive from staff, students and the community at-large. By early-November, we will share an outline that includes dates for open houses and training for our teachers. We look forward to taking this journey with you to improve the resources and materials available to our students, staff and community.

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Evaluation Review Dates
October 24, 2016- Core Steering Committee
November 1, 2016- Core Steering Committee
November 7, 2016- Core and Expanded Steering Committee
November 16, 2016- Vendor Presentations- Core and Expanded Steering Committee +
November 17, 2016- Vendor Presentations- Core and Expanded Steering Committee +
November 28, 2016- DPAC
November 30, 2017- Core Steering Committee
December 10, 2016- Community Curriculum Review Fair
December 12, 2016- Community Curriculum Review Fair
January 11, 2017- Core Steering Committee
January 30-March 24, 2017- Field Test in Schools
February 9, 2017- Howe/Hiawatha Literacy Night
February 13, 2017- Cityview African American Parent Involvement Day
February 23, 2017- Webster Literacy Night
February 28, 2017- Academic Stakeholder Review
March 6, 2017- Feasibility Demonstrations (High Five- Spanish/English, MTSS/Intervention)
March 7, 2017- Feasibility Demonstrations (Advanced Differentiation/IB, Digital Resources, GLAD/ESL)
March 8, 2017- Feasibility Demonstrations (Bi-Literacy/DDL, SPED)
March 17, 2017- Academic Stakeholder Review
March 13, 2017- African American PAC
March 15, 2017- Hmong PAC (HPAC)
March 21, 2017- Community Curriculum Review Fair
March 22, 2017- Community Curriculum Review Fair
March 23, 2017- Jenny Lind Multi-Cultural Celebration Event
March 25, 2017- Special Education and Family Resource Fair and Workshop
March 27, 2017- DPAC
April 10, 2017- Community Expert Panel
April 10, 2017- Core Steering Committee
April 17, 2017- Core Steering Committee
April 19-21, 2017- Curriculum Review of Recommended Vendors
April 24-27, 2017- Curriculum Review of Recommended Vendors
May 1, 2017- Curriculum Review of Recommended Vendors