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2021-22 Elementary English/Language Arts Adoption Committee

As a part of the Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant, RBUSD has identified K-5 ELA Curriculum as an area of need. We recognize that research shows growing evidence that high-quality instructional materials matter just as much as great teaching, and we have clearly heard from our teachers and administrators the wish for updated ELA curriculum and materials. Therefore, we wish to convene an Elementary ELA Curriculum Exploration and Adoption Committee for the 2021-22 school year. Our goal is to finalize the adoption and implementation for the 2022-23 school year. Due to the nature of the work that will be involved, it is highly preferred that committee members are fully committed and able to attend all meetings and trainings, and commit to sharing learnings and gathering feedback from the stakeholder groups with whom they represent. 


Over the 2021-22 school year, this committee will engage in the following work:


*Explore the research on best practices in early literacy instruction through collaboration and training with The New Teacher Project (TNTP)
*Establish a shared vision for excellence in early literacy instruction as a lens for examining CA Standards-aligned Curriculum
*Review policies and tools used to select materials in RBUSD
*Understand the timeline for review/selection
*Engage in reviewing and selecting materials through teacher and leader focus groups
*Participate in informational sessions/PD to experience materials firsthand
*Interact with prospective ELA curriculums
*Help to speak to and engage additional stakeholders in decision making and input


The RBUSD K-5 ELA Curriculum Exploration and Adoption Committee will meet over 2 full-day sessions (September 30, 2021, October 21, 2021, and likely 1 more in January, TBD) as well as monthly afterschool sessions as needed (November, January, February, March, April, & May – dates TBD), from 3-5pm. Additionally, members will be asked to review and evaluate materials outside of meeting hours, not to exceed 10 hours.


At the heart, changing the literacy experience for students and ensuring all students are getting access to rigorous, grade-level instruction in all our classrooms, will ensure that our investments in high-quality materials truly return better learning outcomes for our students.

Committee Members
Committee Member Name Stakeholder Role or Position
Dr. Susan Wildes Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
Lisa Veal Executive Director, Educational Services
Elyse Hertz Teacher on Special Assignment
Kathleen Shaw Secondary Teacher on Special Assignment & Parent
Eileen Leckenby
Coordinator, Educational Services
Karin Sato Principal, Alta Vista Elementary
Mira Baskaron Principal, Birney Elementary
Courtney Meyer Teacher
Breezy Teran Teacher
Jen Conant Teacher
Navika Shewa Teacher
Pam Cadena Teacher & EL Site Specialist
Denine Hollow Teacher
Courtney Baker Teacher
Emily Butler Teacher
Brianne Cohen Teacher
Michelle Kelly Teacher
Kristy Kowal Teacher
Drew Spahn Teacher
Jen Bell Teacher
Lauren Whaley Teacher
Meleesa Smith Teacher
Miguel Salcedo Dual Immersion Teacher
Billy Barnhart Special Education Teacher
Thembi Ramos Special Education Teacher
Trinidee Trice Special Education Teacher
Jessica Wong Parent
Stacie Maziarz Parent
Rachel Silverman-Nemeth RBUSD Board Member
Rolf Strutzenberg RBUSD Board Member