Curriculum & Instruction
Curriculum & Instruction is responsible for programs and initiatives designed to improve instruction and student learning. Curriculum & Instruction is foundational work of the Teaching, Learning & Leadership department which is deeply committed to ensure student success leading to college and career readiness.
- Selection & Adoption of Instructional Materials
- Technology in the Classroom
- Meet Our Teaching, Learning & Leadership Team
There are many powerful, personalized ways we can provide instructional materials for students. We strive to ensure our students have access to the best possible tools for learning.
Curriculum and instructional materials should be regularly reviewed to ensure their ongoing alignment with state law, learning and teaching standards, research-based best practices, graduation requirements, and board priorities, and to ensure continuous improvement of student outcomes.
The selection and adoption process is guided by the Instructional Materials Committee, or the IMC. The IMC's structure and work is described in the Procedure:
Instructional Materials Committee (IMC): The IMC is appointed by the Superintendent/designee. Its purpose is to review coursework and curricula on a regular schedule, to create and oversee adoption committees as needed, and to and approve the final recommendation for core instructional materials as needed. To that end, the IMC may create adoption committees as needed to research and review potential instructional materials. The IMC will ensure that adoption committees consider a wide range of resources, including digital resources, and that they consider principles of Universal Design for Learning in reviewing and recommending instructional materials.
The IMC’s chief responsibility is to ensure that the district’s coursework aligns with standards, state law, board policies, and the district’s strategic goals, and to ensure that any adoption processes are complete and comprehensive.
On a regular and ongoing basis, the IMC will review coursework and curricula to ensure vertical and horizontal alignment, and alignment to standards, state requirements, and board policies. If a materials adoption is required, the IMC will also approve screening criteria to identify and eliminate bias based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal.
Current IMC members include:
- Bernard Koontz, Executive Director of Teaching Learning & Leadership
- HEA Representatives: Christie Brown, Cheri Clymer
- Rebekah Kim, Director of Instructional Supports
- Anne Arnold, Director of Pre-K and Elementary Success
- Jami Haskin, Resource Manager
- Jenniffer Reinig, Executive Director of Teaching Learning & Leadership
- Janet Blanford, Director of Secondary Success and College Readiness
We are committed to offering student-centered learning environments through leveraging digital tools. We believe this is powerful because:
- Technology can both help recover and accelerate student progress.
- Students can continue their learning during class time, extended time, or outside the school day.
- Technology can drive lessons or practice directly at each individual student's level.
- Employing the correct tools in a strong instructional model can lead to better personalization, differentiation, and therefore student achievement.
- Meghan Terwiillegar, personalized learning specialist
- Haley Wagner, personalized learning specialist
Chief Academic Officer
Executive Director of Teaching Learning & Leadership - Language Learning, CTE, Secondary Initiatives, Secondary Success and College and Career Readiness, Arts, Health and Fitness
Executive Director of Teaching Learning & Leadership - Special Education, PreK/Elementary Success, Social Emotional Learning, Highly Capable Programming
Executive Director of Teaching Learning & Leadership - Data and Assessment, Leadership Pathway
Instructional Leadership Executive Director - Cascade, CHOICE Academy, Evergreen, New Start, PSSC, Raisbeck Aviation, STEPS, Sylvester, VITAL, Waskowitz, WELS
Instructional Leadership Executive Director - Beverly Park, Cedarhurst, Gregory Heights, Hazel Valley, Mount View, Seahurst, Shorewood, Southern Heights, White Center Heights, Valley View Early Learning.
Instructional Leadership Executive Director - Big Picture, Chinook, Glacier, Highline, Mount Rainier, Pacific, Tyee
Instructional Leadership Executive Director - Bow Lake, Des Moines, Hilltop, Madrona, Marvista, McMicken Heights, Midway, North Hill, Parkside
Director of PreK & Elementary Success
Director of Secondary Success & College Readiness
Director of Social-Emotional Learning
Director of Secondary Initiatives
Director of Career & Technical Education
Director of Special Education
Kristin Percy Calaff
Director of Language Learning
Director of Instructional Support
Director of Title I/LAP & ESSA