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History Social Science Textbook Adoption

Day 1

On October 22, 2018, the AUSD History-Social Studies (HSS) Textbook Adoption Committee participated in an initial day of professional learning on the History-Social Studies Framework and new instructional shifts in preparation for the textbook selection process scheduled for October of 2018. Consisting of 19 teachers and one administrator representing all secondary schools, the HSS Committee began the morning with a welcome, introductions, and a presentation from History-Social Science Consultant, Dr. Michelle Herczog, of the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Dr. Herczog presented an overview of the California History-Social Science Framework; The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards; The Inquiry Arc and the Four Dimensions of the C3 Framework; and, classroom examples of History-Social Science Inquiry-Driven instruction.

The facilitators, district TOSAs, Alicia Braaksma, Kimberly Dahm, Heidi Johnson, Estella Contreras, Anna Kwak, Tracy Spencer, and Stephen Bisuano; Dayna Mitchell, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; and, Arturo Ortega, Assistant Superintendent of Ed Services, would like to thank the AUSD HSS Textbook Adoption Committee for their participation and service!

DAY 2 - Beginning of Evaluation Process

Today marked the beginning of our History-Social Science (HSS) textbook evaluation week! The HSS adoption committee reviewed the scoring process instructions.

The Professional Development Center (PDC) in Azusa Unified was abuzz as the eighteen members of the HSS Curriculum Adoption Committee reconvened to do an in-depth analysis of curricular materials for the upcoming HSS curriculum adoption.

Over a five day period, participants will evaluate curricular materials against rubrics (click here for rubric) developed from The 2018 California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) History-Social Science Textbook Adoption Toolkit, developed by UC Davis; the California History-Social Science Framework; and, the Los Angeles County Office of Education 2017-18 History-Social Science Adoption Toolkit developed by the History-Social Science Subcommittee of the California Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee.


The following is a list of textbooks from state approved publishers to be evaluated this week:

Middle School

· World History & Geography: Ancient Civilizations
· World History & Geography: Medieval & Early Modern Times
· United States History & Geography: Growth & Conflict

Pearson-My World:
· My World: Ancient Civilizations
· My World: World History: Medieval & Early Modern Times
· My World: American History: Growth and Conflict

National Geographic:
· World History: Ancient Civilization
· World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times
· U.S. History: American Stories

· History Alive! The Ancient World
· History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond (CA Edition)
· History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism


High School

· World History, Culture, & Geography: The Modern World
· United States History & Geography: Continuity and Change
· Principles of American Democracy

· World History: The Modern World
· United States History: The Twentieth Century
· Magruder’s American Government
· Economics: Principles in Action

· Geography Alive! Regions and People
· History Alive! World Connections
· History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals
· Government Alive! Power, Politics, and You
· Econ Alive! The Power to Choose



Building on the solid foundation of the first day of evaluating programs, participants spent the third day of the material review process delving deeper into the core program offerings. For each publisher, three middle school groups and two high school groups completed rubric tasks covering the areas of Content Alignment, Literacy and Integrated English Language Development, Inquiry and Analysis, and Citizenship.


The third full day of the HSS adoption process brought another full day of meaningful collaboration amongst each group. In addition to the committee’s continued collaboration, several teams asked for assistance in reaching out to representatives in order to ask clarifying questions ensuring that parents would be provided with meaningful access to assist our students’ success, as well as equitable access to assessments for all students.

DAY 5 – The Reveal

In the final activity, committee participants reviewed the collective data from the rubrics. A chart with rubric task scores was posted for both the middle school and high school programs. The names of each publisher was concealed as part of an objective process to focus on rubric score data for each task. Participants engaged in several rounds of the “Swap Meet” strategy by which participants rotated to different groups to engage in conversations around the data.

Using the data to guide their recommendation, both the middle school and high school committee members unanimously recommended Pearson’s My World for middle school; and, McGraw-Hill’s Impact for high school.

The public is encouraged to review and provide feedback for the recommended HSS curriculum, which is located in the Curriculum Center at the District office, November 7 - 16, 2018, from the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm. In addition, the publishers will host a review of the materials on November 14th, 6:00-7:00pm at the District Office.