The Bethel bond measure is providing even more than bricks and mortar.
New math and English language arts textbooks are already in every Bethel classroom, thanks to the bond funds.
Now, work is well underway on choosing new Social Studies textbooks for the entire District.
Kindergarten through 8th grade will get new curriculum for Oregon History, U.S. History, World History and Geography.
High school classrooms will receive new U.S. and World History books, American Government curriculum, and Geography, Economics and Psychology textbooks.
The final choices are scheduled to be made in February, and the community will be given a chance to review the selections.
Bethel teachers and administrators are making headway in determining which curriculum to adopt in Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts and Science.
The Bethel bond measure included funds to replace worn, outdated textbooks throughout the District.
Settling on new material isn’t as easy as it might sound. Textbook companies are in the midst of changing their content so the curriculum matches the new Common Core State Standards, which are being adopted by 45 states, including Oregon.
The new standards will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students throughout the country are expected to learn in order to be successful in college or a career.
Bethel staff have volunteered to be on curriculum adoption committees for the four subjects, and intend on having recommendations in time for new textbooks in Social Studies and English Language Arts to be ordered next spring.
It’s the Bethel group in charge of determining which subjects need new classroom textbooks, which subjects should get new textbooks first, and when those new textbooks should be purchased.
The Curriculum Adoption Task Force was created after voters approved the Bethel bond measure to pay for new textbooks.
The Task Force, made up of Bethel staff members from every level, studied how long it’s been since each subject adopted new textbooks.
They also examined the Oregon Department of Education’s textbook adoption cycle, and Bethel’s student test scores broken down by subject.
The Curriculum Adoption Task Force will forward its recommendations to the District’s Curriculum Committee, which will determine the precise books to adopt for Bethel students.