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Application for Appointment to the 2015 English Language Arts/English Language Development Adoption of Instructional Materials Panel

Applications will be accepted until the required number of active teacher reviewers is met.

Senate Bill 201 (Chapter 478 of the Statutes of 2013) signed on October 3, 2013, allows the State Board of Education (SBE) to adopt instructional materials that are aligned to the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy) and the California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards).

The SBE and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) are seeking candidates to serve on review panels for the 2015 English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Adoption of Instructional Materials. Panel members will evaluate instructional materials for use in kindergarten and grades 1 through 8, inclusive that are aligned with the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and the CA ELD Standards.

Each panel will consist of multiple instructional materials reviewers (IMRs) and at least one content review expert (CRE). A majority of IMRs, as stated in regulation (California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR) Section 9512), shall be teachers who teach students in kindergarten or grades 1–12 and have a professional credential under California law, meet the definition of highly qualified under federal law, and have experience with, and expertise in, standards-based-educational programs and practices in the content field under consideration. At least one such teacher shall have experience in providing instruction to English learners, and at least one such teacher shall have experience in providing instruction to students with disabilities. Other IMRs may be administrators, parents, local school board members, teachers not described above, and members of the public. CREs shall have a master’s degree or higher…and 5 or more years of experience with, and expertise in, standards-based educational programs and practices…, or a doctoral degree and expertise in “research on how reading skills are acquired” as defined in Education Code section 44757.5.

Approved applicants will be assigned one of two sessions of training and one of two sessions of deliberations. Session assignments will be determined by the applicants area of expertise and by the number and type of programs materials submitted for this review. Both training and deliberations session are tentatively scheduled to take place at the Sheraton Hotel LAX in Los Angeles. As shown on the Schedule of Significant Events, training will take place on April 13-15, 2015 (Session I) and April 27-May 1, 2015 (Session II). Reviewers will review English language arts/English language development instructional materials independently at home, and will then reconvene in panels for three to four days of deliberations and the preparation of a report to the SSPI. Deliberations will be held July 13-17, 2015 (Session I) and July 27-31, 2015 (Session II). As specified in Senate Bill 201, “fees assessed pursuant to paragraph (3) shall be budgeted as reimbursements and subject to review through the annual budget process, and may be used to pay any costs associated with the review of instructional materials, including reimbursement of substitute costs for teacher reviewers and may be used to cover stipends for content review experts.”


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Personal Information

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Check One.

Training Materials

Instructional Materials to be Reviewed

Technical Proficiency

Computer Access

Operating System

Do you have a broadband Internet Connection?

Check the one that applies to your current position. Note that teachers must meet the requirements for a highly qualified teacher under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Check all that apply.

* Experience Teaching English Learners:
Have you provided instruction to English learners?

Highest Degrees/Certifications:
List your four highest academic degrees and/or certifications earned and the awarding institution. List your highest achievement first.
Knowledge of Common Core State Standards for English and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS for ELA/Literacy):
Describe how the common core state standards in CCSS for ELA/Literacy might affect instruction and student learning. Use 2,000 characters or less.
Describe a standards-based activity, lesson, or instructional unit that you have used or would use with a diverse student population, including students who are English learners, students with special needs, and students performing below and above grade level. Explain how you would assess the effectiveness of the instructional example. Use 2,000 characters or less.
Areas of Expertise and Leadership:
Describe how your education and experience prepare you to participate as a panel member. As part of your response, please describe your knowledge and use of the CCSS for ELA/Literacy and your experience providing effective instruction to all students, including English learners and special education students, developing curriculum or assessments, and serving as an instructional leader. Use 2,000 characters or less.
Previous Committee Experience:
Have you ever served on a committee that was engaged in standards or curriculum development, or the review of instructional materials? If yes, briefly detail your experience. Use 1,000 characters or less.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

Your answers below will serve as the disclosure of certain information as required by the “Statement of Activities that are Inconsistent, Incompatible, or in Conflict with Duties of a Member of an Educational Policy Advisory Commission or a Committee or Panel Thereof,” as amended January 1978, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Education, Section 18600. Your answers will be the basis for an eligibility ruling in the event some activity appears to be inconsistent, incompatible, or in conflict with the duties assigned to the advisory framework committee.

For the questions below, “immediate family” is defined as your spouse and dependent children (California Government Code Section 82029).

Question 1:
Do you or a member of your immediate family have, or have you had, a business relationship at any time over the last twelve months with a publisher that produces instructional materials for California?

Question 2:
Are you currently employed by or under contract to any person, firm, or organization which will do business with or submit instructional material to the California Department of Education (CDE)?

Question 3:
Have you ever been employed by or had any other kind of contractual relationship with any person, firm, or organization doing business with, or submitting instructional materials to, the CDE?

Question 4:
Do you expect to receive any royalty payments during your period of service on the review panel?

Question 5:
Were you or any member of your immediate family an author, contributor, or editor of (or consultant on) any textbook, other curriculum material, or project proposal that is likely to be submitted to the CDE?

Question 6:
Have you received compensation, do you expect to receive compensation, or do you have any other kind of contractual relationship with any organization that is either a subsidiary, parent organization, or “sister organization” of any entity which will do business with your advisory body or will submit materials to your advisory body?

Languages in which you are fluent (other than English)
Select all that apply from below:

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