Rundle discusses the Mercer Island School District curriculum during the series


Rundle discusses the Mercer Island School District curriculum during the series

Two segments present a teaching materials committee.

As the school year heads into the home stretch and graduation ceremonies take place just around the corner, several aspects of the Mercer Island School District’s curriculum have been highlighted on its website and its Facebook page.

School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Fred Rundle participates in a Q&A with PTA Board Chair Amanda Stoffer aimed at sharing topics of educational interest with District families and the community, depending on the district. Three installments are currently live with a fourth install scheduled for this week.

One segment focuses on the process of notifying families about adopting a sensitive program and the family opt-out process. Rundle said if a refusal occurs, the family could have a conversation with a teacher, coach or principal and a student could participate in an alternate assignment.

“When we have families objecting to a particular play, I think the conversation can be very helpful,” Rundle said, adding that he thinks teachers in the district are doing a good job of being thoughtful and respectful. during the learning process.

In a pair of segments that feature the Educational Materials Committee (IMC), Rundle — who will soon take over as superintendent for the next school year — described the group as a collection of community members with an interest in the district. Board-approved members include Mercer Island High School students, teachers and parents from across the district, and content specialists, such as a librarian and an English Learner Coordinator.

One of IMC’s jobs is to go through instructional materials and rate whether they “would reflect the values ​​of our school district, our community, and whether they are resources that we would like to promote teaching and learning in classrooms,” Rundle said.

BMI also comes into play during periodic reviews of the adoption of new literacy and math programs.

Rundle said that, for example, a new math curriculum for elementary school students might be adopted because the material has become obsolete, “and we are looking for new materials that may better align with the standards or the standards may have changed or changed .”

As teachers and district staff research new materials to promote innovative teaching to better meet student needs, parents and community members can attend open forum nights to learn about the proposed materials, which will then be forwarded to the IMC.

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