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Board Briefs - May 26, 2020

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, May 26 (the full agenda packet can be found here). To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the May 26 board meeting was conducted using the Zoom meeting platform, which allowed attendees to join the meeting virtually.  

Board hears update on new instructional material adoption

As San Juan Unified continues to move forward with the implementation of the state standards and new graduation requirements, it is essential that teachers and students have access to current and aligned instructional materials. To address this need, the Professional Learning & Curriculum Innovation department formed adoption committees composed of teachers, administrators, parents, community members and support staff to explore, pilot and recommend new standards-aligned textbooks and materials for adoption. A wide variety of schools, with all grade and course levels represented, reviewed and piloted the textbooks and materials.

Staff provided the board with an update on the adoption process for three specific courses:

  • American Sign Language 1-3
  • Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Intensive Reading Intervention, grades 4-8

If approved by the board at the next board meeting, new materials for these classes would be available for the start of the 2020-21 school year. 

In other news…

  • San Juan Unified is working closely with the San Juan Education Foundation to explore how the Foundation can support important initiatives as the district heads into difficult budgetary times.

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, June 9. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here. Audio files and transcripts from past board meetings can be accessed here.