Instructional Material Adoption
The North Thurston Public Schools seek to adopt instructional materials to meet the learning goals of the District. Quality instructional materials serve as resources essential to effective learning and teaching. Materials are selected to assist students attain the Essential Academic Learning Requirements, Grade Level Expectations, and Standards required by the District and the State of Washington.
District Policy 2311 (PDF) directs the selection and adoption of instructional materials. Specific procedures for obtaining approval or requesting reconsideration of instructional materials are outlined in District Procedure 2311P (PDF).
Core and supplemental materials are reviewed by the District's Instructional Materials Committee (IMC). The IMC meets six times a year and is composed of teachers, librarians, and community members.
For information regarding materials on the District's approved instructional material list, ask your school's principal or contact Amanda Garcia at email@example.com or 360-412-4416.
Instructional Materials Committee
The Instructional Materials Committee reviews instructional materials recommended for use in schools in accordance with District policy. The committee examines and evaluates instructional materials and makes recommendations to the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning regarding the adoption of materials. The IMC also hears requests for reconsideration of instructional materials.
The IMC consists of three teachers, two teacher-librarians, a principal, a representative from the North Thurston Education Association, and four community representatives, one each representing high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and the community at large.
The IMC meets six times a year, with additional meetings called as necessary. Committee members must be willing to read and review several books and online resources and evaluate the materials using established District criteria. It is critical that committee members be able to read and evaluate assigned materials prior to the scheduled meetings. This is a volunteer position.
- Community Member, High School
- Community Member, Elementary School
- Elementary Librarian
- High School Teacher
For further information or to apply, please submit a letter or email of interest to Sarah Rich, Assistant Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following information in your letter or email:
- name, physical address, and email address
- position for which you are applying
- your interest for serving and your qualifications
The Superintendent will select from among the applicants for IMC membership and recommend those persons to the School Board for approval.
Active Committee Members
Sarah Rich / Chairperson, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Katie Baydo-Reed / Middle School Teacher, Komachin
Debbie Cannon / Purchasing & Compliance Manager
Courtney Crawford / Principal, Nisqually
Karen Edwards / Community Member, at large
Amanda Garcia / Administrative Specialist
Katrina Groen / Principal, North Thurston
Amy Jones / Elementary Teacher, MVES
Shannon Markham / Community Member, High School
Irene Miller / Community Member, Elementary School
Katie Myrick / High School Librarian, Timberline
Conni Van Hoose / District Apex Teacher, NTEA Representative
Antoinette Walker / Community Member, Middle & High School
IMC Meeting Information
Location: NTPS District Office, Room 220
Time: 4:15–5:45 pm
2023-24 Meeting Dates:
- August 17
- September 21
- October 12
- November 7
- January 9
- March 5
- April 16
- May 7
- June 11
- August 13