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 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.

    Current Openings

    • 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

    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

Public Review List

  • None at this time.

    Materials under review may be viewed at the Instructional Services Office by appointment.

    Amanda Garcia