Meeting Minutes - February 27, 2017

February 27, 2017

For a PDF version of the below minutes, please click here. 


Issaquah Valley Elementary – Portable 6, Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:30am – 2:30pm


Issaquah High  Holly Beaird 
Liberty High Diane Allen
Skyline High Christine Wieland
Maywood Middle Bree Chang
Pine Lake Nicole Ray
Maywood, Admin Jason Morse - AB
Maywood, Special Education           Shannon Pullins 
TLS, Admin Dawn Wallace
TLS, Science TOSA          Lena Jones
TLS, ELL Tricia Cecil
TLS, Ed Tech Valerie Buck

- Please Bring: laptop or similar, Biology Adoption Binder


  • Goals for the day:
    • Score common assessments
    • 10am: Cogent Presentation
    • Use the EQUIP rubric to assess texts and resources
      Jones gone from 10:15a to 1:30p. 
  • “High School Biology Materials Selection Charter” updated 10/18/2016
    • Consensus model: 80% of the team must agree.
      • 80% of the team must be present
      • 5 classroom biology teachers must be present
  • Neighboring Districts (information listed below)
    • Requested Kendall/Hunt Insights in Biology 12/9/2016  online
  • March 7:
    • Google Expeditions with Valerie Buck
    • SEPUP present at 9am
  • Planned Meetings:
    • Monday 2/27 – currently slated as both a common assessment scoring day (half day) and adoption meeting (half day) ideally this is the meeting for voting on which materials to field test, or at least narrow it down substantially.
    • Tuesday 3/7 – plan field testing for Fall 2017
  • Handouts:
  • Materials to Review:
    • Please peruse the new Life Science STC Materials which will be used in 6th grade starting next year.
      • Ecosystems and Their Interactions
      • Structure and Function
      • Genes and Molecular Machines
    • Miller & Levine Biology 2014
    • Accelerate Learning STEMscopes:
    • Cogent Education Case Studies:
    • CPO Link (link no longer available)
    • BioZone: Biology for NGSS
      • LHS, TLS, Jones: could be a good supplement
    • NSTA: Integrating Engineering & Science in Your Classroom:
      • GLAD: challenging for ELL, mostly not related to biology
  • OTHER:
    • Pearson Update: “The new Miller & Levine Biology program will bear a 2019 copyright, which means it cannot be sold until January 2018. We will not have viable samples to show customers until Fall of 2017. However, we will have the scope & sequence, some drafts, and product configuration available after the NSTA conference in Los Angeles (sic), which occurs at the end of March, 3+ months from now. “

Neighboring District Curriculum

District Curriculum  Link 
Mercer Island Biology (Holt-McDougal, 2012) by Stephen Nowicki
link is no longer active
Lake Washington Biology Houghton Mifflin (2015) Teacher ISBN: 978-0-547-68772-8 Student ISBN: 978-0-547-68779-7
link is no longer active
Everett BSCS Biology: A Human Approach with additional resources
Highline BSCS Biology: A Human Approach with additional resources (specifically notes that book checkout is optional)
Snoqualmie Valley           BSCS Biology: An Inquiry Approach Levels 1, 2, 3
Seattle District Developed
Auburn District Developed yPowerStandards_2012-2013.pdf 
Tahoma District Developed  
Federal Way District Developed "NGSS Life Science" Using NGSS Standards - realigned to NGSS Life, NGSS Earth, etc 
Bellevue District Developed “Biology”, then IB or AP
Renton Insights in Biology, 2nd ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 2007 hts-biology-2nd-edition
Shoreline Insights in Biology, 2nd ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 2007 hts-biology-2nd-edition
Northshore Insights in Biology, 2nd ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 2007 hts-biology-2nd-edition
Kent Integrated Sciences and then AP, IB, or UW Biology 

Mukilteo Kendall Hunt A Human Approach Biology
Edmonds Pearson Biology 
Riverview Prentice Hall • Biology ex.cfm?area=view&wcprefix=cbk&wcsuffix= 9999