New, Common Core-Focused Reading Textbooks Available for Public Review

Monday, September 17, 2012 | 10:48 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Education’s proposed reading textbooks for kindergarten through eighth grade are on display for public review at sites across the state.

As a part of Tennessee’s transition to the Common Core State Standards, the new books better align with focus standards in reading and language arts for each grade level.

According to Common Core guidelines, the materials include literary and informational content designed to allow students to go in-depth into each text by re-reading, discussing and writing about what they’ve read.

The department invites feedback from citizens before the books are ultimately reviewed by a textbook committee and voted on by the State Board of Education later this fall. If adopted, students could begin using the new books in 2013-14.

Morgan Branch, director of textbook services, encouraged parents, family members, educators and the general public to visit the textbook sites and to participate in the review process.

“It is very important for the public to have access to the textbooks under consideration," Branch said. “Our goal is to provide a wide variety of materials that enrich and support the curriculum and to address the varied interests, abilities and learning styles of students.” 

The proposed textbooks are on display in 10 sites, and interested citizens should contact the director of the collection site in their area. Input forms, available at each site, are due by Sept. 30. Sites and directors are listed below.

A state review committee of public school teachers will assist the Tennessee Textbook Commission members with their evaluation of the textbooks. The committee will hold a workshop for textbook publishers to respond to the reviews of their books and answer questions. In October, textbook commission members will vote on the new editions to recommend to the state board for the 2013 official list of textbooks.

Board members will decide whether to add the books to its list, and local school systems can then adopt textbooks from the list for a six-year period.

Public comments regarding the proposed textbooks should be sent by Sept. 30 to:

Morgan Branch, Director of Textbook Services

Tennessee Department of Education

Andrew Johnson Tower – 5th Floor

710 James Robertson Pkwy.

Nashville, TN 37243-0379

Citizens with questions about the process may also call Morgan Branch at (615) 253-3160.

More information about Common Core and the selection of Common Core-focused reading textbooks can be found at TNcore.org.

Media may contact Kelli Gauthier at Kelli.Gauthier@tn.gov with questions.

 

Textbook Review Sites


OFFICIAL SAMPLE SITE
MID-CUMBERLAND DISTRICT
Official Sample Collection, All Materials Bid, Including Priced and Free Materials

Commissioner Kevin Huffman / ATTN: Kim Ralston
Curriculum Library, Box 13
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2543
Email: Kim.Ralston@mtsu.edu

FIRST TENNESSEE DISTRICT         
Student Text and Teacher’s Edition Only

Malenia Truelove
Sherrod Library, Acquisitions Department.
East Tennessee State University
Wars-Pickel Hall, War-Pickel Drive
P. O. Box 70684
Johnson City, TN 37614-1701
(423) 439-5815
Email: Truelove@etsu.edu

 

NORTHWEST TENNESSEE DISTRICT   
Student Text, Teacher’s Edition and Ancillaries Bid For Contract

Cindy Gaylord
University of Tennessee
Paul Meek Library
10 Wayne Fisher Drive
Martin, TN.   38238
(731) 881-7078
Email: cgaylord@utm.edu

EAST TENNESSEE DISTRICT        
Student Text, Teacher’s Edition and Ancillaries Bid For Contract

Bonnie Maples
Technology Enhanced Curriculum Laboratory
University of Tennessee
A401 Bailey Education Complex
Knoxville, TN 37996-3440
(865) 874-8143                                
Email: bmaples@utk.edu

 

UPPER CUMBERLAND DISTRICT          
Student Text, Teacher’s Edition and Ancillaries Bid For Contract

Carl Owens
Learning Resources Center
Tennessee Tech University
Bartoo Hall, Room 204
Cookeville, TN 38505
 (931) 372-3851
Email: cowens@tntech.edu
 

MID-CUMBERLAND DISTRICT        
Student Text, Teacher’s Edition and Ancillaries Bid For Contract

Katie Richie
Learning Resource Center
Austin Peay State University
681 Summer Street 
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931)-221-7582  
Email: richiek@apsu.edu

 

MID-CUMBERLAND DISTRICT        
Student Text and Teacher’s Edition Only

Debra Jackson
Tennessee State University/College of Education
Curriculum Laboratory
3500 John Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
(615) 963-5480
Email: djackson@tnstate.edu

SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE DISTRICT  
Student Text and Teacher’s Edition Only

Ms. Valarie Adams
Lupton Library
University of Tennessee/Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 425-4095
Email: valarie-adams@utc.edu

 

SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE DISTRICT   
Student Text and Teacher’s Edition Only

Mr. Scott Cohen
Library
Jackson State Community College
2046 North Parkway
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 425-2615
Email: scohen@jscc.edu

MEMPHIS DELTA DISTRICT              
Student Text, Teacher’s Edition and Ancillaries Bid For Contract

Ernie Rakow
Learning Resources Center
University of Memphis
Ball Education Building, Room  320
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-2362
Email: erakow@memphis.edu