This bulletin serves to provide publishers participating in the Category 2 Mathematics Supplemental Instructional Materials Review (SIMR) process with recipient addresses and instructions for the delivery of their instructional materials samples.
A list of the recipients designated to receive samples of your instructional materials is enclosed with this bulletin as Attachment 1. The list of recipients includes the reviewers selected to review your materials, the California Department of Education (CDE), and Learning Resources Display Centers (LRDCs) that have requested your instructional materials. Phone numbers are provided for shipping purposes only.
Note that the review panels only receive the programs that are assigned to that panel. The CDE and identified LRDCs receive all programs that are being submitting for the Category 2 SIMR review.
The deadline for receipt of the supplemental instructional materials is Friday, February 22, 2013. Publishers have been given two weeks to deliver their samples, but they are encouraged to send their materials as soon as possible after receipt of this bulletin.
Instructions for the contents of the sampling packages were included in the bulletin sent to publishers dated December 19, 2012. That bulletin and other items related to the review are posted on the CDE CCSS SIMR Mathematics (Category 2) Web page. [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/mathcategory2.asp]
At the briefing held on January 23, 2013, publishers were provided a Publisher Requirements for Sampling document that contained more specific information about mailing, packaging, and labeling requirements for publisher instructional materials samples. If you need another copy of this document, it is posted on the CDE CCSS SIMR Mathematics (Category 2) Web page linked above.
Reviewer deliberations will be held at the same location as the reviewer training, at the San Joaquin County Office of Education (COE). The deliberations will be held on April 18-19, 2013. All meetings will be open to the public, and we encourage publisher representatives to attend. Members of the public (including publisher representatives) will have the opportunity to provide comment at least twice each day.
Publishers have two options for providing their materials to the deliberations sites. The preferred option will be for publishers to arrange to deliver and set up their materials in the rooms reserved for deliberations by the panel(s) assigned to deliberate that publisher’s programs.
We understand, however, that not all publishers will be able to personally attend the deliberations, or have the logistical wherewithal to set up their materials. Therefore, the publisher may also elect to mail their materials to the San Joaquin COE prior to deliberations.
Detailed instructions for both options will be sent to publishers in another bulletin prior to the April deliberations.
If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, please contact Kenneth McDonald, Lead Consultant, Curriculum Frameworks Unit, by phone at 916-319-0447 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact David Almquist, Publisher Liaison, Instructional Resources Unit, by phone at 916-319-0444 or by e-mail at email@example.com. CDE staff members are happy to talk with publishers who have questions about the supplemental instructional materials review process.
Thomas Adams, Director
Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division
cc: The Honorable Felipe Fuentes, California State Assembly
Michael Kirst, President, State Board of Education
Dale Shimasaki, Association of American Publishers
David Gomez, President, Association of California School Administrators