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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
April 25, 2019

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Interested Individuals and Organizations:

Request for Reviewers of Kindergarten Through Grade Eight Health Education Instructional Materials

We are requesting your assistance to recruit individuals to participate in the evaluation of kindergarten through grade eight (K–8) instructional materials for the 2020 Health Education Adoption. This adoption is based on the Health Education Standards for California Public Schools and the Health Education Framework for California Public Schools, including the evaluation criteria that will be adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) on May 8–9, 2019.

We are currently accepting applications for the following types of reviewers:

  • Content Review Experts (CREs): These reviewers are recognized content experts who hold a doctorate degree in health or a related discipline. CREs focus on content accuracy and alignment with the academic content standards.
  • Instructional Materials Reviewers (IMRs): These reviewers are mostly classroom teachers who teach students in kindergarten or grades one through twelve, have a professional credential under California law, and who have experience with and expertise in standards-based educational programs and practices in health education.

In addition to ensuring that K–8 instructional materials have been carefully and thoroughly evaluated against the standards and criteria adopted by the SBE, reviewers gain a deep understanding of the adoption process and the academic content of several programs. This professional development experience benefits both the participant and his or her school district or organization.

The online application is posted on the Health Education Instructional Materials web page at under the tab “General Information.” Reviewers will undergo one week of training in Sacramento on April 21–24, 2020, and will then be sent instructional materials to review at their home or workplace. Reviewers will then reconvene in panels for up to four days of deliberations on July 21–24, 2020. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Please distribute the application link to any and all qualified candidates in your schools or organizations who might be interested in serving on these panels.

We encourage you to help us recruit qualified applicants for these important panels. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Bentley, Lead Consultant for the 2020 Health Education Adoption, at 916-324-2452 or Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in disseminating this information.


Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Catalina Cifuentes
Deputy Superintendent
Teaching and Learning Support Branch


Last Reviewed: Monday, April 29, 2019

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