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Tennessee Public Schools New Textbooks available for Public’s Review

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – New K-12 social studies textbooks proposed for use in Tennessee public schools during the 2014-15 school year are on display in 10 district textbook collection sites located across the state.

As in past years, the public can review all textbooks at any time during the six-year adoption period, but public comments on the proposed social studies textbooks must be submitted by September 11th, 2013, to be considered by the publisher. Forms are available at each site for public input.

The 10 textbook collection sites also house all the books on the approved list for all subject areas.

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 address students’ varied interests, abilities, and learning styles.”

In addition to citizen input, a state review committee of teachers is assisting the Tennessee Textbook Commission members with their evaluation of the textbooks. Commission members can also use the professional expertise of teachers in their local school systems.

For the Clarksville area, the Student Text, Teacher’s Edition, and Ancillaries Bid For Contract will be available for viewing at the Austin Peay State University Learning Resource Center located at 681 Summer Street, Clarksville, TN.

After the commission’s September 16th, 2013, meeting, a workshop will be held for textbook publishers to respond to the reviews of their books and to answer questions from a representative panel of the reviewers and commission members.

At their October 2013 meeting, commission members will vote on the new editions to recommend to the State Board of Education for the 2013 official list of textbooks, after which state board members will make the final decision on the official list. Local school systems can then choose which textbooks to adopt from the official state textbook list for a six-year period.

Citizens interested in reviewing the proposed social studies textbooks should contact the director of the textbook collection site in their area.

Public comments regarding the proposed social studies textbooks should be sent to Morgan Branch, director of textbook services, Tennessee Department of Education, 11th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0379 by September 11th, 2013. Citizens with questions about the process may email or call 615.253.3160.

For more information, please contact Kelli Gauthier at 615.532.7817 or .

District Textbook Collection Sites
Site Plan Contact Address
Official Sample Site
Mid-Cumberland District
Plan OS Kim Ralston Curriculum Library
Box 13,
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2543
First Tennessee District Plan B 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
Northwest Tennessee District Plan C Cindy Gaylord Paul Meek Library,
University of Tennessee
10 Wayne Fisher Drive
Martin, TN 38238
(731) 881-7078
East Tennessee District Plan C Bonnie Maples Technology Enhanced
Curriculum Laboratory,
University of Tennessee
A401 Bailey Education Complex
Knoxville, TN 37996-3440
(865) 874-8143
Upper Cumberland District Plan C Dr. Carl Owens Learning Resources Center,
Tennessee Tech University
Bartoo Hall, Room 204
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3851
Mid-Cumberland District Plan C Katie Richie Learning Resource Center,
Austin Peay State University
681 Summer Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
Mid-Cumberland District Plan B Debra Jackson College of Education
Curriculum Laboratory,
Tennessee State University
3500 John Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
(615) 963-5480
Southeast Tennessee District Plan B Valarie Adams Lupton Library,
University of Tennessee/Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 425-4095
Memphis Delta District Plan C Ernie Rakow Learning Resources Center,
University of Memphis
Ball Education Building, Room 320
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-2362
Plan A: Student Text Only
Plan B: Student Text and Teacher’s Edition Only
Plan C: Student Text, Teacher’s Edition, and Ancillaries Bid For Contract
Plan OS: Official Sample Collection, All Materials Bid, Including Priced and Free Materials

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