Instructional Resources

Math and English Language Arts

During the 2016-2017 school year The School District of Philadelphia purchased new K-12 Core Mathematics instructional resources and English Language Arts (ELA) anthologies and reading books. The selection process for Math instructional resources and ELA anthologies and reading books was completed by designated Network Teams. Network Teams were identified by assistant superintendents and consisted of principals, teachers, specialists, parents, and PFT representatives. All staff were welcome to attend vendor presentation sessions in order to learn more about the products that Network Teams evaluated.

In April 2016, The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (OCIA) scheduled individual Network Team presentations with vendors. Network Teams evaluated products that were presented by each vendor; however, everyone was provided access to all digital content associated with vendor products.

OCIA then evaluated the rubrics submitted by Network Teams and determined the top two products for Math and ELA (anthologies and reading books). The names of the top two products were announced on May 6, 2016. Schools then selected a Math and an ELA product from the approved list.

The process of this adoption can be accessed by clicking here.


Science 

The most recent District-wide K-8 science purchase was FOSS, 2nd Edition. Therefore FOSS is still the current approved material. As the 2nd Edition is no longer available, if schools wish to refresh or replenish their science resources, they should do so with the current edition of the approved program, which is FOSS Next Generation.

There are no approved student-specific online resources from any science vendor, including FOSS.


Textbook Storage System Information

The Textbook Storage System provides each school with the ability to accurately document the quantity and storage location for each textbook throughout the school year as well as record how the books were distributed from storage. Various categories are available to indicate how the books were distributed.

Textbook Storage System Training Guide (PDF)

Textbook Storage System Worksheet (PDF)

Textbook Storage System Video Tutorials

The video tutorials are an enhancement to the Training Guide. You can find topics from the training guide listed below. If you would like to view training instruction, select the topic below that you are interested in.

School Selection
Main Menu
Storage Location Management
Book Management: Entering Textbooks
Book Management: Viewing & Updating Inventory
Book Management: Book Inventory
Book Management: Moving Books from one Storage Location to Another
Book Management: Designating Books as Lost/Stolen or Unusable
Book Management: Moving Books into Circulation
Academic Division/Administrative Reports
School Reports

Accessing Online Resources

Pearson Realize

Big Ideas Math – Contact the helpdesk@philasd.org to obtain the teacher activation code.

Questions, Concerns, Ideas

Feel free to contact the Support team if you have any questions, concerns or ideas at textbooks@philasd.org.