Novel & Textbook Adoption

Novel and Textbook Adoption Policy and Process

Below you will find information on the policy and how to proceed with Novel and Textbook Adoption at DCSD


Novel & Textbook Adoption Policy

DCSD Board Policy

Textbook and Instructional Materials Selection And Adoption - Board File IJ

All other related board policies for instruction can be found here Under Section "I"


Textbooks” shall mean the major information resource(s) both digital and bound materials provided in multiple copies for use by a total class or a major portion of such class.

Required curriculum materials” shall include print and non-print resources such as software, Web-based products, assigned titles of literature or kits that are integral to a course or curriculum content area and required for whole class student use.

*“Supplementary materials” shall mean any instructional materials other than textbooks and required curriculum materials including, but not limited to, books (literary and nonfiction), periodicals, newspapers, slides and transparencies, models, pictures, diagrams, maps, charts, slides, electronic recordings, and computer applications which relate to the curriculum and are available for teacher use and/or student selection. Supplementary materials are used to provide extension, enrichment and support to the curriculum (usually by individuals or small groups).

Other Applicable DCSD Board Policies

Selection of Controversial Learning Resources - Board File IJA

Instructional Use of Media Resources - Board File IJB

Instructional Resources - Board File IJC

Library Materials Selection and Adoption - Board File IJL


Novel & Textbook Adoption Process 

Start The Process Below

Novel and Textbook Adoption Proposal - Initial Request Form - Click Here to Get Started


Novel/book adoption forms are presented to the Board of Education in November and April. Materials must be submitted to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Director no later than:

- October 16th - presentation to the Board of Education in November
- March 26th - presentation to the Board of Education in April

Next Steps

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email  with a link to the proposal document for the novel/textbook you are requesting as well as next steps to create your review team

Approved Novels and Textbooks

Novels and Textbooks In Process 

-The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child (High School)
-Ghost (Middle School)
-The Science of Breakable Things (Middle School)
-Refugee (Middle School)
-Same Sun Here (Middle School)
-Brown Girl Dreaming (Middle School)


-Calculus for AP (High School)

Questions on the novel adoption process? Please contact Tracie King

Questions on the textbook adoption process? Please contact

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