Curriculum Developers

Patricia Shelton


The purpose of the World History Instructional Materials Adoption Committee is to carry out the instructional materials selection process and make a recommendation to the Instructional Materials Committee based up on objective evidence gathered during the process. The decision will be based on what is in the best interest of our students, alignment with Washington State Social Studies and C3 Framework Standards, our district mission and core values.

Committee Composition

The committee for World History Instructional Materials Adoption will have the following composition:

  • Facilitated by the Social Studies Curriculum Developer
  • High School World History Teachers
  • School Administrator(s)
  • English Language Learner Facilitator or Developer
  • Special Education Teacher or Developer
  • Parent/Guardian(s)

The parent committee members will be selected from the applications submitted.

Adoption Progress

  • January – February 8, 2023 – Adoption Committee previewed four resources
    • World History Project – OER
    • World History – McGraw-Hill
    • World History – HMH
    • History Alive! World Connections – TCI
  • February 9, 2023 – Adoption Committee meeting to discuss qualities of preview texts

Responsibilities of Parent Representatives

  • Attend scheduled meetings
  • Serve as a communication link to the community they represent
  • Help support informational meetings for parents and community members, as needed
  • Assist in collecting data regarding the instructional materials under consideration


  • Tom O’Connor – Administrator, Newport HS
  • Conor Corum – Teacher and World History Course Leader, Bellevue HS
  • Brittney Baggen – Teacher, Interlake HS
  • Marianna Heckendorn – Teacher Newport HS
  • Janet Towne – Teacher, International School
  • Nellie Pogosian – Multilingual Language ITCL
  • Sally Sue McDonald – Special Education Department
  • Patty Shelton – Social Studies Curriculum Developer

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.