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 Adoption Flow Chart

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 (closed for Spring '24, will reopen after 4/23 BOE meeting)


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 14th - presentation to the Board of Education in November
- March 17th - 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 

During the [April 23rd 2024] DCSD Board of Education Meeting, the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment & the District Library Media Center departments will seek approval for the following novels & textbooks.

As part of the approval process, we would like to offer an opportunity for the community to review the material and provide feedback. All textbooks and novels will be on available for review weekdays beginning [March 1st 2024] For further information or to make arrangements for review, please contact Susan Snider at 303-387-0152 or [email protected]

The following textbooks are slated to go through the process:

-The Colorado Story (4th Grade Elem)
-Illustrative Mathematics AGA (HS)
-Advanced Placement European History (HS)
-Earth Science (HS)
-Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance (HS)
-Marketing Dynamics (HS)

The following novels are slated to go through the process:

Flesh & Blood So Cheap: the Triangle Fire and its legacy (7th)
We Beat the Street: how a friendship pact helped us succeed (7th)
Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (8th)
An American Plague: the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 (7th)
The Miracle Worker (6th)
The Dark is Rising (8th)
Freedom Walkers: the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (6th)
Harriet Tubman - Conductor on the Underground Railroad (7th)
Ten Days in a Mad House (8th)
Barrio Boy (7th)
The Other Side of the Sky (7th)
Hidden Figures (7th)
Fire Keeper’s Daughter (10th-12th)
The Marrow Thieves (8th-12th)
Solito: A Memoir (10th-12th)

Elem = Requested for Elementary School
MS = Requested for Middle School
HS = Requested for High School

Questions on the novel adoption process? Please contact Tracie King [email protected]

Questions on the textbook adoption process? Please contact [email protected]


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