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Portland Public Schools

 
Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

  • Resources for New Teachers

    How to Order Textbooks

    Grades K-5 Teachers

    If you are very lucky, the teacher you have inherited your classroom curriculum from was very organized, and all the materials you need to start teaching are ready to go!   If you find that is not the case, replacement materials can be ordered for you. 

        • Reading - Scott Foresman "Reading Street" materials can be ordered from Textbook Services.  See Placing a Textbook Request for more information.
        • Mathematics - The "Bridges" adoption is just now starting its fifth year, so Textbook Services is not yet replacing lost or missing materials.  You can request that your school place an order for you with the Math Learning Center - Bridges kit inventory lists can be found on the Math Team's website
        • Science - Circulating FOSS and STC science kits are available for check-out.  See How to Order Science Kits below for more information.

    Grades 6-12 Teachers

    For a fairly complete look at the curriculum materials available to you, visit the Textbook Services "Adopted Curriculum Materials" web page.  This site is connected to our relational database and fleshes out the individual elements of each curriculum. 

    Placing a Textbook Request

    Please check with your school's Textbook Clerk or Library Staffer before placing an order; the textbooks and materials you need may already be available at your school. 

    To place an order for textbooks, please email textbooks@pps.net with the following information:

        • Your Name
        • Your School
        • Any information you have on the textbook titles that you are looking for, including: ISBN, Publisher info, edition, etc.

    Please keep in mind that we receive hundreds of email requests at the beginning of the school year.  The more complete your request, the faster we can fill your order for delivery to your classroom.

    Checking Your Textbook Order Status

    You can check the status of your request by visiting the "Instructional Materials Request" webpage. Click on your school and orders are displayed by the most recent order filled.  If you do not see your order, please be paitent and give Textbooks Services a chance to get it entered.

    How to Order Science Kits

    K-5 FOSS and STC science kits can be ordered as needed from the Multimedia Library’s website at http://www-av.pps.k12.or.us/.  

    For a complete list of K-5 science kits and loaner libraries that are available for check-out see http://www-av.pps.k12.or.us/lcl_sciencekits.htx.

    For a step-by-step tutorial, see http://www-av.pps.k12.or.us/192/mm/howtoorderscikits.pdf.

    Mid-Level Science Kits

    For the 2012-2013 school year, a new science adoption (SEPUP) for grades 6-8 was implemented.  The adoption includes science kits on a seasonal rotation for all mid-level science teachers.  Questions about the SEPUP science kit rotation should be directed to sciencekits@pps.net

    How to Order Multimedia Resources

    The Multimedia Library contains over 4,000 titles in all subject areas and in a variety of formats. DVDs, Literature Sets, K-5 science kits as well as instant access to Learn360 digital media titles can be found by visiting the Multimedia Library's web catalog at: http://www-av.pps.k12.or.us

    For Tutorials and help for Searching, Browsing and Ordering from the Multimedia Library's web catalog, see http://media3.pps.k12.or.us/doc/help_tutorial_list.htx 

    For a complete list of Literature Sets available for check-out see http://www-av.pps.k12.or.us/lcl_litsets.htx 

    How to Access Digital Media Resources

    Learn360

    The District currently subscribes to Learn360, which offers outstanding K-12 content from PBS, National Geographic, Standard Deviants, Slim Goodbody, Sunburst Visual Media™ and dozens of other educational video producers.

    We have created "Access Code Sheets" which contain registration information and school pass keys for Learn360. These code sheets are posted on the IRC's Digital Media  Connect site by school name. Each access code sheet can be downloaded, printed, and shared with teachers and staff at your school.

    More Digital Media Resources

    There are many websites that offer FREE educational digital media resources created for teachers and students. To ensure that these materials are suitable for your students, always preview and evaluate any digital media resource before using it in your classroom.  For a comprehensive list, visit http://www-av.pps.k12.or.us/lcl_dmedia.htx.

    Help! The Teacher that had my classroom was a HOARDER!
     
    If you find yourself buried in adopted or obsolete curriculum, professional books, etc., these materials can be packed up and sent to the Curriculum Reclamation Program -- see the website for more information.
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