Policy IJ: Instructional Materials Selection

 Instructional materials will be selected by the professional staff.When selecting instructional materials, the School Committee expects thestaff to consider the rights, freedoms, and responsibilities ofstudents, parents and teachers. Every effort will be made to:

  • Preserve the students’ rights to learn in an atmosphere of academic freedom;
  • Support the teachers’ right to exercise professional judgment in their work and balance this right with their responsibility to meet the national and state standards as well as published district curriculum goals.
  • Select materials which reflect current research and instructional methodology.
  • The Superintendent shall establish guidelines for the selection ofmajor instructional materials, such as textbooks. Selection committeeswill include teachers who will use the texts, administrators, and otherstaff members if appropriate. Materials selected should haveintellectual integrity, should develop and foster an appreciation of thecultural diversity of our pluralistic society, and must be consistentwith the district Social Justice Commitment. Students, parents andother community members who are interested and/or skilled in the areamay be invited to serve on selection committees or be provided with theopportunity to review materials under consideration before finaladoption.

    All supplemental materials will be subject to review by the Principal and by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

    LEGAL REF:

    MGL 71:48 , 71:49 , 71:50 , 30B:7603 CMR 26:05

    Region Voted to Approve: 12/04/07
    Amherst Voted to Approve: 12/11/07
    Pelham Voted to Approve: 1/03/08
    Effective Date: 1/03/08