6:210 Instructional Materials

All District classrooms and learning centers should be equipped with an evenly-proportioned, wide assortment of teaching tools, textbooks, workbooks, audio-visual materials, and equipment selected to meet the students’ needs. Textbooks and instructional materials should provide quality learning experiences for students and:

  1. Enrich and support the curriculum;
  2. Stimulate growth in knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards;
  3. Provide background information to enable students to make intelligent judgments;
  4. Present opposing sides of controversial issues;
  5. Be representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage;
  6. Depict in an accurate and unbiased way the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society.

A list of anchor materials used in the District shall be revised annually by building administrators under the Superintendent’s direction and shall be made available to the Board and professional staff as a reference.  Anyone may inspect any anchor materials or supplemental materials.

Teachers are encouraged to limit the use of responsive teaching materials to only that which will enhance, or otherwise illustrate, the subjects being taught. All supplemental material must be age-appropriate.

Feature Movies

No PG, PG-13, or R rated movie shall be shown to students unless prior approval is received from the Building Principal, and no NC-17 movie shall be shown under any circumstances. No movie created for theatrical release will be shown in its entirety for the purpose of rewarding students. Movies created for theatrical release, shown in their entirety to support instruction, must have prior approval from the building administrator. However, use of short movie clips that support instruction is allowed without permission of the building principal. These restrictions apply to television programs and other media with equivalent ratings.

Cross Reference: 

6:030 Organization of Instruction

6:040 Curriculum Development and Instructional Resources

6:080 Teaching About Controversial Issues

6:170 Title I Programs

6:220 Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption

6:260 Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs

7:010 Equal Educational Opportunities

7:015 Student and Family Privacy Rights

8:110 Public Suggestions and Complaints

Legal Reference(s): 

General Education Provisions Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g.

105 ILCS 5/10-20.8, 5/10-20.9, and 5/28-19.1.

Date Adopted: May 27, 2008

Date Amended: August 26, 2014