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.

AP1:Resource Material Adoptions: Anchor and Supplemental Material Approval
Resource material changes shall be made only after careful study of the offerings of publishers and such study shall be under the guidance of the Chief Academic Officer or Director of Curriculum. Resource material selection committees will make every effort to screen anchor and supplementary materials, keeping in mind the best interests of the students as set forth in policies of the Board of Education for instructional materials.

Anchor Materials –These material serve as the foundation of the course and are accessed by most or all students in a particular grade level or class. Typically, these are required materials and the basis for instruction for a course, unit, or series of lessons.

Supplemental Materials –These materials extend or strengthen the anchor material(s).. Typically, there are several supplemental material options from which to choose. Selection is based on student needs and the instructional strategies selected by the teacher.

Responsive Teaching Materials–These materials are teacher selected in response to student needs and are not a regular part of the course, unit or lesson. These materials are responsive to the learning needs and often serve to connect the curriculum to timely topics or events.

I. Anchor Material Approval

A.  Anchor material changes should be a part of the curriculum review process for a specific subject-area. Notification of the study shall be made to the Director of Curriculum at least one semester prior to the date of proposed introduction of the new text. More than one semester notice should be given when possible.

B. Members of the study committee shall minimally consist of:

Secondary Level
1. Division Coordinator
2. One representative from subject-area curriculum review leadership team
3. Director of Curriculum or his/her representative

Elementary Level
1. Director of Curriculum or his/her representative
2. Elementary Leadership Team Chair or Co-Chair
3. One staff member from subject-area curriculum review leadership team

C. At the close of the study a report in writing shall be furnished to the Director of Curriculum setting forth:

1. Title, author(s), copyright date, and publisher of the text/material that is to be replaced
2. Reasons for the proposed change
3. Title, author(s), copyright date, and publishers of the new materials
4. Title, author(s), copyright date, and publishers of all materials considered in the adoption study
5. Reasons for the selection of the recommended materials which should include a statement of the committee procedures
6. Readability analysis using lexile and text complexity, if possible
7. Alignment to the Illinois Common Core or other relevant standards

D. Upon completion of the study, it will be presented to the Curriculum and Assessment Advisory Council (CAAC). If CAAC recommends the proposal, the report and any feedback will be forwarded  for consideration through the following individuals or groups (in order of consideration): 1) Chief Academic Officer; 2) Policy Committee of the Board; 3) Board of Education–only the BOE may approve the adoption of an anchor text.

II. Supplemental Materials Approval Selecting supplemental materials shall reflect the following:

• To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, practical skills, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards

• To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students served

• To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical thinking and analysis

The goal in the selection of these materials is to provide a framework within which professional staff members and administrators can study and select supplemental materials necessary for meeting individual and building instructional needs. Individual schools are provided the flexibility of selecting relevant supplemental materials but there should also be a district-wide consistency in the selection process. The screening and approval of supplemental materials will be completed prior to their purchase or use.
Due to the nature and variety of supplemental materials, the procedure for approval is simplified.

The procedure for approval is as follows:
A. Requests for approval of additional supplemental materials may be originated by Division Coordinators, classroom teachers or building administrators. Requests should include the following information:
• Title, author(s), copyright date, and publishers of the new materials
• Rationale for approval
• Unit for which the material would be used
• Readability analysis using lexile and text complexity, if possible
• Cost, if any

B. The supplemental materials will be reviewed by a committee from the buildings for which its use is proposed.

C. This screening committee will consist of the principal or their representative, librarian and/or reading consultant, and one or more from the department or grade level proposing the use of supplemental materials.

D. All purchases of materials would need to be approved by the building principal.

E. Approved supplemental materials should be submitted to the Director of Curriculum for inclusion on the unit framework(s).

If the supplemental material is successful in achieving the objectives of the curriculum, it can go through the anchor material approval process.

III. Responsive Teaching Materials Selection

Teachers should use the following guidelines in selecting materials to be used in the classroom for the purpose of being responsive to the learning environment and needs of students.

Guiding Questions:

  • Is the material relevant to the learning situation?
  • Is the material developmentally appropriate for the students?
  • Is the material consistent with the norms and mores of the community?
  • Based on the skills of the students, is the material accessible to the students?
  • Is the material subject to other aspects of BOE policy (6:210)
  • Does the use of this material negatively impact the pacing of the curriculum?

If the responsive teaching material is successful in achieving the objectives of the curriculum, it can go through the supplemental approval process for ongoing use in the unit or lesson.

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