Revised: September 25, 2001
The learning of individual students is enhanced by the use of a variety of learning materials which are appropriate to each student's developmental level and learning style.
The Board promotes the development of a resource rich learning environment in each of its schools. For purposes of this policy, resources will refer to print and non-print materials that are curriculum-related, age-appropriate and accommodating to a wide range of learning levels and interests.
Provincially Recommended Learning Materials
Provincially recommended materials support the provincial curricula, are evaluated through the provincial evaluation process. These are approved by the Ministry for use in all British Columbia schools and are listed in the Catalogue of Learning Resources as well as in "Appendix B" of each of the Ministry's integrated resource packages.
Locally Evaluated Learning Materials
Teachers may choose to use provincially recommended resources to support provincial or Board-approved and locally-developed curricula; or they may select resources not on the recommended list. Resources used and not on the recommended list must be evaluated and approved through a local, Board-approved process.
Criteria for the Selection of Locally Evaluated Learning Materials:
- Prospective learning resources shall support or enrich provincial learning outcomes
- Prospective learning resources shall be of high quality in content and presentation, and shall be appropriate for the subject area and for the age, emotional development, ability level, learning styles and social development of the students for whom the materials are selected
- Prospective learning resources shall reflect an awareness of our pluralistic society, and an understanding of the contribution made by women, minority groups and ethnic groups to our society
- Quality and content being equal, learning resources that are Canadian shall be given preference
- Learning resources which reflect a particular bias may be selected to meet specific curriculum objectives.
Delegation of Responsibility for Selecting Learning Resources
Within the framework of the above, the Board delegates the responsibility for selecting learning resources for classroom use to the professional staff employed by the School District. While the selection of learning resources involves many people, it shall be the responsibility of the principal to coordinate procedures for the selection of learning resources for classroom use and to acquire learning resources from funds made available by the Board.
Challenges by Members of the Public to the Appropriateness of Locally Evaluated Learning Materials
In the event that learning resources selected and not on the recommended list are challenged on the grounds that they are inappropriate, the following procedures shall apply: