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Teaching and Learning Resources

  • Code: GI.AR
    Topic: Teaching and Learning Resources
    Issue Date: 29/09/2014
    Effective Date: 17/11/2010
    Review Year: 2015

Regulation

  1. SELECTION OF TEACHING AND LEARNING RESOURCES
    1. The Principal shall be responsible for ensuring that all teaching and learning resources used in the school are in keeping with the criteria for selection of teaching or learning resources.
    2. The Principal shall review the selection criteria and the objection procedures with the staff annually.
    3. The teacher shall select resources consistent with the criteria for selection of teaching or learning resources.
  2. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF TEACHING OR LEARNING RESOURCES
    The following criteria shall be used:
    1. Teaching and learning resources shall support and be consistent with the programs of study outcomes of Alberta Education and the District, and the expectations of individual schools and district programs.
    2. Teaching and learning resources shall meet district standards of quality in content and presentation.
    3. Teaching and learning resources shall be appropriate for the program of studies, the program's instructional philosophy and for the age, social and emotional development, and learning style of the students for whom the materials are selected.
    4. Schools are not limited to the use of provincially authorized resources, but shall use resources that meet the requirements of the respective program of studies.
  3. PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH CHALLENGED TEACHING OR LEARNING RESOURCES
    1. Guiding Principles
      1. Any parent/guardian, resident or district staff member may challenge the use of teaching or learning resources used in a school's educational program.
      2. No parents have the right to determine resources for students other than for their own child.
      3. Although it is the teaching or learning resource that is challenged, the right of freedom to read, view, and listen shall be defended.
      4. Use of the challenged material shall not be restricted during the reconsideration process.
      5. The major criterion for the final decision shall be the appropriateness of the material for its intended use.
      6. Informal Reconsideration
        The school receiving a challenge regarding a teaching or learning resource shall attempt to resolve the issue informally as follows:
        1. The Principal or designated staff shall meet with the complainant to listen to the nature of the challenge.
        2. The Principal or designated staff shall explain to the complainant the school's selection procedure and criteria.
        3. The Principal or staff shall explain the rationale for the selection of the resource and how the resource assists the students to demonstrate the expectations for a particular course.
        4. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the informal explanation and wishes to file a formal challenge, a copy of the district Criteria for Selection of Teaching or Learning Resources regulations (GI.AR, Section B) and a "Request for Reconsideration of Teaching or Learning Resources - FORM" shall be provided by the Principal.
      7. Formal Reconsideration
  4. PROCEDURES FOR FORMAL CHALLENGE
    1. Preliminary Procedures
      1. All formal challenges to resources shall be made in writing and shall include the following information:
        • date of challenge
        • name, address, and telephone number of complainant
        • name of school
        • age and grade of student using challenged material
        • author, title, publisher, date of resource
        • response to the following questions:
          1. What sections of the resource did you review?
          2. What is the basis of your concern?
          3. What portions of the resource do you find problematic?
          4. How was the resource used with your child?
      2. The "Request for Reconsideration of Teaching or Learning Resources" form shall be signed by the complainant and filed with the principal or designate.
      3. The Director of Curriculum and Resource Support shall be sent a copy of the formal complaint.
      4. The request for reconsideration shall be referred to a reconsideration committee at the school level for re-evaluation of the resource.
    2. Upon receipt of a request for formal reconsideration of a resource, the Principal shall be responsible for:
      1. forming the reconsideration committee including a membership of:
        • one member of district staff chosen by the Director of Curriculum and Resource Support 
        • one member of the school teaching staff chosen by the Principal
        • one school staff member responsible for resource selection (where possible), and
        • one parent or member of the community chosen by the Principal
        • student representation (at the discretion of the Principal)
      2. naming the convener of the committee, and
      3. establishing a meeting date as soon as possible after the complaint is received.
    3. Resolution
      1. the reconsideration committee shall proceed within these guidelines to:
        • examine the challenged resource
        • determine acceptance by reading critical reviews of the resource
        • when appropriate, discuss the challenged item with the individual complainant to clarify the basis of the challenge
        • form opinions based on the material as a whole rather than on words, passages, or sections taken out of context
        • determine whether the resource supports the program
        • prepare a written report accepting or rejecting the challenge
      2. the written report shall be discussed with the complainant.
      3. the written report shall be submitted to the Principal with a copy forwarded to the Director of Curriculum and Resource Support. A minority report may also be filed.
      4. written reports shall be used in cases of appeal. An appeal of the decision may be made to the Principal and then to the Superintendent of Schools.
  5. DEFINITION OF TERMS
    Teaching resources are for teacher use.
    Learning resources are for student use.

References

GA.BP Student Programs of Study
GAA.BP Delivery of Student Programs of Study
Alberta Education - Guide to Education
School Act

(please see Sections 39(1)(b) and 60(2)(b) of the School Act)