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Elk Grove USD  |  BP  6000  Instruction

Concept And Roles In Instruction   

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Philosophy

The public school is founded on the principles of democracy and is devoted to the preservation of those principles. The district dedicates itself to a cooperative effort with the home, the church, and other community institutions to provide for each of its students, in an atmosphere of discipline, the opportunity and incentive to become the most effective adult he/she is capable of being.

The district will endeavor to instill in all its students, the enthusiasm, knowledge, skills, character, self-discipline, sense of responsibility, self- confidence, and adaptability necessary to successfully assume whatever role they choose for themselves in our complex society.

Goals

1. The teacher is the key to success or failure of the district program. The district shall select and retain teachers who:

a. Are professionally dedicated.

b. Build enthusiasm in students. c. Encourage creativity.

d. Achieve rapport with students.

e. Provide learning experiences which will assist students in establishing sound value systems.

f. Support the philosophy and goals of the district.

2. The environment shall provide not only opportunities for achievement, but shall require performance on the part of each student according to his/her individual capacities --all in an atmosphere of enthusiasm for learning as initiated by the teacher.

3. It is essential that the student be thoroughly grounded in fundamental knowledge and skills in Economics, History-Civics, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and that to this end minimum standards shall be set for progression from level to level in these subjects.

4. The district shall offer an appropriate program of college preparatory courses, a complete program of pre-vocational courses, and appropriate vocational training in cooperation with private enterprise and related institutions.

5. Courses shall be offered in such areas that will make possible a well-rounded educational experience for all students. These should include, but should not be limited to Art, Music, Health, and Physical Education.

6. Teachers and counselors shall provide such guidance as to make certain that every student and his/her parents/guardians are given to understand his/her abilities and what is required to take maximum advantage of his/her potential. As he/she progresses they should be clearly advised as to which courses and sequences will accomplish this.

7. The district should provide:

a. For early diagnosis of student problems and appropriate remediation.

b. Counseling for personal problems.

c. Early identification of students with special handicaps and talents.

d. Such special programs as are needed to meet the individual differences of exceptional children.

The district shall provide comparable educational opportunities for all students. The Superintendent or designee shall schedule staff and classes so that there is a minimum variation in the student-staff ratio from school to school at the beginning of each school year. He/she shall further ensure that the amount and quality of textbooks, instructional supplies and equipment are closely comparable in every district school and at each level.

Instruction in the core curriculum shall be in no way diminished when students receive supplementary services funded by special governmental programs. Services funded by any categorical program shall supplement the district-provided core curriculum and also supplement any services which may be provided by other categorical programs.

(cf. 0410 -Nondiscrimination)

(cf. 6171 -Chapter I Programs)

Board of Education

The Board of Education:

1. Decides the general scope of the local educational offerings in addition to those offerings required by law.

2. Adopts courses of study in supplement to those of the state and county upon recommendation of the Superintendent.

3. Passes upon instructional procedure relating to controversial matters, such as those relating to religion. science social and governmental organizations, etc., within the limits of law.

Superintendent

With the staff the Superintendent:

1. Approves the purchase of instructional materials and equipment.

2. Schedules classes for the various types of training and assigns space for them.

3. Assigns instructors for the various curricular offerings.

4. Decides the general methods of instruction to be used.

5. Provides for the continuous revision of courses of study and presents those for adoption by the Board.

6. Provides for the evaluation of the school system through testing and other types of appraisal.

7. Directs the work of such special consultants the Board may employ.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

51000-51007 Legislative intent, educational program

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

3940 Maintenance of effort

4424 Comparability of services

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6321 Fiscal requirements/comparability of services

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Maximizing School Board Leadership: Curriculum, 1996

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

Policy ELK GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: October 29. 1984 Elk Grove, California

revised: July 5, 1994