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Novato USD |  BP  6161.11  Instruction

Supplementary Instructional Materials   

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The Board of Education encourages teachers to use supplementary instructional materials which are relevant to curriculum objectives and compatible with district goals and objectives. By using such materials, teachers can introduce content and instructional strategies that enrich the curriculum, enhance learning, help students make critical judgments, and stimulate their intellectual growth.

Teachers shall carefully preview all supplementary instructional materials in order to ensure that, in their professional judgment, the materials are:

1. Directly related to the course of study in which they are being used

2. Appropriate for students' ages and maturity levels

3. In compliance with district and state content standards

Supplementary instructional materials must also be consistent with criteria developed for the selection and evaluation of other instructional materials. If the teacher believes that the materials may be in conflict with district criteria, the teacher shall confer with the principal or designee before using them.

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

When using supplementary materials, teachers shall provide appropriate introductory and follow-up activities. In addition, teachers shall ensure that supplementary materials do not supplant the use of basic texts or teaching activities.

Supplementary instructional materials include, but are not limited to, instructional materials that are designed to serve one or more of the following purposes: (Education Code 60010)

1. To provide more complete coverage of one or more subjects included in a given course

2. To meet the various learning ability levels of students in a given age group or grade level

3. To meet the diverse educational needs of students with a language disability in a given age group or grade level

4. To meet the diverse educational needs of students reflective of a condition of cultural pluralism

5. To use current, relevant technology that further engages interactive learning in the classroom and beyond

(cf. 6142.91 - English/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

(cf. 6142.94 - History-Social Science Instruction)

All materials must be used within legal copyright limits.

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)


When a teacher desires to show a film that has not been approved by the district or county for use in the grade level taught, the teacher shall preview the film to determine whether in his/her professional judgment it is consistent with district criteria for the selection of instructional materials. All films must be appropriate for the curriculum and the students' ages.

If the teacher has any questions about how established district criteria apply to the film, he/she shall confer with the principal or designee before showing the film.

(cf. 6141.2 - Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction)

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

Legal Reference:


233.5 Duty regarding instruction in morals, manners, and citizenship

18111 Exclusion of books by governing board

51510 Prohibited study or supplemental materials

51511 Religious matters properly included

51933 Sex education materials

60010 Definitions

60050 Social content review of instructional materials

60060-60062 Requirements of publishers

60200.7 Suspension of state instructional materials adoptions

60226 Learner verification of instructional materials

60242 Uses of instructional materials funds

60400 Adoption of high school instructional materials

60605.8 Common Core Standards

60605.86-60605.88 Supplemental instructional materials aligned with Common Core Standards

60811.3 English language development standards


McCarthy v. Fletcher, (1989) 207 Cal. App. 3d 130

Fowler v. Board of Education of Lincoln County, (1978) 819 F.2d 657

Management Resources:


Standards for Evaluating Instructional Materials for Social Content, 2000



California Department of Education:


adopted: February 24, 2009 Novato, California

revised: September 17, 2013