Category I: Instruction
Procedure I1: Use of Audio/Visual Media in Classroom Instruction
The use of audio/video media in classroom instruction should have direct bearing on the curricular focus. When selecting audio/video media to be used in classroom instruction, teachers should review the media item in its entirety. Teachers should consider:
- the degree to which the media item directly relates to a current curricular focus;
- the general appropriateness of the media item in terms of content and accessibility to the specific grade level s/he teaches; and
- whether it is anticipated that instructional time spent on the media item will have a direct and positive impact on student learning.
Questions about content, bias or presentation should be discussed with the principal or department chair in advance.
Additionally, the principal or department chair should be informed in advance if:
- Use of media item(s) will take up a significant portion of instructional time over multiple days, or
- The teacher feels that the content of the material may merit advance notice to parents/guardians.
Upon request, a student, with parental/guardian permission, may be excused from specific media-based instruction based on the content. Exempted students should be provided with meaningful alternative work. Unless excused, all students should have access to the audio/visual media opportunity.
POLICY IJ: Instructional Materials Selection
Mass. 603 CMR 26.00: Access To Equal Educational Opportunity