Narrative and Informational Supplementary Books/Texts
Requiring Board of Education approval
Narrative and Informational Supplementary Instructional Resources that are texts or books that will be assigned by a teacher to one or more students must be approved by the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education.
The Narrative and Informational Supplementary Instructional Resource List identifies narrative and informational books or texts that support the specific state standards, grade level expectations, and student learning objectives. These instructional resources are used to offer support to Principle Instructional Resources or, in the absence of Principle Instructional Resources, provide a primary framework for meeting or exceeding the standards and/or course description for a particular course or subject.
These include any books/texts that a teacher may assign to one or more students for classroom use including, but not limited to, individual students, literature circles, book groups, and whole class reading.
Therefore, they require Board of Education approval.
The following information outlines the Narrative and Informational Supplementary Instructional Resource approval process:
- The district Approval Request for Narrative and Informational Supplementary Books/Texts form must be completed by a district staff member.
- The request must describe the alignment between the recommended instructional resource and the Colorado Academic Standards and/or Common Core State Standards.
- The request must include a summary of the proposed instructional resource.
- The request must address any issues that might reasonably be considered controversial.
- A copy of the instructional resource must accompany the request, with potentially controversial areas marked/flagged for review.
- The form must specify the minimum grade level for which the instructional resource is being recommended. The grade level at which the recommending teacher teaches is the lowest grade level that the instructional resource can be recommended for use. (e.g. The teacher teaches 7th grade, so the teacher can only recommend 7th grade as the lowest grade level for use of the instructional resource.)
- At least three (3) staff members must read the instructional resource and sign the request form.
- A building administrator must review and sign the completed Approval Request for Narrative and Informational Supplementary Books/Texts form.
- The completed district Approval Request for Narrative and Informational Supplementary Books/Texts form is submitted to the Learning Services Office for processing.
- The Learning Services Office reviews the form to verify that it is complete.
- The Learning Services Office forwards the form and copies of the instructional resource to the District Narrative and Informational Supplementary Resources Approval Committee.
- The District Narrative and Informational Supplementary Resources Approval Committee may accept, reject, or revise the approval request.
- The Learning Services Office presents to the Board of Education the instructional resources recommended for approval by the District Narrative and Informational Supplementary Resources Approval Committee.
- The Board of Education takes action on the approval request. The Board may accept, reject, or revise the approval request.
- The Learning Services Office communicates the decision of the Board to the contact person who submitted the approval form. The Learning Services Office also posts the approved instructional resource titles on the district Narrative and Informational Supplementary Instructional Books/Texts list.