Teaching & Learning Resources
Textbooks and supplementary materials used in the classroom must be Board-approved. The information below will guide you through the Board approval process.
- Instructions on Using Book Supplementary Materials Database, Approval Process & Online Approval Form
Selecting Supplemental Materials
What Are Supplemental Materials?
- Materials that addresses only a small part of the course content
- Materials that are read or used by only a portion of the class
- Materials that are used in conjunction with a core text to provide differentiated instructional experiences to those students who need them.
- Two or more copies ordered for student use
Essentially, any materials being purchased that are not textbooks will fall under the category of “Supplemental.” Supplemental materials may be any media type (including but not limited to: digital resources, videos, audio recordings), and must be Board-approved if they are to be used with students. All approved materials are listed in one central database.
In order to purchase supplementary materials, one must first search the online database to see if the material is available (See Section I, on page 2 for detailed instructions). If the material is listed in the database, staff members can proceed with the purchase since the material is already approved. If it is not listed on the database, this means that the material has not been approved and the staff member will need to go through the Request for Approval Process of submitting it for Board approval (See Section II, on page 3 for detailed instructions).
Section I - Searching the Online Database
A. On this page you will find the link: Book/Supplementary Materials – List of Approved Materials. Click on that link, which takes you to a FileMaker Pro (FMPro**) server database. At this time, you must be logged in through the network to be able to access the list. You will not be able to access the list remotely from outside our network.
B. From there, you will click on Board Approved Textbooks and Materials – List. From there, you will need to enter your account name and password.
- Username: teach
- Password: teach
C. Once you have successfully entered the login credentials listed above, you will be able to search the online database.
D. You can narrow your search using any of the options listed to search for an item. If you click “Show All” it will give you a list of all materials in the database sorted by title. Each page will show a maximum of 25 items at one time. You can also use the “Next 25”/”Previous 25” buttons to move through the available screens of information.
E. You can click on any of the blue titles (in the left-hand column) to get more information (if we have it) about that item. Each item/title will display all of the information that was collected on a previously submitted proposal sheet.
Helpful search tips:
- When you select “Title,” “Author,” or “Course,” you will then be given a textbox to enter text to search. To begin search, you must use the “Search” button – don’t hit the return key, as this will not actually begin your search.
- When you select “Department” or “Format” you will be given a pull-down menu from which to select the appropriate item.
- Once you have your search list, you can re-sort the items by using the gray boxes above each column.
- The system doesn’t react well to the use of the browser’s back button when one is viewing the individual pages of materials.
If you are viewing the information for an item and want to go back to the search fields, you must use either the “Return to Search” button (to go back to the previous listing) or the “Start a New Search” button (to return to the initial search page).
F. When you are finished (and anytime you are finished) with using the system, please click on the “Log Out” button.
**Note: FMPro web publishing only supports CSS-capable browsers: Internet Explorer 6 and later on Windows 98 or later (or Firefox); Internet Explorer 5.1 or later on Mac OSXv.10.2.8 or later, Safari 1.1 or newer on Mac OS X 10.4.2.
Section II – Request for Approval Process
If the material being requested for purchase is not listed in the database, this means that there is not a record of it having been approved already. In order to use the material with students, the initiating staff member will need to go through the process of getting it approved and included on the approved list. To do so, the initiating teacher must do the following:
A. A teacher or group of teachers can initiate the selection of a new book/supplemental material.
B. The initiating teacher completes the appropriate Chalk/IK12 form (Book/Supplementary Materials - Request for Approval Form), which can be found on this page.
- It is recommended that the initiating instructors be very detailed in all responses so that Department Lead/Chair and Principal have sufficient information to base their approval or denial of the materials.
C. Once complete, the form will need to go through the approval route process.
- The initiating needs to find a second teacher to read/evaluate materials who will provide their name and sign the Chalk/IK12 form. Their electronic signature on the form indicates they have reviewed the proposed material and agree with the evaluation of the material as submitted by the initiating teacher. The “2nd Teacher” will not need to complete anything online.
- Once the electronic form has two teacher signatures, the form is then submitted to the initiating teacher’s site Department Chair/Department Lead.
- If approved by the department chair, she/he will then sign the form and submit it to site Principal for her/his approval. The Department Chair/Lead’s electronic signature on the form indicates they have reviewed the proposed material and agree with the evaluation of the material as submitted by the initiating teacher.
- If the Principal approves of the selection and signs the form, the form is sent to Melissa Duran at the District Office. Once reviewed by District Office Teaching and Learning staff, the proposed material will be submitted to the Board for approval and then included on the supplemental materials list.
- Melissa Duran will notify the initiating teacher and Site Executive Assistant that the proposed material has approval to purchase.
D. If the Department Chair/Lead and/or Principal are reluctant to sign, or if District staff determine more information or consideration is required, the process will not move forward. The form should be returned to initiating teacher with explanation for non-approval. The initiating teacher can revise and resubmit the request for approval.
E. Books or materials not on approved list may be ordered (in quantities of 1-15 books) for teacher use by writing “Teacher Use Only” on the requisition form. Before any classroom or student use, however, they must go through the approval process.
Important notes about the Book/Supplementary Materials Request for Approval Form
- Initiating instructor must complete all sections before submitting for approval.
- Supplementary materials containing any issues of social/sensitive content must include plans for addressing potential concerns.
- Supplementary materials with an MPPG rating of “R,” “NR,” or “NC-17” must obtain further parent/guardian permission for the student to watch the video, even after Board approval. A sample permission letter is available on this page.
Permission Slip for R-Rated and/or Sensitive Materials: Use of questionable materials, including all R-Rated movies on the approved list, must include sending home parental permission slips. Copy and paste this file and alter it to fit the specific needs of your course.
Curriculum Development Evaluation — BP 614: The Board Policy tied to new course development.
Curriculum Development Evaluation — AR 6141: The Administrative Regulation governing new course development. This provides a more detailed explanation of the steps and timeline for the new course development process.
Preliminary Course Proposal Form — E 6141: Form to be completed to intitate the new course process.