Board of Education gives thumbs up for new instructional materials









Board of Education gives thumbs up for new instructional materials

Parkview High students collect "evidence" in this year's Forensic Science pilot.
High school language labs, “crime scene” teaching materials, and a reading intervention program for older students are just a few of the new instructional materials recommended by staff and recently adopted by the School Board. New materials were adopted in the areas of language arts (grades 9–12, 6–8, and K–3), foreign language (grades 6–12), and science electives (grades 11–12, Forensic Science and AP Environmental Science). The adopted materials were piloted in the fall of 2004. All materials were selected by a teacher review committee based on support of the grade level Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. In addition, materials in health, and student academic support and advisement were approved by the Community Health Education Advisory Committee (CHEAC).

High school Language Arts materials include a comprehensive literature program, writing handbooks, and a variety of novels, as well as a Reading Intervention Program for students who are reading below expected grade level. Also, writing materials were approved for grades K–3 as were reading intervention materials for middle school students who need extra support.
Shiloh High students try out language labs.
Texts and related materials were OK’d for all levels of Spanish, French, German, and Latin. The Spanish for Native Speakers course will reinforce Spanish reading and writing proficiency for heritage speakers to promote learning English.

The recommended language labs provide an efficient, focused, intense learning environment to enhance students’ language acquisition. Labs include software loaded onto the teacher’s laptop; headsets, microphones and volume control for each student; a teacher console equipped with CD, cassette, VCR, DVD, Internet, and production software such as Word and PowerPoint; and an LCD projector to display videos, Web sites, and student projects. Student achievement data with use of language labs indicates higher scores on listening comprehension skills and more accurate readings of student speaking performance. Shiloh High conducted a pilot with the language labs. Materials are tentatively scheduled to be in the schools this fall, pending budget approval for the 2005–06 school year.