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D200 – Philosophy of Instruction

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    Every Jordan District student is entitled to be educated in an environment facilitated by qualified teachers, who implement evidence and research-based best practices in order to provide appropriate and productive learning opportunities, promote academic excellence, and encourage the development of college and career ready individuals and contributors to our society.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The accompanying administrative policy provisions shall be followed:

    1. Instructional principles
      1. Every student shall be considered a worthwhile, valuable individual.
      2. Every student shall be considered capable of learning which results in progress toward appropriate educational goals.
      3. Every student shall be treated with respect regardless of intellectual, physical, religious, ethnic, gender or socio/economic status.
      4. Every student shall be expected to perform at a level commen­surate with the student's ability, age, and rate of personal develop­ment.
      5. Every student shall be challenged to strive for the highest level of academic performance possible.
    2. Instructional environment
      1. Instructional programs shall be offered in an atmosphere that is conducive to physical and emotional health and safety.
      2. Instructional programs shall be offered in an environ­ment that promotes appropriate school conduct and encourages a cooperative approach to learning and the active participation of all students.
      3. Instruction shall be implemented to cultivate student interest and stimulate learning.
      4. Instruction shall include multiple strategies to address the needs of all learners and incorporate both large and small group interactions, interventions, and enrichment opportunities.
      5. Instruction shall take into account the mental, physical, emotional, social and cultural aspects of all students.
    3. Instructional content shall:
      1. Comply with state and federal requirements and implementation of Utah State Core Standards.
      2. Include training in basic skills and provide opportunities for students to learn to read, write, speak, calculate, and master other practical skills needed for success in the adult world.
      3. Provide a proper understanding of American history and government, which is essential to good citizenship (Utah Code 53G-10-302).
      4. Focus upon helping students learn to reason and acquire course-related knowledge, skill, and understanding.
      5. Provide opportunities for students to learn through direct personal experiences as well as through the exper­­iences of others.
      6. Provide opportunities for students to discover the world of nature and learn about and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of cultures and societies.
      7. Encourage lifelong learning by providing opportunities for students to learn how to study as well as provide exercises in critical thinking and problem solving.
      8. Incorporate the ideals of human liberty, equality, justice, and ethical principles.
      9. Promote the values of ethical character, individual responsibility, economic sufficiency, civic usefulness, and personal health and hygiene.
      10. Respond to emerging societal needs for developing productive, healthy, law-abiding citizens.
    4. Instructional responsibility
      1. Foster student progress, involvement, and coverage of appropriate content by providing instruction based upon current research findings in classroom management, instructional delivery, interaction with students, instructional planning, and professional development.
      2. Education is a shared responsibility.  Students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and other staff as necessary shall work cooperatively for the good of each student.
      3. Student growth and achievement shall be consistently monitored and communicated to parents through report cards, at parent/teacher conferences, and other occasions as necessary.
      4. Instructional quality shall be monitored through a variety of performance evaluations.  Curriculum guides and ongoing staff training shall be provided.
      5. Instructional delivery shall provide for the development of the personal, social, academic and vocational potentials of students.
      6. Teachers shall collaborate in Professional Learning Communities, and share resources and ideas as a way of improving instructional processes in order to sustain a focus on results, a focus on collaboration, and a focus on learning.