It is the aim of BC Waldorf Schools to provide a wide range of acceptable learning resources at varying levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal and representation. The primary role of learning resources is to support and enrich the implementation of educational programming at BC Waldorf Schools. As such, the choice of learning resources are reviewed regularly and updated as needed to ensure they meet the general intentions of Waldorf education as set out in the AWNSA Principles for Waldorf Schools as well as best practice for BC Independent Schools as stated in the Ministry of Education and Child Care Learning Resource Policy.
This policy pertains to BC Waldorf School educators selected by their specific school to ensure the implementation of this policy. Principals, Management, and Boards are ultimately responsible for supporting educators to fulfil their duty to this policy.
BC Waldorf School educators select learning resources according to pedagogical understanding and best practice for BC Schools as set out above. Schools will ensure that selected learning resources are up to date and align with current educational best practice and curriculum. Schools will ensure that criteria for selection of learning resources and the procedure for requesting reconsideration of learning resources is accessible to parents/guardians and students as appropriate.
Learning Resource refers to any material with instruction content or function that is used for teaching/learning purposes. Learning resources may include: textbooks; other books; supplementary reading and information materials; charts; community resource people; agencies or organizations; dioramas; film; flash cards; games; globes; learning kits; data files; maps; models; motion pictures; music; periodicals; pictures; regalia; slides; sound recordings; transparencies; video recordings; computer programs; and ceremony.
Selection of Learning Resources
BC Waldorf Schools shall consult with the Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium as is necessary when selecting learning resources. The following criteria will be used in the selection of learning resources at BC Waldorf Schools as they apply:
Reconsideration of Learning Resources
Teaching employees may challenge learning resources used in BC Waldorf Schools based on the appropriateness of the material. Parents/guardians may also question learning materials used for their children. Though access to the learning resource in question will not be restricted during the reconsideration process, the outcome of the process may include the removal of the learning resource from school use and this will be communicated appropriately.
The major criterion for the final decision about a learning resource is the measure of its appropriateness for its intended educational use.
Each BC Waldorf School shall have school specific procedures for a request for learning resource reconsideration. School procedures may include some of the following elements:
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