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6120 Objectives of the Instructional Program

Adoption Date: 06/14/1973
6000 - Instruction
6120 Objectives of the Instructional Program

The Board of Education establishes the following goals and objectives for the instructional program in Lakeland Schools:

I.  Encouragement and development of the basic educational skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and computing to the optimum level, commensurate with the individual ability of the child:

A.   Meeting individual abilities, through special programs that emphasize increased reading speed with comprehension, critical and evaluate reading, creative writing, group discussion and mathematical problem-solving.

1.    Early and continuous diagnosis of learning abilities through systematic evaluation.
2.    Evaluation of the grading system.

B.   Implementing, at all grade levels and abilities, the programs to promote decision-making and value judgments.

C.   Providing, in and through all educational programs, the nurturance of each student’s capacity and inclination for making aesthetic choices in his or her pursuits and personal behavior.

D.   Providing appropriate numbers of professional and para-professional personnel.

E.   Maintaining up-to-date and properly staffed multi-media learning centers.

F.    Providing broad programs in the Arts, Sciences and Music, including in-depth programs where appropriate.
II.  Development of each student’s interests and the desire to take responsibility for his own learning:
A.   Providing children opportunities to make guided choices in many flexible educational programs.

B.   Making opportunities available for independent study.

C.   Developing programs to modify the behavior of those children who display disruptive tendencies.

D.   Providing, through an expanded program of awareness of student needs, the exposure to Career Information and Guidance (not to be limited to the high school level) by bringing resource personnel into the classroom environment.

III. Development of a positive concept of self and its relationship to others:

A.   Providing teaching, administrative, guidance, social and psychological staff of various racial and ethnic origins.

B.   Teaching students respect for their own property and the property of others.

C.   Eliminating from the classroom the stereotyping of sex roles.

D.   Developing a fair disciplinary system whereby students are increasingly involved in decision-making.

E.   Expanding student understanding of drugs and alcohol abuses through participation in special seminars and programs.

IV. Foster an appreciation of the student’s own and other cultural heritages:

A.   Developing a thorough understanding of, and respect for, the principals underlying the American political, economic and social structure.

B.   Utilizing community resources in the educational process.

C.   Encouraging cultural exchanges on the student level.

D.   Improving awareness of the contributions of various racial groups to our society.

E.   Developing and understanding of the contributions of various religious and cultural groups to society.

F.    Providing opportunities for multi-lingual programs in and outside of the classroom.

G.   Investigating the philosophy, functions, structure and organization of other governmental, social and economic systems.

V.      Initiate a continuing program of research and evaluation:

A.   Designating 1% of the budget for research projects and development of in-service programs.

B.   Providing long-term evaluation and follow-up at all educational levels.

C.   Involving staff, Board and community in the development of innovations.

D.   Initiating innovation using scientific research tools. (Pilot programs, control groups, etc.)

E.   Involving community in dissemination of results of research programs.

F.    Stressing the interdisciplinary approach in curriculum innovation.

G.   Improving the use of computers in educational and administrative functions.

H.   Emphasizing, in the middle and high schools, courses which train students for the needs of everyday living. (Income tax, banking, installment financing, marriage, local politics, etc.

VII.   Establish a continuing evaluation of goals for the District.