The various instructional programs will be developed to maintain a balanced, integrated, and sequential curriculum that will serve the educational needs of all school-aged children in the District. The curriculum will be broad in scope and provide for a wide range in rate, readiness, and potential for learning.
The instructional program shall reflect the importance of language acquisition/reading-skill development as the basic element in each student's education. The first priority of the instructional program will be language acquisition through a planned sequence of reading skills and language experiences beginning in the kindergarten program. The improvement of specific reading skills of students should be continuous throughout their education. Each school educating students in kindergarten and grades one (1) through three (3) shall have a reading program as required by A.R.S. 15-704 and applicable State Board of Education rules.
The second priority of the instructional program will be mastery of the fundamentals of mathematics, beginning in the kindergarten program.
The instructional program will ensure that on or before July 1, 2021, at least one (1) kindergarten through third (K-3) grade teacher in each school has received training related to dyslexia that complies with the requirements prescribed in A.R.S. 15-219 and A.R.S. 15-501.01 which includes enabling teachers to understand and recognize dyslexia and to implement structured literacy instruction that is systematic, explicit, multisensory and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.
Attention to the above-listed priorities shall not result in neglect of other areas of the curriculum.
The instructional program will include planned sequences in:
A. Language arts - reading, spelling, handwriting, English grammar, composition, literature, and study skills.
B. Mathematics experiences.
C. Social studies - history including Native American history, geography, civics, economics, world cultures, political science, and other social science disciplines.
D. Science experiences.
E. Fine and practical arts experience - art education, vocal and instrumental music, and vocational/business education.
F. Technology skills.
G. Health and safety education.
H. Physical education.
I. Foreign or Native American language.
The planned program for all students shall also include library instruction, individual study, guidance, other appropriate instructional activities, and all instruction required under state law and State Board of Education regulations.
Adopted: October 29, 2019
R7-2-301 et seq.
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