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    The Department of Teaching and Learning is responsible for the development, implementation, instructional technology support, and assessment of the district's instructional program. The department's major goal is to provide support to the schools, learning for staff to implement and improve student success. Services of the department include curriculum development, instructional material development and adoptions, instructional strategies, student assessment, staff development, technology applications, and specialized programs. Our schools offer a variety of educational opportunities and support programs for all students. The basic curriculum is aligned to the new Illinois Learning Standards (incorporating the Common Core Standards) and the District 15 Student Performance Targets.

    District 15 is committed to ambitious and powerful teaching that is responsive to the cultural and language assets of all students in every classroom. High quality teaching is present in all classrooms, in all schools, regardless of the content area across our District. This vision is grounded in a commitment to all students as we prepare them to be a D15 graduate.    Our instructional framework is rooted in the following key components:
    • Content: All students work on core content issues in ways that enable them to develop conceptual understandings, develop reasoning and problem solving skills, and use content concepts, tools and methods in relevant contexts. 
    • Cognitive Demand: All students have opportunities to make their own sense of important ideas, developing deeper understandings, connections, and applications by building on what they know. 
    • Equitable Access to Content: All students are supported in access to central content and participate actively in the work of the class. Diverse strengths and needs are built on through the use of an extensive repertoire of strategies, resources, and technologies that enable all students to participate meaningfully.  
    • Agency, Ownership and Identity: All students build productive disciplinary identities through taking advantage of opportunities to engage meaningfully with the discipline and share and refine their developing ideas. 
    Formative Assessment: Every student’s learning is continually enhanced by the ongoing strategic and flexible use of techniques and activities that allow students to reveal their emerging understandings and provide opportunities to rethink misunderstandings to build on productive ideas.

    CCSD15 Curriculum Objections

    Parents/guardians have the right to inspect any instructional material used as part of their child's educational curriculum pursuant to School Board policy 7:15, Student and Family Privacy Rights.

    Persons who believe that curriculum, instructional materials, or programs violate rights guaranteed by any law or Board policy should file a complaint using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. Persons with all other suggestions or complaints about curriculum, instructional materials, or programs should complete a Curriculum Objection form. A parent/guardian may request that his/her child be exempt from using a particular instructional material or program by completing a Curriculum Objection form. 

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