ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY
Instructional Resources for Teachers -- Audiovisual Materials
The Board of Education recognizes the important role audiovisual materials have in supporting and supplementing the activities of the teacher and providing the student with rich and varied learning experiences. The board advocates the use of a variety of audiovisual materials to support the goals and objectives of the curriculum. Further, the board promotes the development of audiovisual collections that contain both commercially and locally produced materials that will be made available to the instructional staff.
Revised: December 07, 1999
ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULATION
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND SECONDARY
Instructional Resources for Teachers -- Audiovisual
Administrative Organization of Audiovisual Services
To provide the instructional staff of the St. Louis Public Schools with commercially and locally produced audiovisual materials, the superintendent shall organize and staff a district media center known as the audiovisual services unit. This center shall be administered by a unit director who reports directly to the director of teaching/learning support .
The unit director shall organize and supervise the activities of the various areas of the audiovisual services unit including the film library, photographic services, and production services.
The audiovisual services unit shall be staffed with persons trained and experienced in the design, development, and delivery of various audiovisual materials. This staff shall include, but not be limited to, a unit director, media technicians, audiovisual aides, photographers, photographic lab assistants, and clerical staff. These staff positions will be appointed and assigned by the superintendent.
1. Selection of Audiovisual Materials
The district will create and maintain a district audiovisual materials collection that will include, but not be limited to, 16mm motion pictures, silent and sound filmstrips, silent and sound slides, video tape recordings and object media.
The unit director, with the assistance of district media specialists, curriculum supervisors, administrators, and instructional staff, shall preview and select new instructional materials for inclusion in the district's film library. These materials will be selected according to their applicability to the approved curricula.
The unit director shall establish guidelines for the removal of materials from the collection due to deterioration, lack of replacement footage, or inapplicability. The film library staff shall establish a procedure of notifying the instructional staff of the removal of these materials.
2. Distribution of Audiovisual Materials
The film library staff, in consultation with the unit director, shall establish a regular weekly schedule for the delivery and retrieval of audiovisual materials for the schools. The staff shall also establish procedures for the delivery and retrieval of materials by individual teachers.
The film library staff, along with the unit director, shall establish procedures for the proper maintenance of the collection. These maintenance procedures shall be conducted in order to increase the collection's availability to the instructional staff.
3. Selection and Distribution of Audiovisual Equipment
The unit director, with the assistance of district media specialists,
curriculum supervisors, administrators, and instructional staff, shall
identify various instructional devices, e.g. motion picture projectors,
filmstrip projectors, etc., that are acceptable for use in the classrooms.
The unit director shall annually develop a list of approved audiovisual
equipment and shall distribute this list to appropriate administrative
The film library shall keep a collection of audiovisual equipment for distribution to the schools to meet immediate and temporary equipment needs. The film library staff, along with the unit director, shall establish procedures ensuring an equitable distribution.
4. Utilization of Instructional Equipment and Materials
The unit director, with the help of the media specialists and film library staff, shall provide programs, when requested, on the proper operation of audiovisual equipment, the selection of audiovisual materials and the utilization of audiovisual equipment and materials in the classroom.
5. Production of Instructional Materials.
The unit director shall establish and maintain an area for local production of instructional materials. This area shall have the capacity of producing photographic, television, audio and graphic materials. The unit director shall establish procedures to provide instructional materials design and development services to the administrative and instructional staffs.
6. Production of Photographic Materials
The photographer, along with the photographic lab technician, shall develop and provide photographic services for the district. These services shall include, but not be limited to, public relations photography, instructional photography, ID badge photography and video taping. The photographer, in consultation with the unit director, shall establish procedures for the equitable distribution of these services.
The unit director shall periodically provide the director for teaching/learning support with reports concerning the status of the activities within the audiovisual services unit. These reports shall include statistics on the distribution of audiovisual materials and equipment, the production of instructional and non-instructional materials and other activities of the unit.
Regulation approved: June 26, 1990
Revised: December 07, 1999