Gifted Education: Program Design on a Shoestring. Dr. Barbara L. Branch Branch Consulting. Objectives. First Day Legal aspects California Standards. State Law Federal Law and NCLB. Federal Definition of Giftedness.
Dr. Barbara L. Branch
The definition of gifted and talented in NCLB is as follows:
The term 'gifted and talented', when used with respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.
Title IX, Part A, Section 9101(22)Page 544
Each district shall use one or more of these categories in identifying pupils as gifted and talented in all categories, identification of a pupil’s extraordinary capability shall be in relation to the pupil’s chronological peers.
CAL CODE REGS, title 5, § 3822
What can schools do to help these students when they really care, but don’t have the funds?
Some gifted students may be candidates for early entrance to kindergarten, or possibly first grade if they are already reading.
Pre-assess gifted students before a unit or a course for mastery of the subject matter and offer a more advanced unit or course.
Self-contained classes for gifted students, particularly in core curriculum classes, help them move on to more advanced subjects.
Multi-age, self-contained gifted classes are even more effective. Learning with intellectual peers encourages gifted students to achieve.
Subject acceleration is appropriate when a student is proficient in a particular subject.
Consider grade acceleration when a student demonstrates proficiency at a particular grade level. Use the Iowa Acceleration Scale to evaluate this and other options.
Dual enrollment in middle or high school, or high school and college, offers challenging opportunities for gifted students.
Offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs for gifted students.
Provide counselors who are trained to counsel gifted students, including advising them of talent development opportunities.
Advise students of Academic Talent Searches, scholarships and academic competitions and give students credit for the advanced courses they take in academic summer programs.
Create a school culture that values intellectual discovery and achievements, where students encourage one another to accomplish more than they would on their own.
Encourage administrators and teachers to educate themselves on the wide range of exceptional abilities among bright students and increase flexibility in addressing the individual learning needs of gifted
For every gifted child who is not allowed to reach his or her potential, there is a lost opportunity for a society in desperate need of creativity and inventiveness.”