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Gifted and talented educational services

Gifted and Talented Educational Services

They’re Not Just Gifted On Thursdays!

Defining giftedness
Defining Giftedness

  • There are many definitions of the gifted. The federal definition has transformed over the years. The most recent definition that appears in the No Child Left Behind Act states:

    “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.” (Section 9101(22)) (Page 544)

Nisd core beliefs
NISD Core Beliefs

We believe that…

  • kids come first.

  • continuous improvement is critical for success of the Northwest Independent School District.

  • the success of each student is the shared responsibility of students, families, schools and communities.

  • environment influences learning.

District advanced academics mission statement
District Advanced Academics Mission Statement

  • The Advanced Academics Department, in partnership with parents and community, will provide students a premier education, preparing them to be successful, productive citizens.

  • In the Northwest Independent School District, the Advanced Academics Department provides direction and leadership to K-12 advanced academics programs. The Advanced Academic services provide support for the multi-faceted gifted education programs which include: Gifted and Talented Program Education Services (GATES), Advanced Placement (AP), and Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) classes, UIL activities, Academic Decathlon, and Destination Imagination.

Gates vision
GATES Vision

The best and most sought-after advanced academics program in Texas where every student is future ready:

  • Ready for College

  • Ready for the Global Workplace

  • Ready for Personal Success

Nisd qualifications
NISD Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 Criteria for Quantitative Data

    • CogAT and/or Naglieri, and ITBS

  • Minimum of 2 Criteria for Qualitative Data

    • KOI, GATES, Slocumb/Payne, NISD Parent Checklist

Goal statements

  • To provide differentiated educational services promoting critical and creative thinking skills.

  • To engage students in an academically challenging and motivating program.

Goal statements1

  • To identify and implement best practices in teaching gifted students.

  • To support the needs of highly able students by providing training for teachers.

District curriculum philosophy statement
District Curriculum Philosophy Statement

At Northwest I.S.D., the education of identified gifted students is based on the following six areas of emphasis:

  • Problem Solving

  • Critical Thinking

  • Creative Thinking

  • Research Skills

  • Independent Learning

  • Communication Skills

Problem solving
Problem Solving

The student uses a variety of approaches to solve problems; develops thoughtful questions; plans, organizes, implements, evaluates, and presents solutions

Critical thinking
Critical Thinking

The student demonstrates skills of complex thinking; sees relationships; examines facts and variables; makes deductions based on logical reasoning.

Creative thinking
Creative Thinking

The student uses divergent thinking; sees things in new and different ways. The student shows fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration in generating and presenting ideas.

Research skills
Research Skills

The student asks open-ended research questions and develops a plan for answering them; gathers information from relevant sources; clarifies research questions and evaluates/synthesizes collected information; purposefully organizes and presents ideas/conclusions.

Independent learning
Independent Learning

The student organizes time and work; uses a variety of resources; sets high standards of quality; completes self-directed learning; develops innovative products and performances.

Communication skills
Communication Skills

The student communicates effectively; listens actively; participates effectively in a group.

Gates program
GATES Program

  • Service your GT children with a weekly pull out program

    • Minimum standard per week and Conceptual Lens:

      • K – 60 min Wonders

      • 1 – 60 min Cultures

      • 2 – 90 min Processes

      • 3 – 120 min Structures

      • 4 – 150 min Change

      • 5 – 150 min Trends

Ongoing lessons throughout the year
Ongoing Lessons Throughout the Year

  • Weighty Words and Red Hot Root Words- (PSAT and SAT Prep! It is never too early!)

  • Habits of Mind-The skills, behaviors and attitudes that effective learners use with dealing with new learning problems.

  • Scholarly Behaviors-(Future Texan Scholars!)

  • Depth and Complexity-Going deeper into our thinking and questioning!

  • Research and Writing Skills

  • Technology Integration

  • Six Thinking Hats-Encourages creative thinking

  • Anxieties and Fears-(The Worry Monster!)

  • Creative/Future Problem Solving Skills (Be future ready!)

Websites for gifted resources
Websites for Gifted Resources

Visit my website for more…

Bottom line
Bottom line…

  • We will make sure that gifted children’s needs are being addressed EVERY DAY.

  • We will make sure that appropriate lessons (differentiated, respectful tasks, tiered, compacted, engaging) are provided.

  • We will challenge our gifted students with dignity and respect.

  • We will honor and cherish their differences, from their classmates & from each other.

  • We will NOT have a “One Size Fits All” program.

Other opportunities
Other Opportunities

  • Duke TIP

  • Destination Imagination

  • UIL

  • TAGT website-student tab includes many games and high interest activities in many subject areas.