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  1. GiftedAndTalentedEducationAdvanced Programs OverviewTuesday, September 11, 2012 PreK-12 Academy, Specialized, Signature, and Magnet Programs Open House Event Jessica Reinhard Supervisor of PreK-12 Advanced Programs

  2. Washington County Public School GATE Programs challenge students to reach their full potential by nurturing creativity, high-level thinking, risk-taking, and life-long learning. Every teacher trained Every child learning something new every day

  3. Background: Maryland Annotated Codefor Gifted and Talented Education “Gifted and talented student" means an elementary or secondary student who is identified by professionally qualified individuals as:

  4. Having outstanding talent and performing, or showing the potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other students of a similar age, experience, or environment; Background: Maryland Annotated Codefor Gifted and Talented Education

  5. “However gifted an individual is at the outset, if his or her talents cannot be developed because of his or her social condition, because of the surrounding circumstances, these talents will be still-born.” Simone de Beauvoir

  6. Background: Maryland Annotated Codefor Gifted and Talented Education • Exhibiting high performance capability in intellectual, creative, or artistic areas;

  7. Background: Maryland Annotated Codefor Gifted and Talented Education 3. Possessing an unusual leadership capacity;

  8. Background: Maryland Annotated Codefor Gifted and Talented Education OR 4. Excelling in specific academic fields.

  9. The General Assembly finds that: A gifted and talented student needs different services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to develop the student's potential. Maryland Annotated Code:Continued

  10. The General Assembly finds that: 2. Gifted and talented students are to be found in youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. (Section 8: 201-202) Maryland Annotated Code:Continued

  11. Maryland offers a continuum of services in gifted education; some serving all students, and some considerably fewer. As program intensity increases, the number of students participating decreases. Maryland’s Continuum of Services

  12. Nurture critical and creative thinking and problem solving in all students (all or most). Discussion protocols. Higher-order questioning. Inquiry-based learning. Primary Talent Development. Student-centered mathematics. Maryland’s Continuum of ServicesLevel 1

  13. Provide additional challenge and enrichment as needed (many). Elementary School-Based GATE and Merit. Elementary Signature Language Program (Spanish). Bester, Boonsboro, Greenbrier, Old Forge, Paramount, Pleasant Valley, Potomac Heights, Sharpsburg, and Smithsburg Challenges and contests. Destination Imagination, Geography Bee, National History Day, Stock Market Game, etc. Maryland’s Continuum of ServicesLevel 2

  14. Identify and develop demonstrated talent areas (some). Academy and CTE Programs. Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. ESSENCE. Magnet Programs. WCTHS. Maryland’s Continuum of ServicesLevel 3

  15. Expand expectations for highest achievers (few). Acceleration (full grade). Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth participation. Maryland’s Continuum of ServicesLevel 4

  16. Highly Gifted Learner: High IQ/non-verbal ability measure. Three-Ring Definition of Giftedness: Above-average ability + task commitment + creativity Maryland’s Continuum of Services Identification and Service Delivery

  17. “Believing in people before they have proved themselves is the key to motivating people to reach their potential.” John C. Maxwell

  18. .02 Identification of Gifted and Talented Students • Norm-referenced testing for all students in grades 1 and 5 (aptitude) • Parent/teacher referral (potential and performance) • Implementation of Primary Talent Development for PreK-2 (potential and performance)

  19. .02 Identification of Gifted and Talented Students School Level • GATE Review Team • Follow GATE Review Team Protocol. • Use GATE Services Referral Instrument. • Analyze data and make recommendations for students requiring services PreK-5.

  20. .02 IdentificationWhat is PTD for PreK-2? • A science-based expert thinking curriculum based on gifted education. • Exposes students to kinesthetic, STEM experiences that introduce the following behaviors over time: • Perceptive • Inquisitive • Communicative • Creative • Resourceful • Leadership • Persistence

  21. .02 IdentificationWhat is PTD for PreK-2? Each lesson incorporates the Essential Strategies that may be reinforced in other subject areas: • Analyzing Attributes • Questioning • Creative Problem Solving “Successful Intelligence” is the synergy of these intelligences: • Analytical • Creative • Practical

  22. .02 IdentificationWhat is PTD for PreK-2? • Students responses to tasks are rated on a REPI scale as the Essential Skills are taught: • Readiness • Emergent • Progressing • Independent

  23. .03 Programs and Services:Elementary and Middle GATE • GATE staff working with grades PreK-5. • Magnet and Merit (grades 6-8) • Primary Talent Development • Parent meetings • Informational • Student support • MEGS Conference October 19th • www.wcpscollegeandcareer.weebly.com

  24. .03 Programs and Services: Elementary GATE • Acceleration/enrichment, shared inquiry, STEM-based projects, other project-based instruction. • Provide instruction through flexible grouping. • Facilitate opportunities for extended inquiry that support core curricular objectives. • Provide opportunities to participate in co/extra-curricular activities.

  25. .03 Programs and Services: Middle School GATE • Merit-level (accelerated and enriched) classes. • English, math, science, social studies, world languages. • All fifth-grade students screened using instruments that assess aptitude, performance, and potential . • Parents may nominate without using GATE Referral Instrument.

  26. Signature Programs for Emergent Scholars:Advancement Via Individual Determination • AVID • Located at ERHMS, NMS, SpMS, WHMS, NHHS, SHHS, and WHS. • Student support and college readiness system for students who have the desire and determination to attend a four-year college.

  27. Signature Programs for Emergent Scholars:Advancement Via Individual Determination • First-generation students who are in the academic “middle.” • Enrolls students in the AVID elective class and advanced-level coursework as per their academic strengths.

  28. Signature Programs for Emergent Scholars:Advancement Via Individual Determination • AVID • Located at ERHMS, NMS, SpMS, WHMS, NHHS, SHHS, and WHS. • Student support and college readiness system for students who have the desire and determination to attend a four-year college.

  29. Signature Programs for Emergent Scholars:Advancement Via Individual Determination • First-generation students who are in the academic “middle.” • Enrolls students in the AVID elective class and advanced-level coursework as per their academic strengths.

  30. Boonsboro Elementary Magnet Program for World Languages and Global Communication Emma K. Doub Elementary Magnet Program for Integrated Arts and Technology Fountaindale Elementary Magnet Program for the Arts and Academic Excellence Williamsport Elementary Magnet Program for Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) .03 Programs and Services:Elementary Magnet Programs

  31. .03 Programs and Services: Elementary Magnet • Programs for our most gifted students. • All first-grade students screened and invited to apply to Magnet Programs. • Students in grades 2-4 will be recommended by GATE teacher, classroom teacher, or parent referral. • Openings at Boonsboro, Doub, and Fountaindale.

  32. .03 Programs and Services: Elementary Magnet • Screen first, then apply. • Multiple indicators of potential are used during application process: • Norm-referenced testing • Interview with task • Reading level • Teacher perception instruments • State testing • Grades COMPOSITE SCORE =

  33. Middle School Magnet ProgramsGrades 6, 7, and 8 • Boonsboro Middle School Magnet Program for World Languages and Global Communication • E. Russell Hicks Middle School Magnet Program for Media Technology, the Humanities, and Communication • Springfield Middle School Magnet Program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.)

  34. .03 Programs and Services: Middle School Magnet • Programs for our most advanced students. • All fifth-grade students screened and invited to apply to Magnet Programs. • Students in grades 6-7 will be recommended by classroom teacher, Lead Teacher, or parent referral.

  35. .03 Programs and Services: Middle School Magnet • Openings at Springfield. • Use the GATE Referral Instrument. • Send the completed Referral Instrument to the Office of Advanced Programs, along with evidence of the indicators.

  36. .03 Programs and Services: Middle School Magnet • Screen first, then apply. • Multiple indicators of potential are used during application process: • Norm-referenced testing • Interview with task • Reading level • Teacher perception instruments • State testing • Grades COMPOSITE SCORE =

  37. “The greatest waste in all the world is living below our potential.” Harold B. Lee

  38. Questions? I think my child may be gifted. What can I do? Elementary Parents: • Speak with the GATE teacher. • Visit www.wcpscollegeandcareer.weebly.com • Complete a GATE Referral Instrument, along with student artifacts.

  39. Questions? I think my child may be gifted. What can I do? Middle School Parents: • Speak with the Lead Teacher at your school. • Visit www.wcpscollegeandcareer.weebly.com • Complete a GATE Referral Instrument, along with student artifacts.