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  1. Cambrian Union School District GATE Update January 2011

  2. Background Information • 10% or less of K-8 population • 421 GATE students in Cambrian • Not state mandated • Districts choose to be involved • Application process • Categorical funding • Categorical Block Grant

  3. State Regulations • 2001—AB 2313 • Updated and strengthened criteria and process for GATE applications • GATE programs must be • Planned and organized as an integrated differentiated learning experience within the regular school day • May be augmented with other differentiated activities related to the core curriculum. • Application must demonstrate clear commitment to staff development • Parent involvement is important part of local program

  4. Qualities of Excellent Program • Differentiated curriculum • Flexible grouping • Clustering students within classes • Multiple identification criteria • Strong staff development programs for teachers • Parent education

  5. What is not recommended(not supported by research) • Pull-out instruction that is unrelated to state standards or content being covered in the classroom • After school/lunchtime programs which could exclude some students • One-time presentations/field trips.

  6. GATE Vision in Cambrian • Differentiation of instruction as an integral part of each school day, along with challenging opportunities for GATE students to work together to extend their learning • Services designed to meet student needs and encourage intellectual, social and emotional development • GATE services shared responsibility of a partnership of teachers, administrators, parents, and students

  7. Overview Cambrian GATE Services • Include eligible 3rd-8th grade students • Differentiate standards based core curriculum as well as on students’ needs and abilities • Emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills • Foster independent, life-long learners

  8. GATE in Cambrian • History • Services primarily focused on after school enrichment programs • Site GATE coordinators organize programs and help with ID process • GATE Advisory Committee (GAC) grew out of District Advisory Committee (DAC) • Some teachers trained in differentiation • A few teachers GATE certified

  9. GATE in Cambrian Changes: • Moving from only after school programs to in class differentiation • RtI/ExCel cluster grouping • Junior Great Books • Revision of ID process and timeline • GATE Advisory Committee becomes District GATE Council • Parent and Teacher representatives • GATE parent information meeting

  10. Next Steps • Professional Development • Teacher • Characteristics of gifted • Social and emotional needs of gifted • High quality differentiation • Curriculum materials • Principals • High quality differentiation • GATE plan • Observation tools • ID process

  11. Next Steps • District GATE Council • Teacher and parent representative for each site • Principal representative • Parent Involvement/Education • Council • Parent Education Nights • Three this year • In conjunction with Union, Campbell, and Moreland School Districts