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Characteristics of Gifted Students
Gifted Education in Arizona
A “Gifted Child” is defined as any child of lawful school age who, dueto superior intellect, advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in regular classroom instruction and who needs appropriate gifted education services to achieve at levels commensurate with the child’s intellect and ability.ARS 15-779.2
The primary role of the gifted student is learner, not instructor, tutor, clerk, or role model.
Work with your table group.
The Bright Child
The Gifted Child
2. Compare your lists with others at your table
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Are you surprised? Discuss.
• Having an ability or aptitude at a level
significantly above what is expected
at a given age.
• The potential for high performance.
Gifted Students have:
• Unique Learning Characteristics
• Unique Social and Emotional
• Strong sense of justice and fairness.
• Self- confident.
• Asynchronous development.
• Tendency toward perfectionism.
• Self-critical and critical of others.
• Emotionally intense/highly sensitive.
• Underachievement/lack of motivation
“Educators, reexamine your own attitudes and beliefs about gifted children and adolescents… All school personnel need to understand the differentiating characteristics of gifted individuals, related needs, and possible concomitant problems. Teachers need to open the lines of communication, and LISTEN, really listen to what bright kids are saying -- about themselves, their values, their interests.”
SAGE (Grades 3-6)
Renaissance Academy (at Highland Lakes and Canyon Springs)
Renaissance at HLS
Advanced middle school classes, high school honors classes at all schools
International Baccalaureate Middle Year Program at Paseo Hills
AP and honors classes at all high schools
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Barry Goldwater
Choice focus at all high schools
“Gifted Cluster Classroom”
A designated class with a specific percentage of students at each academic performance level that typically includes up to 8 identified gifted students. Curriculum is differentiated with an intentional focus on gifted students’ needs.
“Gifted Cluster Teacher”
A teacher who…
understands, respects, and appreciates the unique strengths and needs of gifted students
has or is pursuing a gifted endorsement
participates in cluster teacher meetings and professional development
Plans and teaches collaboratively with gifted specialist or instructional coach
This role can rotate among qualified teachers.
A teacher who…
There is one SAGE classroom at the school where identified gifted students receive instruction during math and/or reading. Students are guaranteed a minimum of one year acceleration.
Highland Lakes- Music Academy
Canyon Springs- STEM Academy
A teacher who…
Our Model:Common Language
Cognitive Abilities Test
97% or higher in any area qualifies as gifted
95%-96% DV places student “provisionally”
This is a reasoning test…not an achievement test! Students cannot “study” for it.
Among students who qualify for gifted services in 2nd grade and do not receive gifted services, 44% will no longer qualify as gifted by 5th grade (NAGC).
DVUSD Gifted Services Handbook
Located on the Gifted page of the DVUSD website
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
DVUSD offers ongoing professional development for free! Consider adding a gifted endorsement to your credentials. Ask your Gifted Services teacher or email Kim Lanese for more information.