Gifted and Talented Presentation October 20, 2010 Presented by Lynn Gorey and the Gifted and Talented Staff and Administrators
Gifted and Talented Mission Statement Released 1995
The South Orangetown Central School District is committed to providing each student with ongoing opportunities and resources to reach his or her full potential. Experiences that are specifically directed to engaging and challenging gifted and talented students should be an integral part of their learning.
To ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential
To identify students with high potential, and to inform parents and teachers so the needs of these students may be met
To provide staff development and resources for our teachers so that they are prepared to use effective strategies and provide challenging learning opportunities for all students
To offer a continuum of services for the full range of our students’ abilities
BOE Policy Programs for the Gifted and Talented: Policy 4322
The Board of Education will provide appropriate educational programs for students identified as being gifted and talented
Programs for Gifted Students
The Board wishes for the District instructional program to meet the special and individual needs of all its students. Therefore, students with extraordinary learning ability and/or outstanding talent in the creative arts will be provided with appropriate programs, and services, in order that these students may achieve their full potential.
The program for gifted and talented students may offer such opportunities as;
Enrichment activities within the regular classroom;
Special instruction or counseling outside the regular classes;
Special classes or projects designed for the gifted or talented;
Advanced grade or class placement
Adoption date: June 17, 2010
SOCSD potential Regulations to accompany the BOE policy
Ensure that all of our students will have an opportunity to achieve and maximize his/her full potential and talent
Identify students with high potential, and inform parents and teachers so the needs of these students will be met
Ensure that the ongoing K-12 identification process includes multiple measures, including but not limited to , achievement test scores, student performance or products, intelligence testing, parent, student and/or teacher recommendation, and other appropriate measures
Develop appropriate curricular and instructional modifications for gifted students
Provide staff development and resources for teachers so they are prepared to use effective strategies and provide challenging learning opportunities for all students
Offer a continuum of services that range from full participation in the regular classroom to pull-out classes for identified students
Take into consideration the pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards of the National Association for Gifted Students (NAGC) when developing programs
According to the National Association for Gifted Children, gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area or activity with its own symbol system such as math, music or language and/or set of sensorimotor skills such as painting, dance or sports.
The development of ability or talent is a lifelong process. Young children can show exceptional performance on tests. As children mature the achievement and high level of motivation in the domain becomes the primary characteristic of giftedness.
NAGC states that exceptionally capable learners need differentiated educational experiences that consists of adjustments in the level, depth and pacing of curriculum and outside of school programs to match their current levels of achievement and learning rates. Some gifted learners need additional and unusual interventions. Additional support services such as counseling, parent education and specially designed programs are sometimes indicated
NAGC estimates that about 5 % of US children are considered gifted.
Giftedness includes high task commitment and the ability to see a project through to its successful conclusion, and this ability is a central component of giftedness along with high ability and high creativity (Renzulli and Reis, 1985)
Both quantitative and qualitative selection criteria are needed in the accurate identification of a gifted student.
We will address the area of identification in more detail later in the presentation
What is RTI and how does it help students who are gifted and talented?
Response to Intervention is a problem solving framework that focuses on providing high quality instruction and intervention matched to student needs.
RTI addresses the instructional and social/emotional needs of students using research-based strategies and ongoing progress monitoring.
RTI is mandated as part of the reauthorization of IDEA in 2004
Good curriculum and instruction in classrooms will meet the needs of most students. All students need rich learning experiences that are organized around key concepts and ideas. They need relevant, meaningful activities and opportunities to grapple with real world problems. Students need structure and choice.
Instruction needs to be paced according to student needs.
Students need to be appropriately challenged and coached when needed.
By focusing first on assuring high quality instruction for all in the classroom, the potential is there to raise the “floor” for gifted students, improving the match between their needs and instruction.
Gifted and talented/high ability learners may need specific supports to make progress. For example: instruction in small group pull out could be designed to meet the specific skill deficits of Twice Exceptional students who may not be meeting established benchmarks or students might be working with assignments that are more complex and involve greater depth than the regular classroom work.
Tier 2 instruction is explicit and aligned with Tier 1 instruction. This instruction can be delivered in a pull out program or a push in service. The service could be provided by a g/t teacher, a reading specialist, a special education teacher, a psychologist, a speech and language teacher, etc.
Tier 2 instruction can also be considered as enrollment in Honors or Advanced placement classes.
Tier 3 refers to evidence based intensive targeted interventions for students whose academic and intellectual needs are not being met by Tier 1 or Tier 2.
Children and adolescents who might need this intervention are highly gifted (IQ of 145 or greater) or exceptionally gifted (IQ 180+). This small percentage of students requires radical acceleration, dual enrollment, specialized counseling or participation in specialized classroom. Some types of acceleration include: single subject acceleration, whole grade skipping, early school entrance, early college admission, credit by examination, virtual courses.
Individuals with an IQ of 145+ appear in the population at a ratio of 1 in 1,1000. Individuals with an IQ of 160+ appear in the population at a ratio of 1 in 10,000 and 180+ appear at a ratio of 1 in a million.
The defining characteristics of the twice-exceptional learner is evidence of high performance or potential in a gift, talent, or ability combined with a disability that suppresses the student’s ability to achieve according to his/her potential (Brody & Mills, 1997).
Twice exceptional students will be found in all three tiers and will need interventions that differ from students with disabilities who are not gifted.
Teachers need to be sensitive to the contradictions that might exist. This group of students is highly diverse but there are some patterns that we can use to help teachers. We will offer staff development this year at each building to help teachers understand twice exceptional learners and plan effective instructional strategies to meet their needs.
We encourage parents to share additional information that could help in the identification and support of these learners
Gifted Education should be delivered using a tiered model of programming. Levels of intensity in programming allows for the diverse needs of high ability learners. A continuum of programs and services need to be in place. One size doesn’t fit all.
The problem solving process which uses data, strengths and interests of students to implement appropriate, rigorous and relevant curriculum and instruction are strengths of RTI process and apply to all students
*RTI Building level teams and the RTI District level team are Data Inquiry Teams. The teams will review the progress of the gifted and talented students as part of their yearly work. We will also continue to do longitudinal studies on our gifted and talented students
RTI interventions for gifted students should target underachievement where applicable .
Beth Collins will be convening a focus group for parents. Parents can share their ideas and ask questions regarding the identification process and communication.
We are looking to better define our process and procedures for identifying a Talent Pool of students that will serve as the major (but not the only) target group for participation in a wide variety of supplementary services. This is based on the research of Dr. Joseph Renzulli. Mrs. Collins will explain the components of this process with the focus group and bring back their ideas to the Gifted and Talented Leadership team.
Mrs. Collins will report back to the Curriculum Council at the end of the 10-11 school year with an update on the process and communication related to identification.
TZE GIFTED and Talented PROGRAM Push in 1x/six day cycle Pull-out 1x/six day cycle Identified students receive:
“ It is a daunting task, being an educator, bearing the responsibility for shaping both the academics and the attitudes. Accountability, as defined in today’s schools, often measures the easy stuff: the math facts memorized, the commas placed correctly, the historical events sequenced. But the true measure of an educator’s teaching performance is not so readily determined. No computer scanned bubble sheet measures how our students feel about learning, or their biases toward self and others. These indexes, the true value of learning and education, elude detection and measurement, sometimes for years…So brave educators wishing to enhance both students’ self-concepts and their achievements must be content with not knowing the immediate or long-term impacts of their actions .”
Delisle, J. R. (1992). Guiding the social and emotional development of gifted youth: A practical guide for educators and counselors . New York: Longman (pp. 49-50)
Thank you please visit the district website for ongoing information about the programs and projects.
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