Welcome to the Wake County Public School System Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program 3rd Grade Explorers meeting. This model is uniquely designed to recognize, nurture, and develop gifted behaviors in students.
As defined in our 2010-2013 AIG Plan, the purpose of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program is to provide an appropriately challenging educational program for students who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment.Nurturing gifted behaviors in students is an integral part of the mission of the K-12 AIG Program.
The AIG Program provides a wide variety of services for identified AIG students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. AIG students receive services through a variety of settings; the services are designed to modify, supplement, and build on the academic skills and knowledge attained at all grade levels. Third grade students benefit from the 3rd Grade Explorers lessons provided by the AIG teacher.In grades 4 through 8, the AIG teacher consults and collaborates with classroom teachers. Identified students receive services within the regular classroom setting through appropriate content differentiation. Additionally, some students receive services through resource classes, elective classes, and team teaching as indicated on the AIG School Plan.In high school the student needs are met through challenging courses and various forms of content differentiation.
Throughout the academic year the AIG Teacher works in partnership with all 3rd grade teachers to provide a variety of in-class experiences in language arts,mathematics, and writing designed to elicit high academic performance. Students who demonstrate potential during these in-class experiences receive advanced and enriched learning opportunities in language arts and/or mathematics under the guidance of the AIG Teacher and in collaboration with the classroom teachers. Students in magnet schools participate in elective opportunities. (Discuss options available at your particular magnet school.)
Student groups remain flexible and fluid throughout the school year. Student data collected during the implementation of 3rd Grade Explorers are an integral part of the identification process for 3rd grade students. When we work together to enrich and enhance learning, students thrive.
There are several components of 3rd Grade Explorers.The AIG Teacher leads whole class demonstration lessons within the 3rd grade classroom for all students. Both the AIG and the classroom teacher are present at this time to note student responses and to observe student performance. The AIG and the classroom teachercollaborate to assess individual student performance. Assessments may include rubrics, checklists, teacher conferences, etc. Observational checklists are used to identify students whose responses reflect characteristics of high achieving students for further enrichment. Following the demonstration lessons, the AIG teacher works with small groups of students to provide enrichment activities, offering opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate gifted behaviors. Performance products are collected and used in the AIG nomination and referral process in the spring semester.
The AIG and the classroom teacher use various criteria for participation in small group instruction. Note that these groups are flexible as units of study change.
PLEASE Remember:Your child’s participation in a small group experience does NOT mean that the student has been, or will be, identified for future AIG services. Student work maybe part of their portfolio used in the spring referral and identification process.
Evidence from 3rd Grade Explorers may be considered along with formal and informal indicators for possible AIG nomination and/or referral during the second semester of the third grade year.
At the 3rd grade level, a district-wide effort is made to search out and identify students who qualify for AIG services using both informal and formal data.Teachers collect informal evidence for 3rd grade students as part district-wide nurturing and enrichment efforts.Evidence from 3rd Grade Explorers may be considered with the informal indicators including student learning behaviors, student performance, student interest, and student motivation. Formal indicators such as aptitude and achievement scores from norm referenced tests are also considered for possible AIG nomination during the spring identification window.
The Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program uses many avenues to inform parents and the community. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for attending this information session on 3rd Grade Explorers.
Explorers power point presentation
The purpose of the Academically orIntellectually Gifted (AIG) Program isto provide an appropriately challengingeducational program for students whoperform, or show potential forperforming, at remarkably high levels ofaccomplishment…~from WCPSS 2010-2013 AIG Plan, page 1
AIG Program Service DeliveryK-2: Consultation/Collaboration for IDEP studentsGrade 2 (Q4)/Grade 3 (Q1): ExplorersGrades 4 & 5: Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction AG Elective classes Consultation/Collaboration Team teachingGrades 6-8: Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction Consultation/Collaboration Small group learning experiencesGrades 9-12 Advanced course selection
Explorers ClassesStudents whodemonstrate potential inthe activities will receiveenrichment/extensionactivities in languagearts and/or math underthe guidance of the AIGteacher.Whole group experiences Small group experiencesThe AIG teacher worksin partnership withclassroom teachers toprovide a variety of in-class experiencesdesigned to elicit highacademicperformance.
Explorers Classes Whole class introductory lessons in the 2ndgrade (Q4)/ 3rd grade (Q1) classroom. Assessment of student performance andproducts Small group enrichment activities facilitated bythe AIG teacher Units of study include reading/languagearts, math, and writing
Criteria for Small Group Participation Observational checklists by the AIG andclassroom teachers Rubrics for the products Student communication skills Student interest Student motivationGroups are flexible asunits of study change.
Student ParticipationParticipation in a smallgroup experience does notmean that a student hasbeen or will be identifiedfor future AIG services.
Explorers Portfolios• Student work samples• Products• Rubrics• Journals• Teacher checklistsPortfolios may be a part of the spring AIGidentification process for 3rd grade students.