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  • This is an opportunity to share general information with you about the G/T Program. If you would like to discuss questions related to individual situations or individual student progress, we would be happy to schedule a conference with you at a later time.
  • 2 roles of the GT Resource Teacher • talent development through GT Instructional Seminars • advanced-level curriculum & instruction through GT Math & CEUs
  • The HCPSS Gifted & Talented Education Program is aligned with the: National gifted education standards established by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) National content standards Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) learning outcomes HCPSS Bridge to Excellence Comprehensive Plan.
  • The HCPSS G/T Program has a twenty year history of talent development. The original program was modeled on Joseph Renzulli’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model developed in the 1980’s.
  • The design of the program components allow students to engage in ascending levels of intellectual challenge to help them grow from consumers of knowledge to producers of original knowledge. General exploratory experiences are part of the school culture now and are part of every student’s educational experience. These include guest speakers, field trips, cultural arts programs, etc. that help to spark students’ interest in a wide variety of topics. These offerings provide the “how-to” skills and advanced-level content to prepare students for advanced-level courses in middle and high school. The highest level of differentiation offered for advanced-level students at the elementary level are G/T Research Investigations and Creative Productions. These year-long offerings allow students to design their own learning experience on a topic of great interest to them. The students identify a real-world problem or area of personal talent that they would like to develop through advanced-level research. They work with an expert advisor to develop a product that is shared with an authentic audience.
  • These four goals are the foundation of the 5-year G/T Strategic Plan for HCPSS. They are designed to meet the needs of our students, the community, and our staff - all elements essential to guarantee the success of our students.
  • Components of the elementary GT Education Program
  • Students do not skip any mathematics objectives, but rather cover 4 years of mathematics objectives in two years at an accelerated pace. The G/T resource teacher provides the student’s entire mathematics instruction on a daily basis. Although G/T Math is not offered until 4th grade, grades 1- 3 offer accelerated mathematics one year above grade level. (ex. - 3rd grade students working on 4th grade objectives) Students who successfully complete G/T Math in grades 4 & 5 are eligible for G/T Math in middle school - 6th grade Prealgebra G/T and 7th grade Algebra I/Data Analysis G/T. Students can complete courses offerings through Differential Equations in high school.
  • Rigorous, interdisciplinary units with strong advanced-level reading and writing components. The topics extend from HCPSS Essential Curriculum and support Maryland Learning Outcomes. Students are selected for participation in these units based on multiple criteria such as MSA scores, local assessments, report card grades, teacher recommendations, student work samples, demonstrated passion for the particular topic, etc. Students may participate in one or more of the units based on their needs. No report card grades are assigned. However, the grades from various assignments from the unit may be incorporated into the report card grade.
  • These units are required at all elementary schools. Additional units will be offered based on current events and the students’ needs.
  • Purpose is to develop talent in areas of student interest & to provide advanced-level skills instruction.
  • Here are some examples of several instructional seminar strands that are offered at all three levels. Writing strand for students who love to write and would like to publish their work. The literary strand of book clubs is designed for students who love to read and share their insights with others who have read the same pieces. The Stock Market Game is designed for students who love to explore our country’s economic structure and to apply their mathematical skills in a real world setting. These kinds of offerings may result in Intern-Mentor placements in high school that reflect this interest.
  • Research Investigations & Creative Productions represent the highest level of differentiation for students. Necessary skills include: Passion for the topic that will sustain the student throughout the long investigation. Self-motivation that enables the student to apply the many different advanced-level skills to his/her unique investigation.
  • Gt Orientation Project Sept. 2008 2

    2. 2. <ul><li>Mrs. Jessica Brown </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Amy Cargiulo </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Danelle Houck </li></ul>Gifted and Talented Program Specialists
    3. 3. Role of the G/T Resource Teacher Talent Development Advanced-Level Curriculum & Instruction
    5. 5. The mission of the Howard County Gifted and Talented Education Program is to recognize and develop talent in advanced-level students.
    6. 6. The School-Wide Enrichment Program Exploratory Experiences G/T Research Investigations & Creative Productions G/T Enrichment Units And G/T Content Classes Students as Consumers of Knowledge Students as Producers of Knowledge G/T Instructional Seminars I II III Advanced-level Content & Skills
    7. 7. The G/T Education Program goals are to: <ul><li>Accelerate the achievement of students who participate in the G/T Education Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase successful participation of underrepresented populations of students in G/T Education Program offerings. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a highly qualified professional staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and implement a comprehensive plan for G/T Education Program communication and community involvement. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Elementary G/T Education Program Instructional Services <ul><li>G/T Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>G/T Curriculum Extension Units </li></ul><ul><li>G/T Instructional Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>G/T Research Investigations </li></ul>
    9. 9. G/T Mathematics <ul><li>Curriculum is enriched & accelerated by two years </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is on problem solving and application of mathematical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Daily mathematics instruction by the G/T Resource Teacher (1 hour 15 minutes/day) </li></ul><ul><li>Testing required for students nominated by teachers or parents </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>McDougal Littell Course 1 (fourth grade) and Course 2 (fifth grade) </li></ul><ul><li>Offers many on-line resources as well as on-line textbook </li></ul><ul><li>student login: acargiulo, jbrown, or dhouck </li></ul><ul><li>student password: pres </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>New Textbook Series
    11. 11. <ul><li>Math on Call </li></ul><ul><li>Published by Houghton Mifflin </li></ul><ul><li>Child-friendly reference guide for middle school-level mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Available through or </li></ul><ul><li>MacDougal Littel website </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 4: </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 5: </li></ul>Math Resources
    12. 13. <ul><li>Once a month for 5 months </li></ul><ul><li>Goals for students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulate interest and enthusiasm for problem solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broaden mathematical intuition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce interesting and important mathematical ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience the fun, satisfaction, pleasure and thrill of discovery and self-motivated competition </li></ul></ul>Math Olympiads
    13. 14. Olympiad Dates <ul><li>November 17th </li></ul><ul><li>December 15th </li></ul><ul><li>January 12th </li></ul><ul><li>February 9th </li></ul><ul><li>March 9th </li></ul>
    14. 15. For more information about Math Olympiads, please feel free to visit their website: www. moems .org * Creative Problem Solving by George Lenchner, founder of the Math Olympiads, is an outstanding resource for both parents and students and is available through both and . Olympiad Resources
    15. 16. <ul><li>Jesse has $5.10 worth of stamps. She has an equal number of 50-cent, 20-cent, 10-cent, and 5-cent stamps. She has no other stamps. How many 50-cent stamps does she have? </li></ul>Sample Olympiad Problem
    16. 17. <ul><li>Imagine one “super stamp” consisting of one of each of the stamps mentioned. This super stamp costs 50 cents +20 cents +10 cents +5 cents, or 85 cents. Jessie has 510÷85 or 6 of these super stamps and therefore 6 fifty-cent stamps. </li></ul>Solution
    17. 18. G/T Curriculum Extension Units <ul><li>Interdisciplinary advanced-level content, reading, writing, & thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>3 CEUs per grade per year lasting approximately 9-12 weeks each </li></ul><ul><li>Each unit requires two hours of instruction per week with the G/T Resource Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple criteria used for the selection process </li></ul>
    18. 19. G/T Curriculum Extension Units Grade INTERDISCIPLINARY UNITS 1 Art of Language Children Just Like Me 2 Transportation Poetry Archaeology 3 World Cultures Bridges Mathematics 4 Ancient Civilizations Chesapeake Bay Writing Unit 5 Politics of Persuasion Ocean Systems Research *Additional units as arranged by the G/T resource teacher
    19. 20. G/T Instructional Seminars <ul><li>Designed to develop advanced-level skills in an area of interest for students </li></ul><ul><li>Offerings vary based on the needs of the students and grade-level teams </li></ul><ul><li>Students self-select based on their interest in the topic </li></ul>
    20. 21. Examples of G/T Instructional Seminars <ul><li>Zam’s Quest </li></ul><ul><li>Book Club </li></ul><ul><li>Math Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Weather Bug </li></ul><ul><li>Stock Market Game </li></ul><ul><li>Green School </li></ul><ul><li>Crime Scene Investigators </li></ul><ul><li>Medical School </li></ul>
    21. 22. G/T Research Investigations <ul><li>Highest level of differentiation for students </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations last year-long or can be multi-year </li></ul><ul><li>Students self-select based on their passion for a particular topic. Teacher recommendation is required </li></ul>
    22. 23. For additional information: <ul><li>Contact your G/T Resource Teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>For district information, consult the HCPSS G/T brochure & website. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>For national information on gifted education, consult the NAGC website. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    23. 24. Gifted & Talented Education Program Parent Academies <ul><li>Interested parents and community members are invited to attend the Gifted and Talented Program Overview </li></ul><ul><li>(each school is asked to have two parent representatives) </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Faulkner Ridge Center </li></ul><ul><li>7:00-8:30 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Faulkner Ridge Center </li></ul><ul><li>10598 Marble Faun Court </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia, MD </li></ul>
    24. 25. Questions? Please feel free to write down remaining questions on the paper provided. Be sure to include your e-mail address and phone number. or Email us [email_address] A G/T Program Specialist will respond as soon as possible.