At the elementary school level, the district aims to provide gifted education using the enrichment programs described below, Individualized Differentiated Educational Activities (IDEA) block, PETS (Primary Education Thinking Skills) and GAP (Gifted Achievement Program).
IDEA Block (Kindergarten)
All kindergarten students receive enrichment activities in the classroom during the Individualized Differentiated Educational Activities (IDEA) block. These activities are hand-picked by the classroom teacher to complement the Kindergarten curriculum.
PETS (Grades 1&2)
Enrichment Coach with Classroom Teacher
The Gifted & Talented Program for all students in grades 1 & 2 is delivered using a “whole class” instructional approach. The Enrichment Coach goes into each general education classroom in different cycles over the course of the year. The curriculum used is called PETS. The word PETS is an acronym which stands for Primary Education Thinking Skills. In this program, students develop higher order thinking skills through challenging and interactive activities. Throughout the units/lessons, the teachers begin to identify students with high academic potential. Below are the instructional units per grade level:
Grade 1 PETS
- Divergent/Creative Thinking
- Convergent/Analytical Thinking
- Visual/Spatial Thinking
- Evaluative Thinking
Grade 2 PETS
- Detective/Deductive Thinking
- Inventive Thinking
- Science/Analytical Thinking
- Magician/Visual-Spatial Thinking
Students in these grades also have enrichment opportunities during their daily IDEA block in the classroom.
Gifted Achievement Program (GAP) (Grades 3-5)
Instructor: Enrichment Coach
GAP is the gifted and talented program for identified students in grades 3-5 which is designed using a "pull out" instruction model. The Enrichment Coach meets with GAP students for 45 minute sessions on a weekly basis during the school day. Using a thematic, interdisciplinary approach, the GAP curriculum stresses the development of creative and critical thinking skills and the application of these skills to real-life situations. Program objectives also focus upon the students' self-development, cooperative learning situations, development of leadership skills, independent study and cultural awareness. The identification of advanced learners for this program is based on multiple measures of success, including both quantitative and qualitative data.
All students in these grades also have enrichment opportunities during their daily IDEA block in the classroom.
Elementary Gifted Identification Process
The procedures used to identify students for Gifted programming are based upon research from the National Association of Gifted Children and other district criteria include:
I. Throughout the Grades 1-2 PETS units/lessons, the teachers begin to identify students with high academic potential.
II. Teacher/Parent Nomination through use of shortened Renzulli Hartman Scales for Rating Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (Spring)
III. Screening of Nominated Students through the use of Aptitude and Ability Tests (Spring Testing for Grades 2-4; rolling testing for newly enrolled students)
IV. Review of Teacher/Parent Nominations and Screening of Test Results using a District Designed Rubric (June or within one month of testing).
V. Identification and Notification of Students' GAP Acceptance (in June prior to the end of the school year, or within one month of testing)
VI. Follow up Meetings with any Parents who have Questions about the Process (Ongoing)
Appeals and Reviews
Upon parent request, the Enrichment Coach, in consultation with the Director of Elementary Education and the building principal will conduct a review of a student’s screening information with the parent. If, after the review, it is determined that the student meets conditional acceptance, the student is offered a “trial basis” in the program.
For additional information about enrichment services, please contact:
- Jenny Frank, K-5 Intervention and Enrichment Instructional Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alyna Jacobs, Director of Elementary Education, email@example.com