WHO ARE THE GIFTED?
Gifted students are persons of exceptional promise whose capabilities may predict contributions of lasting merit in widely varying fields. They come from all backgrounds with special abilities and talents ranging across a wide spectrum of human achievement. These students’ abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs.
HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED FOR THE GIFTED PROGRAM?
Schools are asked to refer students for district-wide screening for the gifted program. Most students are referred by a teacher, but parents and others may also refer.
HOW CAN I MOTIVATE MY GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILD?
Your attitude is essential to the development of a gifted child. Reseachers Hall and Skinner tell parents to enjoy their gifted children and to remember that they are, first of all, children. Motivate your gifted child by encouraging trial and error, being enthusiastic and optimistic, recognizing achievement, encouraging goals set by the child, encouraging novel ideas, giving honest evaluation, encouraging independence, and giving constructive criticism.
WHAT SHOULD PARENTS EXPECT?
Students in grades 3-8 that demonstrate exceptional abilities will be referred through the GATE process
Teachers will differentiate instruction for GATE identified students
GATE students will have multiple opportunities to engage and work with each other
Students can attend after school site-based enrichment activities (GATE Exploratories).Students can attend district-wide enrichment activities