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Gifted and Talented

Last Updated: 9/3/2020 10:20 PM

Gifted and Talented (GT)


Elementary: Shelly Ballou, Carla Bizzell, April Dowling, Jim Tindall
Middle School: Brandi Derr and Ashley Standifer
High School: Chelsea Vinzant and Ashley Standifer
District GT Coordinator: Melissa Wimmer


Advisory Group:
Carla Bizzell
Jensy Bizzell
Nicci Cook
April Dowling
Sarah Hicks
Cindy Owens
Larra Selman
Ashley Standifer
Jim Tindall
Melissa Wimmer


GT Mission Statement:
Gen ed teachers, counselors, and GT staff will work together to meet academic and affective needs for each GT student that extend beyond what a regular classroom provides. This will successfully maximize life’s opportunities for every gifted child.


Definition of Gifted Students:
Sec. 29.121. Definition. In this subchapter, “gifted and talented student” means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or • excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)


State Goal for Services for Gifted/Talented Students: Students who participate in services designed for gifted/talented students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted/talented students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.

 

FISD Goal:

All GT students will successfully complete a TPSP activity during the 2019-2020 school year.

 

FISD Objectives:

     • TPSP website shared on GT webpage and emailed to staff working with GT students

     • Each campus will come up with a schedule to meet with GT students that allow time to work on the activity

     • Campuses will support activities using resources and materials

     • GT Night will be planned for parents and staff to present TPSP activity


Rationale for Program:
Gifted and Talented students require challenging and differentiated curriculum, as well as effective support. Frankston ISD will provide a comprehensive GT program to enrich and challenge each student at his or her academic and affective level.


Gifted and Talented Areas Served:
      • General Intelligence- refers to students who can learn at a faster pace, master higher levels of content, and handle abstract concepts at a significantly higher level than expected given the student’s chronological age and experiences with most academic subjects.
      • Specific Academic Ability- refers to those students who have an exceptionally high achievement or potential and a high degree of interest in a specific field of study. Areas include Math/Science or Language Arts/Reading.


Identification of Gifted and Talented Students:
    • Step 1- Nomination
         • The Nomination Form is completed and given to the GT coordinator by a teacher, parent, or student.

    • Step 2- Considered Data
          • Previous identification in another school system
          • Observations
          • Interview
          • Teacher input
          • Parent input
          • Portfolio
          • MAP
             o Math
                ▪ Computation and Problem Solving
                ▪ Number Sense
                ▪ Geometry
                ▪ Measurement
                ▪ Data, Statistics and Probability
                ▪ Algebraic Concepts
              o Language Arts/ Reading (6th only with *)
                 ▪ Mechanics
                 ▪ Parts of Speech
                 ▪ Usage
                 ▪ Writing
                 ▪ Phonological Awareness
                 ▪ Phonics
                 ▪ Concepts of Print
                 ▪ Word Structure and Meaning
                 ▪ Comprehension
                 ▪ Word Meaning*
                 ▪ Literary Concepts: Main Ideas, Details, and Inferences*
                 ▪ Literary Concepts: Purpose, Structure, and Devices*
                 ▪ Informational Concepts: Main Ideas, Details, and Inferences*
                 ▪ Informational Concepts: Purpose, Structure, and Argument*
              o Science
                 ▪ Life Sciences
                 ▪ Earth and Space Sciences
                 ▪ Physical Sciences
           • CogAT
                 ▪ Verbal
                 ▪ Quantitative
                 ▪ Nonverbal
           • STAAR
       • Step 3- Identification/Decision
                 • A team consisting of the GT teachers, GT coordinator, director of instruction, counselor, and principal will evaluate all information and make a decision.
       • Step 4- Programming
                  • The campus GT teacher will provide services


Gifted and Talented Meetings:
Staff Meeting- Before school starts, the GT coordinator will convene with all staff to inform them of the identification process, as well as the social-emotional needs of GT students. Throughout the year, the GT coordinator will also serve as a resource to teachers.


Annual Review Meeting- At the end of the year, the GT teachers, GT coordinator, director of instruction, counselor, and principal will meet to discuss and evaluate the GT program using the Gifted and Talented Program Self-
Audit/Reflection. It is upon this examination that future changes or updates will take place.


Possible Elementary Academic Services:
• Accelerated Placement
• Differentiation in the Regular Classroom
• Service Projects
• Academic Challenges/Competitions/Contests
• Resources/Opportunities for students to excel in their area of giftedness
• Field Trips
• Project-based learning
• Thinklers/Logic puzzles
• Instant Challenges


Affective Services:
Counseling sessions will occur with every Gifted and Talented student for a minimum of once a month.


Possible Intermediate Academic Services:
• Accelerated Placement
• Differentiation in the Regular Classroom
• Service Projects
• Academic Challenges/Competitions/Contests
• Math Counts
• Resources/Opportunities for students to excel in their area of giftedness
• Seminars
• Learning Lunches
• Field Trips


Affective Services:
Group counseling sessions will occur with every GT student for a minimum of once a month.
Possible Middle School Academic Services:
• Accelerated Learning Opportunities
• Dual Credit for Freshman and Sophomores
• Advanced Placement Freshman and Sophomores
• Differentiation in the Regular Classroom
• Test-out Options
• Service Projects
• Learning Lunch
• Job Shadowing/Internship
• Academic Challenges/Competitions/Contests
• Aspire/ACT and PSAT/SAT Assistance
• Resources/Opportunities for students to excel in their area of giftedness
• Seminars


Affective Services:
Group Sessions:


7th Graders
• At the beginning of the year to discuss the year ahead and how it will affect them academically and emotionally
• During the middle of the year to address any specific issues or needs that they are experiencing
• At the end of the year to discuss the differences in 8th grade as well as any affective needs


8th Graders
• At the beginning of the year to discuss the year ahead and how it will affect them academically and emotionally
• During the middle of the year to address any specific issues or needs that they are experiencing
• At the end of the year to discuss transitioning to high school as well as any affective needs


Possible High School Academic Services:
• Accelerated Learning Opportunities
• Dual Credit for Freshman and Sophomores
• Advanced Placement Freshman and Sophomores
• Differentiation in the Regular Classroom
• Test-out Options
• Service Projects
• Learning Lunch
• Job Shadowing/Internship
• Academic Challenges/Competitions/Contests
• Aspire/ACT and PSAT/SAT Assistance
• Resources/Opportunities for students to excel in their area of giftedness
• Seminars


Affective Services:
9th-12th Graders: Each grade level has a group meeting schedule conducive to the needs of that particular grade level. (a separate document)

 

Resources

GT parents from all regions of Texas are invited to join us for free, to subscribe to our e-mail news (https://giftededucationfamilynetwork.org/subscribe/), to explore our website, and to follow us on social media (please visit our site for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram links: https://giftededucationfamilynetwork.org/). 

Referral Form

GT Referral Form

 

FISD Policy (LEGAL)

https://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/119?filename=EHBB(LEGAL).pdf

 

FISD Policy (LOCAL)

https://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/119?filename=EHBB(LOCAL).pdf

 

Region VII- Use this website to find trainings and to learn more about GT.

https://www.esc7.net/page/CIA.GT.home

 

Texas Performance Standards Project

https://www.texaspsp.org/

 

FMS GT Portal

FHS GT Portal