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Title: Arlington Public Schools Gifted Services


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Arlington Public Schools Gifted Services
  • Allie Weber
  • Resource Teacher for the Gifted
  • Kenmore Middle School
  • 2014 - 2015

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great tact. And remember that life's A Great
Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You
will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid,
you'll move mountains. Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places
Youll Go! Yellow Back Book
3
COLLABORATION FOR EFFECTIVE DIFFERENTIATION
Classroom Teacher
Student
Resource Teacher for Gifted
4
DEFINITION
  • RTG and Classroom Teacher
  • work together
  • to design and implement
  • appropriate instruction
  • for
  • identified gifted students.

5
INSTRUCTION
PLANNING AND PREPARATION
CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT
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INSTRUCTION Compacting, Independent study,
Special interest projects, Flexible grouping
PLANNING AND PREPARATION
CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT Tiered lessons, anchor
activities, classroom configuration
PLANNING AND PREPARATION PLCs and CLTs
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES Professional
development opportunities
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2014-2015
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APS is in compliance with Virginia Regulations
  • Identify students who require gifted services
  • Establish continuous educational services to
    match the needs of gifted learners
  • Train teachers in ways to provide services
  • Support differentiated instruction to meet the
    needs of gifted students

9
Gifted Services Eligibility and Identification
Process
  • Virginia regulations require that school
    divisions develop a process for determining
    whether students are eligible for gifted services
  • An identification process determines a students
    eligibility

10
Areas of Gifted Services Identification
  • Specific Academic Aptitude, K-12
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual or Performing Arts, Grades 3-12
  • Visual Art
  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music (instruments taught in APS)

11
Screening for Gifted Services
  • Each year, the total population is screened by
    school staff to create a pool of eligible
    candidates based on students participation and
    performance in various academic and arts
    activities.
  • Screening is formal review of test scores
    following standardized testing.
  • Screening is informal competitions, awards,
    honors, student participation in school events.

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Referrals for Gifted Services
  • Students may be referred for services by their
    classroom teacher, school personnel,
    parents/guardians, community leaders, and self or
    other students until April 1st for the current
    school year.
  • An Appeals Process is available to families
    following the eligibility process. Appeals begin
    at the school level with the principal. Second
    level of appeals is a county-wide Gifted Services
    Administrative Appeals Committee.

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Eligibility Criteria - Gifted Services in
Specific Academic Areas
  • Standardized Testing Information
  • Teacher Checklist Observations of Academic
    Behaviors
  • Grades/Academic Performance
  • Student Products
  • Parent Information
  • Grades 6-12 Student Self-Assessment

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Eligibility Criteria - Visual Art or
Vocal/Instrumental Music Areas, Grades 3 - 12
  • Art and Music Teacher Referral Observations of
    Artistic Behaviors
  • Student Products
  • Grades 6-12 Student Self-Assessment
  • Grades/Artistic Performance
  • Parent Information

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Gifted Services Identification leads to
  • Teacher awareness
  • Cluster grouping
  • Opportunities
  • Arts Programs
  • Summer Programs
  • Academic Programs

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Middle School Gifted Services Activities
  • Thematic Units
  • Interdisciplinary units
  • SEM-R Reading Instruction
  • Creative/Critical Thinking Skills
  • Kaplans Levels of Depth and Complexity
  • Mind mapping
  • DeBonos Thinking Hats

17
Classroom Teachers Role in Differentiation for
Gifted
  • Collaborate with the RTG
  • Plan differentiated
  • units and lessons
  • Coordinate instructional needs of all learners in
    the classroom

18
RTGs Role in Differentiation for Gifted
  • Support the Classroom Teacher
  • collaboratively plans
  • provides student enrichment
  • models and trains teachers in instructional
    strategies
  • informs teachers about gifted education training
    opportunities
  • coordinates the identification process

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Principals Role in Differentiation for Gifted
  • Supports collaboration of classroom teachers and
    RTG
  • Provides opportunities for staff development and
    training in differentiation for advanced learners
  • Evaluates staff on evidence of effective
    differentiation

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Role of Parent
  • Educate yourself about your childs needs
  • Parent Resource Center Materials - 703-228-7239
  • www.nagc.org or www.vagifted.org or
    www.sengifted.org
  • Maintain communication with your childs
    classroom teacher, RTG, and counselor to monitor
    social and academic progress

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Further InformationAPS Gifted Services
  • Visit the Arlington Public Schools Web Site
  • www.apsva.us
  • Click on Curriculum and Instruction
  • Click on Programs
  • Click on Gifted Services
  • www.apsva.us/giftedservices

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Contact Information
  • Voice mail
  • 703-228-6800
  • Email
  • Allie.weber_at_apsva.us

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Questions and Exit Cards
  • General questions that relate to Gifted Services.
  • Exit Cards On each table, you will find index
    cards that can be used if you have a specific
    question about your child.
  • Please write the question, your name/your
    students name, your phone number, and the best
    time for me to contact you.
  • I will call you in order to address your specific
    questions.
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