Presentation on theme: "An Introduction to Georgia’s Programming Standards for Meeting the Needs of Gifted & High-Ability Learners."— Presentation transcript:
1 An Introduction to Georgia’s Programming Standards for Meeting the Needs of Gifted & High-Ability Learners
2 21st Century Skills for Success Thinking CriticallyMeaningImportanceRelevanceThinking FlexiblyWhat’s FixedWhat’s AdjustableThinking CollaborativelyPoints of ViewComplementary Strengths
3 The objective of the Programming Standards and the forthcoming self-assessment is to provide you with effective guidelines for continually improving the programming provided for your most able learners.
4 Revised NAGC PreK-12 Programming Standards Click here to access the NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming StandardsRevised NAGC PreK-12 Programming Standards
5 Purpose for NAGC Revision Align the Pre-K Program Standards with the NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards.Update standards to reflect current research.Integrate special, general, gifted education.Provide more specificity.Consider state policy, rules, regulations.Focus on student accountability.
6 Evolution of NAGC Programming Standards 2010 Pre-K-12 Programming Standards1998 Program StandardsFocus on student outcomes.Practices were updated and supported by latest research (literature/theory-based, research-based, practice-based).Aligned with teacher preparation and program standards.Stronger emphasis on all types of diversity (7 student outcomes explicitly mention diversity).Stronger relationships between GT, General, and special education.More specific and integrate cognitive science research.Focus on practices.Practices reflected research in 1998.Partially aligned with teacher preparation standards.One principle addressed diversity.No mention of special education (twice exceptional).Principles are broader with less emphasis on cognitive science research.
7 Why modify the national standards? 1. Because of changes in state educational policies, districts are being given more flexibility in how gifted students are served.2. Because of the timeframe set for state educational policy changes, there has been an urgency to get the standards into the hands of district-level decision-makers.Audiences:Initially, district superintendents and school boardsStandards had to be pared down to the basicsSuccinct wording on one sheet of paperPresently,Those responsible for assessing the gifted programs within the districtsBuilding-level personnel responsible for implementation of gifted programmingDOE charged state level specialists with developing standards for their programs– including gifted programming.
8 Click here to access the Georgia Programming Standards for Meeting the Needs of Gifted & High-Ability LearnersCustomizing the Revised NAGC Standards to fit Gifted Programming needs in GeorgiaNeed to modify national standards to fit Georgia because of population and political environment that is unique to our state. With the help and leadership of NAGC, we have been able develop standards as directed by the state gifted programming standards.– developed framework from NAGC
9 Programming Standards for Meeting the Needs of Gifted & High-Ability Learners Recommendations for promoting the cognitive and affective growth of gifted and high-ability learners in GeorgiaOur own guide to achieving educational excellence as defined by the Revised NAGC Pre-K-12 Gifted Programming Standards
10 How did we tailor the standards to address our state needs? 1.Georgia leaders realized the urgency for ensuring that the needs of gifted students in our state are addressed.2. GAGC leaders and the Georgia Gifted Specialist met to develop a tool to aid districts in addressing the needs of gifted children.Defining the NeedDetermined which aspects of the NAGC Revised Programming Standards were most crucial to our stateExamined programming standards from other statesArranged principles into strands using NAGC’s standardsExamined, critiqued, and edited each standard and indicator until the wording communicated exactly the expectations for gifted programming in our stateReviewed by superintendents, local gifted education coordinators, and teachers
11 Where are we in the process? 1. Providing the Framework“Programming Standards for Meeting the Needs of Gifted & High-Ability Learners” was approved by the state DOE and published by GAGC.Mailed to every district superintendent and gifted coordinator, along with a cover letter signed by both the GAGC President and the Georgia Gifted Ed SpecialistPosted in two formats on the state DOE website2. Spreading the WordThe standards and ideas for implementation within districts, schools, and classrooms are being shared with administrators and teachers across the state.Webinar for Gifted CoordinatorsVisits to local districtsAdditional mailingsGAGC Workshops3. Advancing the WorkThe “Gifted Programming Standards Rating Scale” is being created as a guide for program development and assessment.Gathered feedback from district coordinatorsDeveloping criteria for each indicatorOrganizing levels on a continuum of developmentUsing terminology and format that is similar to other tools used for assessing schools and districts across the stateDOE was amazed at how quickly we completed the task!
12 NAGC Standards Description GAGC Standards Description Achieving Educational Excellence for Gifted Students: How We Line Up With National Programming StandardsNAGC Standards DescriptionGAGC Standards DescriptionStandard 1: Learning and DevelopmentEducators, recognizing the learning and developmental differences of students with gifts and talents, promote ongoing self-understanding, awareness of their needs, and cognitive and affective growth of these students in school, home, and community settings to ensure specific student outcomes.Embedded throughout other strandsStandard 2: AssessmentAssessments provide information about identification, learning progress and outcomes, and evaluation of programming for students with gifts and talents in all domains.AssessmentThe local education agency (LEA) uses the research-based student identification process as established by Georgia Board of Education policy in order to ensure equitable access to appropriate services for all gifted learners.
13 NAGC Standards Description GAGC Standards Description Standard 3: Curriculum Planning and instructionEducators apply the theory and research-based models of curriculum and instruction related to students with gifts and talents and respond to their needs by planning, selecting, adapting and creating culturally relevant curriculum and by using a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to ensure specific student outcomes.Curriculum Planning and InstructionThe LEA employs rigorous and relevant curricula K-12 to accommodate the range of academic and intellectual needs of gifted learners.Standard 4: Learning EnvironmentsLearning environments foster personal and social responsibility, multicultural competence, and interpersonal and technical communication skills for leadership in the 21st century to ensure specific student outcomes.Learning EnvironmentsThe LEA requires learning experiences which foster personal and social responsibility, multicultural competence, and interpersonal and technical communication skills for citizenship in the global environment of the 21st century.
14 NAGC Standards Description GAGC Standards Description Standard 5: ProgrammingEducators are aware of empirical evidence regarding (a) the cognitive, creative, and affective development of learners with gifts and talents, and (b) programming that meets their concomitant needs. Educators use this expertise systematically and collaboratively to develop, implement, and effectively manage comprehensive services for students with a variety of gifts and talents to ensure specific student outcomes.ProgrammingThe LEA provides a full continuum of options to meet the demonstrated needs of K-12 gifted learners in academic areas, the arts, and career technical education; services are comprehensive, structured, sequenced, and appropriately challenging.
15 NAGC Standards Description GAGC Standards Description Standard 6: Professional DevelopmentAll educators (administrators, teachers, counselors, and other instructional support staff) build their knowledge and skills using the NAGC-CEC Teacher Standards for Gifted and Talented Education and the National Staff Development Standards. They formally assess professional development needs related to the standards, develop and monitor plans, systematically engage in training to meet the identified needs, and demonstrate mastery of standard. They access resources to provide for release time, funding for continuing education, and substitute support. These practices are judged through the assessment and relevant student outcomes.Professional DevelopmentGifted education specialists participate in comprehensive professional learning that is relevant to needs of gifted learners.
16 What are our next steps?Once the assessment tool is complete, we intend to support teachers, schools, districts, and community groups in their efforts to improve gifted programming.Supporting Teachers and DistrictsCompile lists of teacher-friendly, student-focused resourcesEncourage networks of teachers, parents, and leaders to ask questions and share successesWork with universities and other state agencies to incorporate programming standards into certification programsIncorporate into the Georgia Gifted Education Local Education Agency Self-Assessment which districts are required to complete and submit annually to the Georgia DOE
17 Suggested Uses of Standards Align various sets of programming standards (state with district standards)Inform stakeholders about characteristics of effective programming for students with gifts and talentsIdentify teachers for specialized positionsExamine the value added by gifted programmingAdvocate for school and state-level policiesIdentify expectations for programmingTarget specific evidence-based practices for programming developmentIdentify knowledge and skills for professional developmentGather data when evidence-based practice is implementedAssess effects on students
18 Using The Programming Standards How are you currently using programming standards?What challenges do you face as you move forward?Which of the new standards address the most critical needs in your journey toward exemplary programming for students with gifts and talents?18
19 Using The Programming Standards How might the new programming standards fit into the development of policy and/or services in your district?What actions and/or resources are most critical to your success?What might be some strategies for implementing these standards in your educational environment?19
20 For Additional Information and Support GAGCTheGeorgia AssociationFor Gifted ChildrenAn affiliate of the National Association For Gifted ChildrenTeam MembersCelita Allen – Hall CountyRuth Cowan – ConsultantAnnette Eger – State Gifted Education SpecialistAnne Hertzog – Fayette CountySonya Porcher – ConsultantAnn Richardson – Fayette CountyBeth Thornbury – Murray CountyGyimah Whitaker – Atlanta Public SchoolsSusan Winstead – Oconee County