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Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Services in Durham Public Schools September 19, 2013 Cynthia M. Webb, M. Ed. AIG Facilitator, George Watts Montessori.

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1 Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Services in Durham Public Schools September 19, 2013 Cynthia M. Webb, M. Ed. AIG Facilitator, George Watts Montessori Elementary 1

2 Watts AIG Team Members Patti Crum Ilene Magrogan Cynthia Webb David Cook Cathy Carinder Melissa Parfitt Meneca Davis Mike Rogers Felicia McGill 2

3 AIG Plan Goals for DPS and George Watts Montessori Elementary 3 Communication Rigor/Relevance Cultivating Potential Professional Learning Scholastic Programs Consistency

4 NC AIG Program Standards Standard 1: Student Identification Standard 2: Differentiated Curriculum & Instruction Standard 3: Personnel and Professional Development Standard 4: Comprehensive Programming within Total School Community Standard 5: Partnerships Standard 6: Program Accountability 4

5 Standard 1: Student Identification at Our School: Who should I contact to nominate a student? Contact the AIG Facilitator, Cynthia Webb. What happens once I contact the Facilitator? A nomination form will be given and a permission to collect data will be completed by the parent. What data will be collected? Once the nomination form is turned in and the parent gives permission, the following data will be collected: subject performance, work samples, achievement, school aptitude (not an IQ assessment) 5

6 What happens once data is collected? Watts AIG Team meets to review data and determine identification/service options. A student can be Intellectually Gifted (IG), Academically Gifted (AG), or Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) or Does Not Qualify for Services. What are the differences? (IG) = 97th percentile on a nationally-normed aptitude assessment. (AG) = 90th percentile or above on nationally-normed achievement assessment AND an EOG score at 85th percentile or above OR class grade at 90%/Level 4 (AIG) = 90th percentile or above on 2 of the 3 following criteria: nationally-normed achievement and/or aptitude assessment and/or EOG at 85 percentile or above or class grade at 90%/Level 4 Does not qualify=the criteria is not met *Students identified prior to the school year will be grandfathered in based on qualifications at the time of eligibility.

7 Once the student is identified for services, what happens? Based on the data gathered, the AIG Team will match service options to the students needs, and a Differentiated Education Plan (DEP) will be developed. The parents will be invited to a conference at which permission to place and the DEP will be reviewed and signed. The DEP will be reviewed annually. 7

8 Standard 2: Differentiated Curriculum & Instruction at Our School How will the curriculum look for an AIG student at Watts? Differentiated instruction that supports daily rigor and relevance happens naturally in Montessori classrooms. Classroom teachers are empowered through Montessori training and/or the support of the AIG certified teachers to address the needs of students who are ready for accelerated works and are presented with materials and extensions to the Montessori curriculum. These extensions to the Montessori curriculum dig deeper into topics and provide students with opportunities to look at works in different ways (especially in math). Montessori curriculum also lends itself to differentiated literature circles and reading groups that are based on student reading levels. AIG Team members collaborate with all teachers in order to meet the needs of students. Curriculum materials that are not Montessori specific materials, but are supported by the district for advanced academics are used within the Montessori framework in order to provide enrichment and acceleration while working on Common Core Content Standards designated for each grade level (ex. USTARS-Plus, Junior Great Books, Mentoring Mathematical Minds, etc.). Work plans are created based on the students ability and readiness for advanced works. 8

9 3: Personnel Roles and Responsibilities at Our School Who are the AIG teachers and the Facilitator at Watts and how do you contact them? Cynthia Webb Ilene Magrogan* David CookMeneca Davis Mike Rogers Felicia McGill*Cathy Carinder Lauren Vejvoda* *In the certification process

10 4: Comprehensive Programming at Our School How will we increase communication methods regarding services, opportunities, and transitions? At Watts we provide whole group instruction as well as instruction in cluster groups based on ongoing formative and cumulative assessment results. Student led conferences allow students, teachers, and parents to discuss classroom performance on standards as well as modified content. Through weekly PLCs, participation on school-based committees, and professional development opportunities, all teachers have conversations about student needs and vertically plan for alignment and differentiation. The AIG Team and (future) AIG Advisory Committee will provide quarterly updates/data to stakeholders. It is important that you contact a member of the AIG Team if you have questions, concerns, or ideas. Teachers and parents are a team that supports students, which means we need to communicate with each other. 10

11 What enrichment opportunities are available at Watts before, during, and after school? During School: Spelling Bee, Art contest for State Fair, Evening of Entertainment, Math Superstars, Connected Math, Junior Great Books, Group/Individual Investigations, USTARS Plus, Creative Arts Magazine After School: Battle of the Books, Game Club, district/state level Spelling Bee/Art Contest/Evening of Entertainment, Odyssey of the Mind Which opportunities need parental involvement or need parent volunteers to lead the groups at our school? Parental support is encouraged across all enrichment opportunities. 11

12 6: Program Accountability at Our School How can you help with the district and school program accountability ? Parents can have a voice in improving our AIG program by participating in surveys, focus groups, expos, and Kitchen Table Conversations. The Advanced Academic website will post when these events are planned and our school will send out information by way of the students. Participate on Watts AIG Team and/or AIG Advisory Committee as well as the districts AIG Advisory Council. You can always contact the AIG Facilitator at our school.

13 Great Resources for You… DPS Advanced Academics- services/academics/advanced-academics Durham PAGE - Duke Talent Identification Program NC Association of Gifted and Talented – National Association of Gifted Children – Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted – Montessori Education- 13

14 Examples 14

15 Questions? 15 To review this information during the school year, go to


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