Presentation on theme: "Arlington Public Schools Gifted Services"— Presentation transcript:
1Arlington Public Schools Gifted Services 2013-2014 Washington-Lee High SchoolAnne Reed, Resource Teacher for the GiftedIntroduce myself. RTG at WL 7 years. Distribute brochure about enrichment programs.AT THE END OF THE POWERPOINT IS ANOTHER PLACE FOR YOU TO PROVIDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATIONINTRODUCE YOURSELF AND WELCOME PARENTS TO THE MEETING.“Tonight’s presentation will be divided into two parts. The first half will provide a brief presentation of how Arlington Public Schools’ curriculum and curriculum materials are differentiated in the core areas of English, math, science, and social studies. This presentation is provided as an overview. More detailed information can be obtained from your child’s classroom teacher or from the school’s content lead teachers.During the second part of tonight’s presentation, I will describe how Gifted Services supports differentiation to meet the learning needs of the highly able students in Arlington Public Schools.”Refer parents to the handout provided, beginning with the side “Differentiation of Curriculum in the Arlington Public Schools.”THIS PRESENTATION WILL BE POSTED ON THE GIFTED SERVICES WEB PAGES FOR DOWNLOAD BY FAMILIES. YOU CAN MENTION THIS AT THE START OF THE PRESENTATION AND THEN WHEN YOU GET TO THE END WHERE THERE IS THE LINK TO THE APS GIFTED SERVICES WEB PAGE YOU CAN MENTION IT AGAIN.
2STUDENT PANEL DISCUSSION How did you apply/become involved in the program?When was the program held and for how long– i.e. residential for a month, weekly, throughout the school year, etc.?What was the schedule for a typical day / meeting?What were/are some of the highlights of your experience?What do you think parents and students should know about this program before they apply or decide to participate in it?DISTRIBUTE THE HS ENRICHMENT BROCHURE.
3Space Coast Scholars Program Adriana Macieira-JuniorYouTube access: attention.upgrade.054~VASTS
4Governor’s School Program- Academics Grades 10 and 11 Adriana Macieira-Humanities (Junior)Hannah Fitzmaurice-Humanities (Senior)Mishu Barua-Math, Science, &Technology (Senior)
5Fine Arts Apprentice Program- Grades 10-12 Claire Spaulding: JuniorMedia
6PRIME-Grades 10 and 11 Professional Related Intern/Mentorship Experience J. T. Blakely-SeniorRNL Design
7Governor’s School Program- Visual and Performing Arts Grades 10 and 11 Sterling Webster-SeniorVocal~VDOE
9GENERAL SERVICES Grades 9-12 Samuel Douthit-Senior
10EFFECTIVE DIFFERENTIATION Resource Teacher for Gifted COLLABORATIONFOREFFECTIVE DIFFERENTIATIONClassroom TeacherStudent“In Arlington schools, the Resource Teachers for Gifted collaborate with classroom teachers and students in order to provide differentiated instruction. Student growth is the focus of this collaborative effort. You can see here that classroom teachers, RTGs, and students collaborate and interact in a variety of combinations.”Resource Teacher for Gifted
11Instruction Classroom Environment Professional Responsibilities Planning andPreparation“This graphic shows that collaboration may occur in four different domains: Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Professional Responsibilities, and Instruction. A collaborative effort in any of these areas can enhance student growth. ”Like these different colored puzzle pieces the support is going to look different based on the diverse needs of the teachers, students and school community but the important message is that I am here to support gifted learners and teachers in a variety of waysProfessionalResponsibilities
12Washington-Lee Gifted Services General DescriptionInstruction: Creative/Critical Thinking SkillsCounty/State Enrichment Programs:PRIMESummer Residential Governor’s School ProgramsFine Arts Apprentice ProgramSuperintendent’s Seminar“Passion” Programs/Activities/IBIndependent StudyAdditional Notes: These are areas of influence and engagement in the job role of RTG at W-L. Some are student collaborative support only. Other roles engage collaboration with teachers to build student learning capacity. We will discuss the instructional, passion programs, and independent studies in turn now.SLIDE NEEDS TO BE CUSTOMIZED - THIS IS A PLACE WHERE YOU WILL WANT TO PERSONALIZE THE SLIDE TO REFLECT WHAT YOU DO AT YOUR SCHOOL.You are encouraged to add in slides that demonstrate specific things you do at your school.This is also the place where you would highlight other programs or have students or teachers share work. This should be as school specific as possible.HIGHLIGHT THE GOOD THINGS AT YOUR SCHOOL.YOU MAY WANT TO INVITE A STUDENT WHO PARTICIPATED IN SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES LISTED ABOVE TO SPEAK ABOUT HIS/HER EXPERIENCES PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIESYOU WILL WANT TO DROP EXAMPLES THAT ARE NOT RELEVANT FOR YOUR SCHOOL .
13Instructional Resource: Student Data Multiple Intelligences-determining students’ learning strengths and growing othersSubject Area Interest Inventories-developing passion projectsData organized to inform instruction for:Effective student groupsStudent choiceDeveloping a growth mindsetI work with teachers on collecting and organizing data to motivate and explore in depth student interest. Use of MI and interest inventories that are geared to subject area instruction provide data to guide instruction. Teachers use this data to inform how they group students. Effective grouping is a challenge. I encourage teachers to group intellectual peers as routinely as they group for cooperative learning. All students should have choice in some instructional units. Being informed about student strengths and interests can guide teachers in developing projects and activities that support this type student data. A focus on developing lesser strengths and using difficulty to grow resilience is termed developing a growth mindset. This 21st century skill has been researched by Carol Dweck of Stanford University. Her book is titled Mindset.
14Developing Growth Mindset This is a screenshot of online results from an MI survey. What are the student’s strengths? How can those strengths be empowered through an instructional focus? What intelligences should instruction also focus on growing?
15Teacher Collaborations-focusing on student choice, products, and groups that build and strengthen all intelligencesUSVA History: effective grouping/projectsEnglish 10: product choicesEnglish 9: project assignmentsIB Latin: project assignments-building strengthIB Econ: effective grouping/building strengthIn these instructional collaborations, teachers used MI to inform instructional planning in these areas. Projects are designed to access both strengths of students and building those strengths. Some students are given a list of product choices that align with intelligences; they indicate what type products they are interested in to show what they know. Teachers can group students with similar strengths in groups to produce an in depth project. Likewise, teachers can group students with different strengths to grow other intelligences.
16Instructional Resource: Concept Development Using the Hilda Taba model of developing this critical thinking skill, students brainstorm a concept, categorize their ideas, identify patterns, and draw broad generalizations about the concept. Students then pose open-ended questions about their generalizations. These questions model expectations on AP and IB prompts.Let’s look at this model.Distribute handout. Discuss example about concept Change. Use concept of Myth to model a lesson.
17Teacher Collaborations English 10: the concept of community in Julius Caesar/developing HLQ skillsAPUSH: concepts over an historical era/passion projectIB English: concept of sense of place in WaldenEcon/Personal Finance: concept of the seven principles of economics/passion project/anchor activitiesTeachers can use this strategy to build a deeper understanding of literature, abstract ideas in history, or relevance in personal connections.
18Instructional Resource: Socratic Seminar This strategy is one of the most effective to grow critical thinking skills.Students respond to open-ended questions about a text.Discussion is student-driven.Habits of mind, such as agree/disagreeing effectively, moving a discussion forward with new ideas, and use of appropriate text connections are developed.This is a strategy that teachers and I use routinely to grow students’ communication and collaboration skills. Our motto to them is, “We always value your opinion but we value it as powerful when you provide effective evidence.” In-text, text to text, text to world, and text to self evidence is taught and practiced routinely as well as habits of mind.
19Teacher Collaborations English 9: Introduction to seminar skills and habits of mindEnglish 9: Seminar-Romeo and Juliet/HLQEnglish 10: Review of seminar skills and habits of mindEnglish 10: Seminar-The Time Machine/HLQEnglish 10: Seminar-Julius Caesar/HLQTeachers and I collaborate on question design for seminars. We teach students how to pose and evaluate an effective opening question, core questions, and closing questions for a Socratic seminar.
20Socratic Seminar- Classroom Implementation Developing the concept of community and practicing higher level questioning in the play Julius Caesar
21Instructional Resource: Science Fair Projects/VJAS Focus on “Abstract” planning and writingFocus on “Literature Cited Page”Student Mentors-successful VJAS student group (juniors and seniors) participates in classroom instruction and mentors individual students participating in the VJAS process.This instructional project is in process now. Student mentors are being organized and lessons reviewed to implement in a few weeks.
22Teacher Collaborations BiologyChemistryAnne Reed and Lea Westrick, chemistry teacher, planning VJAS resources for applicants.
23RTG : Student Collaboration “Passion” Projects CAS Coordinator-IB Program CAS ProjectCurrent project examples:Asante MariamuH. O. P. E.Little Free LibraryBead for LifeDisabilities in Theater EnvironmentBosnian ProjectIn my role as the IB CAS Coordinator, students design a major service project to fulfill a diploma requirement. Here are some examples of these. I support students in the brainstorming, planning, and implementing of these projects. The goals of autonomy and global impact are are expected within these projects. These projects represent a deep interest of the student.
24CAS Coordinator: IB Program Support full IB diploma students in completion of this 18 month diploma requirementAdvise, support, monitor, and advocate for 138 students to complete CAS Project and five additional activities that engage creativity, action, and service goals and outcomes.Meet with students routinely.Maintain documentation records for all students.Support implementation of CAS ProjectThere are 136 full diploma IB students. A nationally recognized program, my responsibilities and role requires much time. Except during January and February, IB requires approximately of my school day and beyond.
25Independent Study County approved proposal document. Proposal must focus on studies or opportunities not available in the county Program of Studies.Proposal is due to the Counseling Department by April 1 annually.If you are interested in this program, contact your student’s guidance counselor and me for support in the process.
26RTG : Student Collaboration Discussion about enrichment opportunitiesSupport in the application process for these opportunities and for collegeSupport in the independent study proposal processGuiding and listening for needs to support students academically, socially, and emotionally.Sam and Mrs. Reed discussing his Common App Essay.RTG collaboration with individual students is a rich experience for us both. I encourage your student and I to develop a relationship through these avenues we have discussed.
27Instructional Leadership: Book Studies and Workshops Facilitate book studies on current educational research and instructional strategies with WL staff.Facilitate workshop sessions on differentiation strategies with WL and county staff.Collaborate with WL staff to implement strategies within curriculum context.This year I am facilitating a book study on learning in the 21st century. Its focus is to use differentiated instructional strategies to grow collaborators, thinkers, innovators, and risk-takers.
28Advancing Differentiation Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century R. Cash, Ed.D.All Rights ReservedAdvancing Differentiation Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century28
30Role of Parent – Supporting Differentiation for Student Resources for Parents:Parent Resource Center MaterialsNational Association for Gifted -Virginia Association for Gifted -Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted -2e Newsletter –Support your child’s interest to pursue social and cultural opportunities within and beyond his/her strength area(s)Maintain communication with your child’s classroom teachers, RTG, and counselor to monitor social and academic progress“You may ask yourself as a parent of a gifted child what you can do for your highly able child.”READ FROM SLIDE
31Gifted Services Advisory Committee (GSAC) Arlington Public School’s Parent Advocacy GroupPart of Advisory Council of InstructionMonthly meetingsIf interested in serving on this committee, please contact Co-chairs: Bob Ramsey or Josh Turner and Cheryl McCullough (Supervisor, Gifted Services)
32RTG Contact Information:Library Conference Room 2103Voice mail:Parent Listserv: tojoinSlide must be customized with your contact informationRTG:I can be contacted to handle specific questions atAnd go to next slide for conclusion
33Arlington Public Schools Gifted Services Visit the Arlington Public Schools –Gifted Services link on the APS Web SiteGifted Services Fall Newsletter:Cheryl McCullough, Supervisor, GiftedServicesorMore detailed information about APS gifted services can be viewed and researched on the county web pages -THIS PRESENTATION WILL BE POSTED ON THE GIFTED SERVICES WEB PAGES FOR DOWNLOAD BY FAMILIES. YOU CAN MENTION THIS AT THE START OF THE PRESENTATION AND THEN WHEN YOU GET TO THE END WHERE THERE IS THE LINK TO THE APS GIFTED SERVICES WEB PAGE YOU CAN MENTION IT AGAIN.Next slide for your contact info
34Questions 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 student’s name, your phone number or , and the best time for me to contact you.THIS IS WHEN YOU WILL DISTRIBUTE YOUR SCHOOL BROCHURE IF YOU HAVE ONE:OPTIONAL: RTG says, “This brings us to the end of our evening. I would like to take this time to answer some general questions (while I distribute a brochure to you). “Take general questions. Distribute index cards on which parents can write specific questions about individual students. Explain parents may also you with questions and should indicate a good time for you to call them.
35“For the second portion of our evening, I’m going to discuss how gifted services are provided in Arlington Public Schools. We’ll touch on the identification process, types of services that are offered, and the RTG’s role in supporting the differentiated curriculum.“Those of you who are already familiar with Arlington Public School’s Gifted Services please be aware that there have been some changes in Arlington Gifted Services to comply with changes in VA regulations.”
36True or False FALSE – Each state creates its own gifted regulations. The Federal Government mandates that all school districts establish a gifted program.A. TrueB. FalseFALSE – Each state creates its own gifted regulations.True or False
37VA Gifted RegulationsVirginia Department of Education regulations state that each school district must develop a plan to identify and provide services to those students who have learning needs beyond the regular instructional program.Additional Notes:A link for the VDOE regulations has been provided
38APS is in compliance with Virginia Regulations: Identify students who require gifted servicesEstablish continuous educational services to match the needs of gifted learnersTrain teachers in ways to provide servicesSupport differentiated instruction to meet the needs of gifted studentsAdditional Notes:These four areas are specified as requirements within all Virginia school divisions. (point to slide on screen)We in Arlington are in compliance with the regulations in that we are certain to identify studentstrain teachers (APS requires 40 points in gifted training) andprovide services and instruction to our gifted students.
39Students in APS may be identified in only one academic subject area. A. TrueB. FalseTrue – Students may be identified in one academic subject area. Some students may be identified in more than one area.True or False
40Gifted Services Identification Specific Academic Aptitude, K-12EnglishMathematicsScienceSocial StudiesVisual or Performing Arts, Grades 3-12Visual ArtVocal Music/Instrumental Music (instruments taught in APS)“We identify students for services in the areas in which we teach –“Additional Notes:Clarify that we begin identification for academics in kindergarten. Formal identification for the arts begins in grade 3.Read from the slide
41Screening for Gifted Services Each year, the total population is screened by school staff to create a pool of candidates based on students’ need for gifted servicesScreening is formal – review of testing informationScreening is informal – teacher feedback, parent information, honors, awards, student participation in school events, competitions, etc.Additional Notes:The first step is screening –The RTG and staff at the school look at the total population to screen students who may be appropriate for REFERRAL to the Eligibility Process (read from slide)
42Referrals 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.Referral forms can be found here:Additional Notes:Referrals can come from the general screening at the school level from the RTG or other teaching staff –But referrals can also come from parent/guardians, community leaders (example – clergy), or students.Referrals are taken until April 1 for the current school year – as the process is school-based and requires a collection of data from the current school year.Any referrals that come in after the April 1 deadline are held until the next school year and the process begins in SeptemberNEW:Subsequent referral for the same subject area may not occur before 365 days from date of previous notification of identification committee decision.
43High IQ test score or high standardized achievement test score automatically qualifies a student to receive gifted services.A. TrueB. FalseFalse – No one criteria guarantees eligibility for APS gifted services. Multiple criteria are used.True or False
44Eligibility Criteria - Gifted Services in Specific Academic Areas Nationally Normed Testing InformationAbility testingAchievement testingTeacher Checklist: Observations of Academic BehaviorsSchool-based DataParent Information6-12 Student Self- AssessmentWork samples“We utilize multiple criteria for the identification of students as required by state regulations.” READ FROM THE SLIDE“We have five criteria at the secondary level. Secondary students take the student self-assessment. This is important for secondary students – especially high school students who can articulate their goals and aspirations.”Additional Notes:Standardized Tests information (if parents ask)2-12: NNAT 2 (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test – second edition)6-8: Stanford 10PSATSATSchool based data can consist of content assessments, most recent SOL scores, grades, and/or alternate measures such as student products.These elements are collected during the school year and looked as a student profile by a committee.The identification process is finalized in the spring.
45Eligibility Criteria - Visual Art or Vocal/Instructional Music Areas – Grades 3-12 Art and Music Teacher Referral: Observations of Artistic BehaviorsStudent ProductsGradesParent Information6-12 Student Self- AssessmentAdditional Notes:We utilize multiple criteria for the identification of students in the arts areas as well. Student products are required.READ FROM THE SLIDE.Again, these elements are collected and REVIEWED as a holistic profile by a committee. Materials for the identification process are collected over the course of school year.
46Appeals ProcessAn Appeal is available to families following the eligibility process:Appeals begin at the school level with the principalA second level of appeal is a county-wide Gifted Services Administrative Appeals Committee (must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the school level committee decision)Additional Notes:Following an eligibility process, appeals can be made –Appeals take two levels:First to the school with the building principal.Then to a county-wide Gifted Services Administrative Appeals Committee.
47Gifted Services Identification Teacher awareness of student’s abilities and understanding of student’s instructional needsOpportunities to work with other students who have the ability to reason and problem solve at a high levelRTG availability to support student’s performance and educational programThe purpose of identifying a student for services is to provide for the following:READ FROM SLIDE.