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1 Fremont Unified School District GATE Parent Night FUSD Attendance Areas November – December 2011 Presenter: John Schroeder, GATE Program Specialist

2 Who Are The Gifted? According to the National Association of Gifted Children: Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains.

3 Who Are The Gifted? Levels of giftedness: Moderately Gifted full scale IQ of 130 is the cut off Highly Gifted IQ above 140 Profoundly Gifted IQ above 170 Less than 5% of the population are gifted May be gifted in one area only No one child exhibits all of the characteristics “Gifted” does not guarantee academic success

4 Characteristics of the Gifted IntellectualPersonality Research abilityInsightful Academic accelerationI-N-T-E-N-S-E Intellectual curiosityNeed to understand Rapid learning rateNeed for mental articulation Abstract reasoningPerfectionism Vivid imaginationKeen sense of humor Passion for learningPerseverance Moral concerns Empathy and sensitivity ConcentrationActive self-awareness Keen sense of justiceQuestion rules/authority Analytical thinkingNon-conformity

5 Identification Categories Intellectual – Cognitive ability testing Specific Academic – CST scores Professional Judgment – Multiple criteria Leadership Out of District

6 GATE Testing 3 rd grade testing January 30 – March 16 4 th and 5 th grade testing on March 17 or 24 at the District office Cognitive Abilities Test – Test measures a student’s potential to learn – Tested in January through March at the school site – Tutoring is not recommended – Results are mailed home in June

7 My Child Qualified: What Now? Elementary School Happens during the school day! Placed in a GATE cluster GATE Certified teacher Offered differentiated curriculum

8 Differentiation Providing learning opportunities that are compatible with each student’s needs. Primary purpose of GATE differentiated instruction: CHALLENGE and INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION

9 Differentiated Instruction Student Centered Best Practices Different approach: NOT MORE OR LESS A way of thinking and planning A blend of whole-class, small group, and individual instruction

10 Dimensions of Differentiation Acceleration/Pacing Depth Complexity Novelty

11 Acceleration of Pacing Moving students faster through the curriculum and not expecting them to do what they already know what to do

12 Depth Having students become true experts in a given area; giving them an opportunity to find out about certain subjects in great detail.

13 Complexity Exploring the connections and relationships between things, comparing and contrasting.

14 Novelty Allowing students to exhibit their creativity in the creation of original projects that challenge their thinking in new and unusual ways.

15 Ways to Differentiate Process/Activities – Scholarly Habits – High Order Thinking Skills – Open-ended Questioning – Extension Menus – Tiered Activities – Projects

16 Ways to Differentiate Product - Write and illustrate own books - Socratic Seminars and Debates - Presentations, Videos, and Speeches - Posters - Projects: Models, Dioramas, Portfolios - Possibilities are limitless! Subject to teacher approval.

17 Ways to Differentiate Assessment - Rubrics - Observation - Conferencing - Projects- Choices

18 This is NOT Differentiation Student receives additional work of same difficulty Student taught what he already knows Student assigned work that demands only lower level thinking skills Student spends much time assisting less able peers Student’s assignments designed for older children

19 What if My Child Does Not Qualify….. Specific Academic - 2 out of the last three years scores - English language Arts and Math Only Professional Judgment - Two year waiting period - Multiple Criteria - Committee decision

20 Performance Level Ranges AdvancedProficientBasic Below Basic/ Far Below Basic 7 th grade Math Algebra th grade English th grade English

21 Recommendations

22 History/Social Science No changes to the current program Continue to focus on implementation of rigorous and differentiated units of study

23 Science Two Pathways to qualify as a 7 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: Advanced CST scores in ELA and Math in 5 th or 6 th grade AND A or B grade in 6 th grade Science GATE identified Two Pathways to qualify as an 8 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: To continue as an 8 th grade student: Advanced CST scores in English and Math in 7 th grade AND A or B grade in 7 th grade Science GATE identified A, B, or C grade in 7 th grade Honors Science Two Pathways to qualify as a 9 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: To continue as a 9 th grade student: Advanced CST scores in English and Math in 8 th grade AND A or B grade in 8 th grade Science OR A grades in 7 th and 8 th grade Science GATE identified A, B, or C grade in 8 th grade Honors Science

24 English Two Pathways to qualify as a 7 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: Advanced CST scores in ELA in 5 th or 6 th grade AND A or B grade in 6 th grade Reading and Writing GATE identified Two Pathways to qualify as an 8 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: To continue as an 8 th grade student: Advanced CST scores in English in 7 th grade AND A or B grade in 7 th grade English GATE identified A, B, or C grade in 7 th grade Honors English Two Pathways to qualify as a 9 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: To continue as a 9 th grade student: Advanced CST scores in English in 8 th grade AND A or B grade in 8 th grade English OR A grades in 7 th and 8 th grade English GATE identified A, B, or C grade in 8 th grade Honors English

25 Math Two Pathways to qualify as a 7 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: Advanced CST scores in Math in 5 th or 6 th grade AND A or B grade in 6 th grade Math GATE identified Two Pathways to qualify as an 8 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: To continue as an 8 th grade student: Advanced CST scores in Math in 7 th grade AND A or B grade in 7 th grade Pre Algebra GATE identified A, B, or C grade in 7 th grade Honors Pre Algebra or Honors Algebra Two Pathways to qualify as a 9 th grade student: Pathway 1:Pathway 2: To continue as a 9 th grade student: Advanced CST scores in Math in 8 th grade AND A or B grade in 8 th grade Algebra OR A grades in 7 th and 8 th grade Math courses GATE identified A, B, or C grade in 8 th grade Honors Algebra or Honors Geometry

26 Honors Classes Junior/Senior High Level - Placement in Pre-Algebra or Algebra I in 7 th grade is determined by how well they performed on the placement test as well as on CST/grades - Many and varied classes - What is best for the child

27 Honors Curriculum Differentiated from the core curriculum Curriculum objectives reflect higher level critical thinking and problem solving Lessons incorporate one or more of the following dimensions - Depth - Complexity - Novelty - Acceleration of pacing

28 Advanced Placement College curriculum Much information to cover Not differentiated AP testing College limits make careful choices

29 Your Best Source of Information: FUSD website: TGIF Parent Group: Website:

30 Other Resources CAG NAGC: Gifted Communicator magazine GATE library at the District Office Johns Hopkins CTY Talent Search EGPY at Stanford

31 Questions?

32 “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” Les Brown


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