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How To Talk So Schools Will Listen Christine Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW Kenosis Counseling Center, Inc. 1678 Fry Road, Ste D Greenwood, IN 46142 (317) 865-1674.

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1 How To Talk So Schools Will Listen Christine Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW Kenosis Counseling Center, Inc Fry Road, Ste D Greenwood, IN (317)

2 Advocacy Mindset Parental Mindset We don’t know what we don’t know There is a lot we don’t know about GT/HA It is our responsibility to learn what we don’t know We need to talk in a language/present evidence that teachers will positively respond to Write an annual letter to teachers introducing your child

3 Advocacy Mindset School Mindset Teachers are motivated to help students learn Time and energy are limited resources for teachers Teachers deserve our respect, appreciation & empathy Teachers are frustrated that they have to teach to the middle and below, as well as teach to ISTEP standards GT teachers are not required to have a GT endorsement Consequently, they don’t know what they don’t know

4 Why IQ Test? IQ testing opens doors to resources MENSA kids.indymensa.org Top 2% IQ Davidson Institute for Talent Development Top 1% IQ Local Contact for IQ Testing Jim Dalton, PhD (cell# )

5 Barriers of IQ Testing Results IQ tests hold little value with teachers – they show potential of a student Achievement tests carry more weight – they show current performance level NUMATS provides above-grade level testing

6 NUMATS Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search Administers 3 above-grade level tests EXPLORE SAT ACT

7 EXPLORE Test Developed by ACT Normally given to 8 th graders Registration thru end of January NUMATS testing of 3 rd -6 th graders $59 until 12/21/09 $70 after 12/21/09

8 ACT/SAT Testing Normally given for college admission Registration thru end of April Provide more accurate picture of mathematical and verbal reasoning abilities NUMATS testing of 6 th - 9 th graders ACT – $66 SAT – $79

9 Benefits of NUMATS Testing Gives students practice when there is absolutely no pressure to perform well Reduces anxiety (trial run) for future testing when students take PSAT/ACT/SAT in high school Research shows an increase of 150 points each time student take SAT GT students are the ones who will be vying for scholarships Excellent PSAT results (taken as a junior in hs) qualifies students for National Merit Scholarship 2010 Qualifying score for Indiana juniors – 211 (out of 240)

10 Scholarships Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Young Scholars Program (NUMATS) Highly competitive national scholarship program for high achieving 7th grade students who need financial support Application February thru April 26, 2010

11 Scholarships, Con’t Indiana Association for the Gifted (IAG) Up to three $2,500 scholarships Applicants must be college-bound Indiana high-ability students who are attending any accredited college or university Awarded based on academic merit Online application only Due Friday March 12, 2010 by midnight

12 Scholarships, Con’t MENSA Education & Research Foundation Applicant must currently be a member of a participating American Mensa Local Group's area (Central IN Mensa – Region 04) Awards based totally on essays written by the applicants -- consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need Application September 15 th thru January 15 th

13 Creating An Academic Portfolio Name/School /School Year Average Mean Scores (College-Bound Seniors) SAT 1483 (out of 2400) August 2009 Average Test Scores (Fall-tested 8 th Graders) EXPLORE (ACT) – 14.9 Composite Fall 2008 English – 14.2 Math – 15.1 Reading – 13.8 Science – 15.9

14 Academic Portfolio, Con’t Include ISTEP results Lexile scores Benchmarks Awards Memberships (i.e. Mensa, etc)

15 The Templeton National Report on Acceleration, 2004 Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students

16 Early Admission to Kindergarten Students enter kindergarten or first grade prior to achieving the minimum age for school entry as set by district or state policy. For example, entry to kindergarten will be allowed for prospective students who will achieve the age of five years on or before (August 1 st for IN) of their entry year.

17 Early Admission to First Grade This practice can result from either the skipping of kindergarten, or from accelerating a student from kindergarten in what would be the student’s first year of school.

18 Grade-Skipping A student is considered to have grade skipped if he or she is given a grade-level placement ahead of chronological-age peers. Grade-skipping may be done at the beginning or during the school year.

19 Continuous Progress The student is given content progressively as prior content is completed and mastered. The practice is accelerative when the student’s progress exceeds the performance of chronological peers in rate and level. Provision for providing sequenced materials may or may not be with the discretion of the teacher or within the control of the student.

20 Self-Paced Instruction With this option the student proceeds through learning and instructional activities at a self- selected pace. Self-paced instruction is a sub-type of continuous progress acceleration. Self-paced instruction is distinguishable from the more general continuous progress in that the student has control over all pacing decisions.

21 Subject-Matter Acceleration/ Partial Acceleration This practice allows students to be placed with classes with older peers for a part of the day (or with materials from higher grade placements) in one or more content areas. Subject-matter acceleration or partial acceleration may be accomplished by the student either physically moving to a higher-level class for instruction (e.g., a second-grade student going to a fifth-grade reading group), or using higher-level curricular or study materials. Subject-matter acceleration may also be accomplished outside of the general instructional schedule (e.g., summer school or after school) or by using higher-level instructional activities on a continuous progress basis without leaving the placement with chronological-age peers.

22 Combined Classes While not, in and of itself, a practice designed for acceleration, in some instances (e.g., a fourth and fifth-grade split room), this placement can allow younger students to interact academically and socially with older peers. It may or may not result in an advanced grade placement later.

23 Curriculum Compacting The student’s instruction entails reduced amounts of introductory activities, drill, and practice. Instructional experiences may also be based on relatively fewer instructional objectives compared to the general curriculum. The time gained may be used for more advanced content instruction or to participate in enrichment activities. Instructional goals should be selected on the basis of careful analyses for their roles in the content and hierarchies of curricula. The parsing of activities and goals should be based on pre-instructional assessment.

24 Telescoping Curriculum Student is provided instruction that entails less time than is normal (e. g., completing a one year course in one semester, or three years of middle school in two). Telescoping differs from curriculum compacting in that time saved from telescoping always results in advanced grade placement. It is planned to fit a precise time schedule. Curriculum compacting, on the other hand, does not necessarily advance grade placement.

25 Mentoring A student is paired with a mentor or expert tutor who provides advanced or more rapid pacing of instruction.

26 Extracurricular Programs Students elect to enroll in coursework or after school or summer programs that confer advanced instruction and/or credit.

27 Correspondence Courses The student enrolls in coursework delivered outside of normal school instruction. Instruction may be delivered traditionally by mail, but increasingly other delivery mechanisms such as Internet-based instruction and televised courses are used. EPGY (Educational Program for Gifted Youth)

28 Early Graduation The student graduates from high school or college in three-and-a-half years or less. Generally, this is accomplished by increasing the amount of coursework undertaken each year in high school or college, but it may also be accomplished through dual/concurrent enrollment (see below) or extracurricular and correspondence coursework.

29 Concurrent/Dual Enrollment The student takes a course at one level and receives credit for a parallel course at a higher level (e.g., taking algebra at the middle school level and receiving credit at both the middle school and the high school level or taking a high school chemistry course and receiving credit for a university course upon successful completion).

30 Advanced Placement (AP) The student takes a course (traditionally in high school) that will confer college credit upon successful completion of a standardized examination.

31 Credit by Examination The student is awarded advanced standing credit (e.g., in high school or college) by successfully completing some form of mastery test or activity.

32 Acceleration in College The student is awarded an advanced level of instruction at least one year ahead of normal. This may be achieved with the employment of other accelerative techniques such as dual enrollment and credit by examination or by determination of college teachers and administrators.

33 Early Entrance into Middle School, High School or College The student completes two or more majors in a total of four years and/or earns an advanced degree along with or in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.

34 MENSA – Join Today! Qualification for membership -- IQ score in the top 2% on a Mensa-approved IQ test Submit prior evidence (PE) of prior testing During the month of February 2010 (PE) fee has been waived between 2/1/2010 and 2/28/2010 List "Free PE Month" in the box labeled "Name of Special Promotion" on the application For more information on prior evidence, go to and click on JOIN MENSA


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