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Leon County Schools STEM Initiative for Elementary Gifted and Talented
U.S. Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Education (FIE) $350,000 STEM in the Gifted and Talented Elementary Classroom
Purpose of the Grant Develop a quality elementary STEM program that is exclusive and specific to our gifted and talented students.
Todays Agenda Overview of our task and considerations related to the Gifted and Talented Elementary STEM initiative. (10 minutes) Meet in working groups to discuss key questions we need to consider in the development of a proposal. (30 minutes) Share the results of each working group. (20 minutes) Discuss next steps, meeting dates, and timeline. (15 minutes)
Definitions Gifted Gifted and Talented STEM
What is gifted? Florida defines gifted as someone who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance. Leon County Schools has a different set of criteria for gifted placement for students of under-represented groups, specifically students with limited English proficiency (ELL) and students from low SES families. (Plan B)
What is meant by the term gifted and talented? "Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment." U. S. Department of Education 1993.
What is meant by the term gifted and talented? The term gifted and talented student means children who give evidence of higher performance capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools in order to develop such capabilities fully. The Javits Act (1988)
What is STEM? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a national movement to: improve K-12 teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics prepare students for higher education as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers in the 21st Century ensure that students are taught by well- prepared, highly effective STEM teachers
Why do we need STEM programs for gifted and talented students?
What do we need STEM programs for Gifted and Talented students? U. S. students scoring above the 90 th percentile in mathematics and science are among those making the least progress in school. The percentage of U. S. students majoring in STEM disciplines in college and choosing STEM careers is decreasing while the percentage of foreign students in these fields is increasing. Top U. S. students continue to perform below the level of top students in other countries in the areas of mathematics, science and problem solving. National Association for Gifted Children Math/Science Task Force March 2009
Why do we need STEM programs for Gifted and Talented students? The overall proportion of STEM degrees awarded in the United States has historically remained at about 17% of all postsecondary degrees awarded. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2007) reports, Occupations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are expected to grow by 22% between the years 2002 and In comparison, the job growth for all other occupations is 10%.
Why do we need STEM programs for Gifted and Talented students? A dramatic demographic shift is occurring in the US. women and minorities collectively are becoming a significant majority of the workforce. Historically, the scientific and engineering workforce has had only modest success in attracting women, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans to its ranks. Yet, the job market for graduates in these fields is greater than ever before and will only continue to increase.
What does LCS FCAT Data tell us?
Fifth Grade FCAT Science Data for Students Identified as Gifted (Spring 2009) 94 Students Tested 30% scored a level 5. 49% scored a level 4. 20% scored a level 3. 1% scored a level 2. No students scored a level 1.
Fifth Grade FCAT Science Data by Ethnicity All LCS Students - 2,314 students tested SubgroupPercent scoring a 4 or higher Asian43% White25% Multiracial/ethnic17% Hispanic10% Black4%
Fifth Grade FCAT Science Data by Gender All LCS Students – 2,314 tested SubgroupPercent scoring a 4 or higher Male19% Female14%
LCS Fifth Grade FCAT Mathematics Data for Students Identified as Gifted 94 Total Gifted Students Tested 68% scored a level 5. 30% scored a level 4. 2% scored a level 3. No students scored a level 2. No students scoring level 1.
Fifth Grade FCAT Mathematics Data by Ethnicity All LCS Students: 2, 309 SubgroupPercent scoring a 4 or higher Asian75% White54% Multiracial42% Hispanic34% Black18%
Fifth Grade FCAT Mathematics Data by Gender All LCS Students: 2, 309 SubgroupPercent scoring a 4 or higher Females53% Males53%
LCS Gifted and Talented Programs Fall identified gifted elementary students 90 talented students are participating in a gifted and talented program, based on teacher recommendation and/or achievement scores in reading and math.
LCS Elementary Gifted and Talented Programs Gifted/Talented programs at 18 school sites Five of the sites are satellite centers serving their own students and gifted students from other schools and home schools students. Fifteen programs are exclusive to students who have tested into the gifted program. The other three programs provide services to students who are classified as gifted and talented.
LCS Elementary Gifted and Talented Programs Thirteen of the sites offer enrichment programs. Four of the sites offer enrichment AND core classes. One site offers consultation services to three gifted students.
What does an enrichment program offer? exploratory experiences that expose students to a variety of disciplines, topics, ideas, and fields of knowledge not ordinarily covered in the regular curriculum instructional methods and materials that promote creative thinking, problem-solving, learn how to learn skills, advanced level research skills, and critical thinking opportunities for students to pursue advanced level study in topics of individual interest
What does a core program offer? Gifted and talented students are grouped for instruction in a specific subject, i.e. math, science, language arts, social studies, etc. Teachers are required to address the specific content area standards for their grade level. Core instruction is developed and delivered to meet the specific needs of gifted and talented students. The program is advanced, challenging, often accelerated.
LCS Elementary Gifted and Talented Programs Many LCS enrichment programs include STEM topics and themes. Three school sites offer core gifted math classes. Two school sites offer core gifted science classes.
Todays Task Consider key questions relevant to the development of a Gifted and Talented STEM initiative in LCS elementary classrooms.
Questions RED – What should the elementary Gifted and Talented STEM classroom look like, i.e. activities, equipment, etc.? BLUE – What qualities should the teacher of the gifted and talented STEM classroom possess? What should she/he know and be able to do? GREEN – How can we open up opportunities for underrepresented populations of gifted and talented students in this area? ORANGE – Should this program be enrichment or core? Evaluate the pros and cons of each. PURPLE – What data, research, information, etc., do we need in order to develop a quality gifted and talented STEM program for elementary students?
Next Steps What information do we need to proceed? What other questions do we need to ask? What do we all need to do before our next meeting? How many times do we need to meet? When is our next meeting?