Bridges in Mathematics GT Family Information Letter
A great diversity exists among learners, necessitating different expectations for each. Therefore, the educational community has a responsibility to identify and develop the talents of those children who are gifted and talented in the areas of general intellectual ability, specific academic ability, creativity, artistic ability and leadership. Through Elmbrook's Gifted and Talented Program, qualitatively different experiences and opportunities are developed for such students. The primary objective is to develop the unique talents of each student.
Several beliefs form the basis of Elmbrook's Talent Development Program:
- The needs of the Talent Development student are primarily met through differentiation by the classroom teacher in collaboration with support staff.
- Early recognition of student needs is essential.
- Identification of student capabilities is ongoing and continuous.
- Multiple criteria are used to identify student needs.
- Communication between the parent and classroom teacher regarding the child's learning needs is essential.
- To help support this mission, Elmbrook is a member of PAGE (https://sites.google.com/site/cesa1page/). PAGE is a consortium of parents, teachers and educators from CESA #1 districts working together to improve gifted education. PAGE annually provides speakers, organizes an opportunity fair (Cool Stuff for Kids), provides fun learning opportunities and donates books on gifted issues to area libraries.
Talent Development Identification Process
Identification is an ongoing and continuous process to develop awareness of student capabilities and needs. All students are considered for identification at all grade levels, and all students are considered for identification in any one or more of the five categories of giftedness recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Those areas are:
- Specific academic
- Visual/Performing Arts
Several factors may trigger the formal identification process such as standardized test performance and parent or teacher nomination. Depending on a child's grade level and area of giftedness, standardized tests will be administered. In all cases, a student must meet multiple criteria to be identified as gifted. For more details, please see the identification flow chart and/ or the district policy and practice statement on identification.
Talent Development Parent Advisory Board (G/T PAO)
The Talent Development Parent Advisory Organization (G/T PAO) serves as a communication link between parents of G/T children and the School District of Elmbrook. Visit their webpage for more information, meeting dates and G/T PAO representatives at each school.
- Parent Teacher Conference Suggestions (updated 10/09) - This document lists potential questions and topic areas to help everyone get the most from parent/teacher conferences.
- District Policy 5127, Graduation Separation
- District Policy 6142.1, Gifted and Talented Identification Procedures
PAGE - Elmbrook school district, along with many other CESA #1 districts, belongs to Parents Advocating for Gifted Education. This organization sponsors a yearly speaker, enrichment events for kids, and an annual opportunity fair (Cool Stuff for Kids). All parents and children of member districts are welcome to their events and meetings.
Gifted Learning Links offered through Northwestern University, are enrichment courses offered throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to interact with online instructors and other students to complete collaborative projects and online discussions. Classes are offered in many subject areas. Click here to visit the Gifted Learning Links website.http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/gll/
Talent Development Coordinator Contacts
- Dr. Rae McClain, K-8 GT/Talent Development Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Ryan Oertel, Director of Secondary Student Options, (9-12 Talent Development) email@example.com
Talent Development District Contacts
- Dana Monogue, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, 262.781.3030 ext. 1110 firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation from GT PAO 10/21/15