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					Collaboration to Support
Diversity in Exceptional
       VASCD Conference
           Williamsburg VA
          November 29, 2007

               Jennifer Orr
            Charlene O’Brien
         Annandale Terrace ES
     Fairfax County Public Schools
"What educators and psychologists recognize as
 giftedness in children is really potential giftedness,
 which denotes promise rather than fulfillment and
 probabilities rather than certainties about future
 accomplishments. How high these probabilities are in
 any given case depends much on the match between a
 child's budding talents and the kinds of nurturance
                      Dr. Harry Passow, Expert in Gifted Education
Who are we talking about?
Are we providing access?
Who We Are                                         2006-2007 data

   PreK-5 Title One- 757 students
   45% ESOL; 40 languages, 60 countries
   61% Free/ reduced lunch
   10% Special Education
   42% Hispanic, 26% Asian-Pac Islander, 15% Black,
    14% White, 3%Other
   31% mobility
   16% gifted (center & school based) services
   Modified calendar
   Fully Accredited; AYP 2006-07
   Team- 99.3 members
Who are you?
What We Knew
   We were committed at all levels to our
    underrepresented populations
   Our teaching was inclusive
   We had successful implementation of good stuff
   We were a learning community and wanted to
    know more
   We weren’t addressing needs of high ability
What Was Happening
   Alternate and authentic assessments
   Observing student growth over time
   Shared beliefs about instruction & support
   Broad definition of giftedness
   Differentiating instruction
   Collaborating on lateral and vertical teams
    about students and instruction
   Frequent reflection on practices and results
What We Saw
   Our practices were bearing fruit
   More students qualifying for gifted services
   We were sending our high ability students
    to centers
   Our GT population didn’t reflect our general
What We Wanted
   To keep our center-based students
   Our school-based GT program as a
    reflection of our general population
   To continue nurturing our Young Scholars
   To raise awareness of gifted behaviors
   Spread teaching techniques for high ability
    learners throughout teams
How We Nurture
   Teacher recommendations for YS (K-5)
   Assessed using nonverbal measures
    (Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test)
   Flexible grouping- workshop model
   Intersession and after school programs
   Whole class taught by GT Resource
   School-based Level IV (Center) classrooms
What are ways you nurture?
The Transformation
   Identification process
   Young Scholars K-12
   Creative look at School-Based and Center-
    Based services
   Special Ed, ESOL embedded in learning
   Continuous learning and sharing
Young Scholar Screening Committee
What transformation is possible?
Commitment from staff
   Staff development
   Literacy Collaborative
   Ongoing assessment that makes sense
   Awareness raised about gifted behaviors
   Awareness of 2e kids
   Teacher research
Second Grade Teacher
How do classes look?
Support from admin
   Response to need for school-based center
   Creative staffing
   More focus on higher level learning
   Strategies lab
   Site based responses (2e, co-teaching
Support from district level
   Collaboration with other schools
   Access and availability
   Facilitate a network (Blackboard)
   Response to feedback from teachers
   Staff development including collaboration
    with special education
Collaboration with other schools
   Observation of school based level IV model
   Open discussions
   Sharing knowledge
   Sister schools
What do you think can be changed?
   to better identify and nurture students who
    would not be identified with more traditional

   To better serve the high ability learners and
    specifically underserved population?

   To develop high ability classrooms that reflect the
    gen pop of our school?
Fifth Grade Teacher
“…All students, not just a select group, can learn
 and learn well. Talent is not something to be
 found in the few; it is to be developed in the
                       Loren W. Anderson (2007)

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