Mallard Creek Elementary Learning Immersion Talent Development

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					    Mallard Creek Elementary
   Learning Immersion Talent
Our program is committed to nurturing
      and stimulating the academic
   strengths of gifted and high-ability
 learners through specialized practices,
  challenging curriculum, and rigorous,
    relevant educational experiences
“Empowering Tomorrow’s
  Leaders…… Today!!!
How do we “empower” our
 Rich learning environment
 Safe and supportive
 Supporting the social/emotional needs
 Enrich their learning through engaging
  extracurricular activities
 Well-trained educators and staff on
  addressing the different needs of gifted
The LI/ TD Team
Role of the LI/TD Facilitator
v Lead the implementation, monitoring of an effective magnet program for meeting
  the needs of potentially gifted, high-achieving, and gifted students
v serve as an advocate on behalf of gifted and high-achieving learners
v support  and collaborate with teachers in the development of effective lesson
  plans that meet the needs of learners in our school
v monitor the use of best practices
v model and coach teachers in the development of best practices
v select and provide supplemental resources to support topics, content, concepts
  that are being taught
v facilitate activities and events to provide students with opportunities to extend
  their learning beyond the regular classroom experiences
v serve as a liaison between the school program and the TD Dept and Magnet Office.
v serve as a spokesperson for our program by keeping parents informed
v work collaboratively with parents
v serve on the Administrative team to help facilitate a successful school
v lead TD Committee
v assess and evaluate students for the gifted program
v maintain all paperwork/activities associated with being an LI/TD magnet
v Work with individual or groups of students
Learning Immersion/TD Teachers
 Learning Immersion
 ◦   Assess the needs of students and use assessment to drive instruction
 ◦   Differentiate based on the needs of students
 ◦   Provide opportunities for students to experience creative and critical thinking opportunities
     to enrich their learning
 ◦   Plan lessons with support with colleagues and facilitators to address the needs of students
     with supplemental resources if needed
 ◦   Communicate with parents and administration
      Attend professional development that supports the needs (academic, artistic,
     social/emotional, behavioral, etc.) of students within the program
 Talent Development
 •   Working towards or hold Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Licensure
 •   Serve identified gifted or potentially gifted students within a daily classroom setting
 •   Plan and work collaboratively with grade-level colleagues to ensure all academic needs of
     the learner are addressed (i.e.-Response to Instruction (RTI) Time
 •   Assess the needs of their students and differentiate based on their needs
 •   Enrich and accelerate learning using best practices for gifted learners
 •   Ongoing communication with parents, facilitators, and administrators
 •   Attend professional development that supports the needs (academic, artistic,
     social/emotional, behavioral, etc.) of students within the program
    Rich Learning Environment

 Common Core and Essential Standards as our
 Well-balanced literacy program
 High quality mathematics
 Integrating of social studies and science
 Infusing of the arts within the regular
  classroom instruction
 Integration of technology as a student tool
   Balanced Literacy Program
 Teaching reading (Skills & Strategies)
 Vocabulary
 ◦ Wordly Wise Program(3-5 TD Classes)
 Curriculum designed for Gifted learners
 ◦ William & Mary Language Arts program (use the book as
   a guide, not just use of novels)
 ◦ Junior Great Books
 ◦ Touchpeebles Reading Program (Inquiry-based Program)
 ◦ A to Z Text based on student levels
 ◦ Navigators Book Sets & Teacher Guides
 Differentiated Literature Circles
 Paidea Seminars
  Safe and Supportive Learning
 Use of pre-assessments to determine student’s needs
 Use of data to drive instruction
 Differentiation of instruction within the classroom
  (based on student’s needs, interest, learning
  preferences , Multiple Intelligences) and during
  Response to Instruction (RTI) time
 Consistent behavior plans (differentiate plans where
  needed); maintaining documentation to address
  student needs
 Open communication and collaborative relationship
  with parents
 Collaborative team effort when addressing needs of
  students (involve Facilitator, Dean of Students,
  Counselor, and other Support staff as needed)
High Quality Mathematics
 -Continued teacher professional development
 Primary Use of Math Investigations Program and
  CMS-created units
 Supplemental resources
      TERC Math Investigations Units
      Navigators’ Math Units
      Mentoring Minds
      Mentoring Mathematical Minds (M3) Units
      Kathy Richardson
      Marcy Cook Cards
      Differentiation -Menus, Contracts, Compacts
      Problem Solver Series
      Primary Math Challenge & Math Challenge Books (Great for
       Differentiating Levels)
Social Studies and Science
 Essential Standards as a Guide
 Inquiry-based learning
 Note booking
 Use of Expository text
 Problem-Based Learning Experiences
 Integration of hands-on experiences,
  technology-based learning and exploration,
  virtual field experiences and field trips
 Projects
Supporting the Social and
Emotional Needs
 Quarterly Meetings with Parents based on
  different subjects
 Support groups to address social emotional
 Regular class meetings to address different
  needs associated with the gifted learner
 Collaboration with parents, support staff and
  administrative team
 Student monitoring and evaluation, goal setting
  of academic and behavioral progress
 Possible workshop
 Student-Led Conferences
Extracurricular Activities
 Math Olympiad (4-5)
 Math Club (K-3)
 Science Olympiad (K-5)
 Chess (K-5)
 National Elementary Honor Society (4-5)
 Geography/Tar Heel Club (3-5)
 Arts’ Clubs (Drama, Music, Art, Dance (K-5)
 Safety Patrol (5)
 Student Government Association (3-5)
 Magnet Ambassadors (4-5)
Sharing & Questions

 ◦ Completion of Parent Survey
 ◦ Open for General Questions

            A Team Effort takes all of Us!
    Thank you for Being an Active Part of the Team.

             Presenter, Christina Forney
                Principal, Natalie Lowe

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