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Gifted-Talented

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									Gifted and Talented Education


         Neil Cummins School
        Larkspur School District
               2010-11
               What is GATE?
“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)
                                                           Larkspur School District
                                            Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
                                                                 Parent Handbook
                                                                         2007-2008
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The Goal of the GATE program is to provide a curriculum and
environment (as recommended by Education Code 52200(c)) which
stresses:


     Appropriate differentiated, accelerated, or condensed curriculum opportunities
        commensurate with abilities and individual talents.
       Original approaches to task completion or alternative learning environments.
       Developing self-generating problem-solving strategies, higher-level thinking skills,
        and independent study habits.
       Supporting the social and emotional needs of gifted students in order to develop
        realistic, healthy self-concepts.
       Elements that create positive attitudes toward learning and becoming life-long
        learners.
       Developing sensitivity and responsibility to others as well as constructive ethical
        standards.
                                                                      Larkspur School District
                                                         Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
                                                                            Parent Handbook
                                                                                    2007-2008
 The District supports these goals with a
 comprehensive state approved plan that includes the
 following areas as part of its model:

    Eligibility and Identification
    Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
    Social and Emotional Development
    Parent and Community Involvement
    Staff Professional Development


                                                              Larkspur School District
                                                 Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
                                                                    Parent Handbook
                                                                            2007-2008
GATE Identification
 Multiple measures are used to identify gifted and talented students with
   exceptional capabilities in one or more of the following categories:

  Intellectual Achievement
  Specific Academic Achievement in Reading, Writing, Math or Science
  Creativity
  Leadership
  Visual and Performing Arts* (not measured by standardized tests.)
What are Multiple Measures?
 Achievement testing/academic performance data
 Cognitive Ability testing data
 Teacher Recommendation
 Parent Recommendation
 Referrals from specialists in the areas of Visual and Performing
  Arts or Leadership
 Student portfolios or work samples
 Other relevant data
GATE Testing Process and Timeline
  In the Fall

     GATE Administrator compiles a list of students who have scored in the highest stanine of cognitive
     achievement based upon a standardized cognitive abilities tests and at the Advanced level in both English
     Language Arts and Mathematics on the California Standards Tests. Additional data from CAT/6 academic
     achievement tests is also used for GATE qualification.
     .
  In the Spring

     1. 2nd through 4th grade academic achievement testing (STAR/CST) occurs in May of each school year
     measuring academic performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

     2. 2nd Grade students are identified using the GATES rating scales.

     3. 3rd grade students are assessed for cognitive achievement using a standardized test which measures
     verbal, quantitative and nonverbal reasoning abilities, and/or divergent thinking abilities.

     4. New students are tested when appropriate.
GATE Eligibility
   Teachers receive test               Parents receive test
 results from Spring testing        results from Spring testing
   and may recommend                  and may recommend
   students they feel are                 their child as a
     GATE candidates.                    GATE candidate




      Upon teacher or parent recommendation,
      a student is considered a GATE Candidate and
      referred to the Principal, GATE Administrator and
      the Student Study Team for a final determination of
      eligibility.
GATE Eligibility
The Student Study Team (SST) consists of the
 GATE Administrator
 Site Principals
 School Psychologist
 School Counselor
 Resource Specialist
 And other specialists who work with students in specialized
  capacities.
GATE Eligibility and Determination
  The Student Study Team will review the following data and make a determination
    of GATE participation:


   Achievement testing/academic performance data
   Cognitive Ability testing data
   Teacher Recommendation
   Parent Recommendation
   Referrals from specialists in the areas of Visual and Performing Arts or
    Leadership
   Student portfolios or work samples
   Other relevant data
GATE - Final Determination
  Parents will receive a letter of determination from the Student
   Study Team indicating that their child has meet the eligibility
   requirements for the classification of Gifted and Talented.

  An Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) addresses the needs
   of the student, outlines the type of instructional interventions and
   services to be provided, and creates goals for the student in his or
   her area of giftedness. An ILP is developed if needed.
GATE Program
Service Delivery Options
1. Differentiated Instruction in the General Education Classroom is provided to all
   GATE students.

2. Differentiated Instruction is also delivered through Intervention-
   Differentiation BLOCK (or 4th grade switch-a-roos) several times per week.
   The following courses are

    Problem Solving/Mathematics
    Jr. Great Books (Literature/Inquiry Learning)
    Inquiry Technology (Science/Technology)
    GATE Science Activities/Events
Parent Involvement
 Parents participate in the process of identifying students for GATE programs.


 Parents are part of the District Advisory Committee which oversees the GATE
  program.

 Parents participate in the evaluation of the GATE programs at each school site
  as part of the a site GATE committee consisting of teachers, parents, GATE
  Coordinator, GATE administrator, and School Psychologist.

 Parents participate in GATE activities and events, and have previously directed
  the Odyssey of the Mind program for GATE students.
Professional Development
The Larkspur School District is developing professional development
  opportunities for teachers and staff.

 District in-service in Differentiated Instruction for the General Education
   staff.

 Staff discussions on Learning Styles and Social and Emotional Development in
   gifted and talented students.

 Professional Learning Communities (a country-wide initiative) are being
   developed through the Marin County Office of Education.
Program Evaluation
Evaluation of the GATE program will occur annually and be based
upon written evaluations and questionnaires from:



                         •Students
                         •Teachers
                          •Parents


 The GATE Administrator will compile a review of the GATE program
 based upon these evaluations and present the findings to the DAC
 committee for review.

								
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