GATE: Gifted and Talented Education

  • In 2015-2016, the district had the opportunity to review the services offered to our gifted students. As a result of that review, the district was able to develop a district gifted continuum of services without needing additional staff. The proposed gifted service plan, approved by the PCSD Board of Education, will allow us to serve more gifted students throughout the district in grades 3-12 as follows:

    GRADES 3 - 4
    Gifted Service Criteria
    Reading: Reading ID or Superior Cognitive Ability ID
    Math: Math ID or Superior Cognitive Ability ID or Creative Thinking ID

    Program Code: 205062
    REGULAR CLASSROOM WITH CLUSTER GROUPING
    Support provided by GIS assigned to the building


    Gifted students meeting the above criteria will be deliberately placed in classrooms with a teacher who will receive ongoing support and professional development in differentiating curriculum and instruction in both reading and math instruction from a gifted intervention specialist. The gifted intervention specialist will be actively involved in assisting the classroom teacher to differentiate and/or deliver content to gifted students clustered in his/her classroom. The program’s curriculum aligns with the Ohio’s New Learning Standards and was designed to support the development of critical thinking skills and problem solving while also engaging students in authentic real world challenges.

    GRADES 5 - 7
    Gifted Service Criteria
    Reading: Reading ID or Superior Cognitive Ability ID
    Math: Math ID or Superior Cognitive Ability ID or Creative Thinking ID


    Program Code: 205047
    LANGUAGE ARTS & MATH COURSES
    Support provided by GIS assigned to the building



    Qualifying gifted students have been deliberately placed with a general education language arts and/or math teacher who will receive ongoing support and professional development in differentiating curriculum and instruction in both reading and math instruction from a gifted intervention specialist. The gifted intervention specialist will be actively involved in assisting the classroom teacher to differentiate and/or deliver content to gifted students clustered in his/her classroom. The curriculum will be modified in depth, breadth, and pace based on the adopted course of study, and will be differentiated in one or more of the following ways:

    •  Providing access to appropriately advanced curriculum content, including replacement or extension of the regular curriculum;
    • Modifying the learning process to provide an appropriate level of challenge, including the use of strategies for curriculum compacting: and,
    • Modifying or replacing assignments and projects with alternatives based on the student’s needs and abilities.

    GRADES 6 – 7
    Gifted Service Criteria: Math ID, Superior Cognitive Ability or Creative Thinking

    Program Code: 205075
    HONORS MATH COURSES
    Support provided by the GIS assigned to building


    The middle school honors math courses serve as gifted services for qualifying gifted students. Highly qualified middle school instructors provide rigorous compacted content to students who are ready for accelerated learning. The curriculum in these courses is compressed and covers 3 years of math content in 2 years. The gifted intervention specialist will be actively involved in assisting the classroom teacher to differentiate and/or deliver content to gifted students clustered in his/her classroom. The GATE students enrolled in these courses will be challenged to think critically and collaborate in a group setting.

    GRADES 8 – 12
    Gifted Service Criteria: Superior Cognitive Ability, Creative Thinking Ability, Math ID, Reading ID, Science Id and Social Studies ID (Gifted identification must correlate with coursework to qualify as a gifted services.)
    Program Code: 205075
     
    HONORS COURSES
    Support provided by the district gifted coordinator

    The honors courses offered at the high school level provide students with an opportunity to engage in in-depth study and research. Teachers providing gifted services to gifted students enrolled in these courses will receive ongoing professional development and support from the district gifted coordinator. Not all Honors courses serve as gifted services. Not all honors courses serve as gifted services.
     
    Program Code: 205065
    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COURSES
    Support provided by the district gifted coordinator


    College-level courses with corresponding examinations in multiple subject areas (e.g. English, mathematics, etc.). Credit for college may be obtained if a student takes an AP examination sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board and given in the spring of each school year. Not all AP courses serve as gifted services.
     
    Program Code: 205070
    COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS
    Support provided by the district gifted coordinator


    Ohio’s College Credit Plus program provides the opportunity for students to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from colleges and/or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Taking a College Credit Plus course from a public college or university is free, which means no cost for tuition, books, or fees. If you choose to attend a private college or university, you may have limited costs.

ODE Gifted Service Requirements

  • Student gifted services must be differentiated based on identified areas of strength and in appropriate setting.
     
    The gifted support staff assigned to each building will be responsible for facilitating and completing the individual Written Education Plans (WEP) for students as required by ODE and reported in the Education Management Information System (EMIS).
     
    All classroom teachers responsible for providing gifted services in the regular classroom setting will receive ongoing high-quality professional development for gifted services provide by the gifted staff member assigned to their building as follows:
     
    Note: Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus teachers are exempt from this requirement.
     
    SchoolGifted Staff
    Service Day
    Office/Instructional Space
     NormandyMichele Wargo
    Support by Appointment
    N/A
     Parma High
    Michele Wargo
    Support by Appointment
    N/A
     Valley Forge
    Michele Wargo
    Support by Appointment
    N/A
     GreenbriarPolly Bowman
    Monday and Friday
    Media Center
     HillsideBrooke Beni
    Monday and Friday
    224
     ShilohMegan O'Hara
    Monday and Friday
    120D
     Green Valley
    Brooke Beni
    TuesdayRoom 24
     DentzlerBrooke Beni
    WednesdayRoom 11
     John Muir
    Brooke Beni
    Thursday28B/Room 2
     Pleasant Valley
    Polly Bowman
    Tuesday and Thursday
    Room 200C
     Parma Park
    Polly Bowman
    WednesdayRoom 100
     RenwoodMegan O'Hara
    TuesdayRoom 115
     Thoreau Park
    Megan O'Hara
     WednesdayRoom 201
     Ridge-Brook Megan O'Hara
    ThursdayRoom MC1
     
     
    If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact:
     
    Michele Wargo
    PCSD Gifted Coordinator

GATE: Gifted and Talented Education Documents

Policy on Academic Acceleration, Early Entrance to Kindergarten and Early High School Graduation

  • In accordance with the belief that all children are entitled to an education commensurate with their particular needs, students who can exceed the grade-level indicators and benchmarks set forth in the standards must be afforded the opportunity and be encouraged to do so.

     

    Whole-Grade Acceleration:  The practice of assigning a student to a higher grade level than is typical given the student’s age on a full-time basis for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities.

     

    Individual Subject Acceleration:  The practice of assigning a student to a higher grade level than is typical given the student’s age for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in one or more subject areas.

     

    Early Admission to Kindergarten:  The practice of admitting a student to kindergarten who has not yet reached the typical age at which students are admitted to kindergarten for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities.

     

    Early High School Graduation:  The practice of facilitating completion of the high school program in fewer than four years for the purpose of providing earlier than typical access to post-secondary educational opportunities.

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