What District Supports are Available for Gifted Students?
ALL schools in the district are responsible for meeting the needs of identified gifted and talented students. K-8 schools are supported through a GT teacher, charter schools are supported through a designated point of contact, and high school is supported through a site-based team and the Central Office.
GT services in DPS schools range from:
- co-teaching by the gifted education teacher in the regular classroom.
- pull-out programs: The student meets with the GT teacher in a specific subject for a short period of time, but spends most of the time in the regular classroom.
- cluster grouping: School-based model where gifted students are placed together in a regular classroom.
- ability grouping: Content-based groups of students working at the same level in the regular classroom.
- curriculum compacting: Using the same materials but moving through the content at a faster pace and/or in greater depth for students who excel.
- acceleration of content.
- enrichment opportunities.
- magnet services (for students designated HGT or Magnet Eligible)
The gifted education teacher collaborates with classroom teachers in differentiating instruction and providing best practices for gifted and talented learners.
For formally identified gifted students (GT/HGT), the gifted education teacher, in collaboration with the classroom teacher, parent, and student, develop and support the implementation of Advanced Learning Plans (ALP). The ALP will document programming for each child identified as gifted and talented.
Additional services and opportunities may focus on talent development for those students who are not formally identified but are demonstrating a need in certain academic areas.
For more information about the gifted programing please contact the Gifted and Talented Teacher/Point of Contact for more information on what is available at your site.