Gifted & Talented Program Workshop

Welcome Illinois School District #203

What does consider to be some of the characteristics of a bright student?

Knowing the answers, interested, attentive, has good ideas, works hard, answers the questions, listens with interest, learns with ease, understands ideas, enjoys peers and school, grasps meaning, is receptive, copies accurately, absorbs information easily, alert, and is pleased with learning.

What characteristics are different from a gifted and talented learners from a bright student?

Gifted learners will ask the questions, highly curious, is mentally and physically involved, has wild and silly ideas, plays with learning, discusses in detail and elaborates, shows strong feelings about opinions, already knows much, constructs ideas, often prefers adults, draws inferences, intense, creates a new design, enjoys learning, manipulates information, is keenly observant, and highly self-critical.

Identification and placement are determined by formal assessment and teacher evaluation.

How are prospective gifted and talented learners notified of their placement?

Eligibility results will be shared by the school. Placement notification letters will be distributed by mail before the close of the school year to those students considered for placement. Once students accept placement in Honors Mathematics and/or Project IDEA or Project IDEA+, they retain placement until they opt to exit the program.

What kinds of services are provided for gifted and talented learners, including (LRE)?

Go to Click on Academically Talented from the left column. You will see in red font the Overview of Gifted and Talented Programs: A Handbook for Parents. Then scroll down until you see Progression of Studies and Coursework table.

What are some of the accommodations for gifted and talented learners (Cleaver2008)?

  • Start as Scholars

  • Pretest

  • Plan early and often

  • Encourage Different Learning Styles

  • Group Accordingly

  • Leave it Open Ended

  • Make it real

  • Start slow

  • Up the Challenge

How can we use strategies to keep gifted and talented learners in from being bored?

  1. Provide open-ended assignments
  2. Create opportunities for collaboration
  3. Use tiered assignments
  4. Let them pursue independent projects
  5. Find the right books
  6. Consider an accelerated program
  7. Aim for school-wide enrichment

University of Phoenix

Michael Garber

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March 31, 2014

Jayna Schenk

APA formatted-references:

Cleaver, Samantha. (2008). Smart and Bored: Are We Failing our High Achievers?

Scholastic Instructor: Published by Scholastic Inc., New York, NY. Retrieved from

Naperville Community Unit School District 203. (2014). Overview of Gifted and Talented

Programs: A Handbook for Parents. Retrieved from