Gifted Education @ Lee

Important GTi Information

Why Should I Read This??

This newsletter is written for educators at Lee who would like to learn about GTi services and important dates that will be upcoming in the 2016-2017 school year! Chances are if you do not have a GT learner in your class right now don't hold your breath... you will eventually get one...and soon! You will also get parent questions no doubt-reading this should make you feel like you are able to be the frontline for some basic questions. Please know that I am here to support you and you can always refer them to me if a parent requests more clarification. Knowledge is POWER!!
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About Me....

Hi everyone, I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing campus serving the community for its THIRD year. I have been an educator for the past 10 years. Previously I have taught in both private and charter schools. I have had various roles in education from being a classroom teacher to an Reading Interventionist K-5. I have also taught 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th grade. For the past 2 years I had the privilege of being Richard J Lee Elementary's GTi Specialist. I have learned so much and cannot wait to continue this journey.


With that said I am here for you. I want to support you in the best way I can. I have created this smore so that you are able to learn a little bit about the service offered and be aware of upcoming dates....as well as being prepared when parents ask you questions....with that said please do not hesitate to ask me ANY and ALL questions that you are wondering about.

How does a Learner qualify for GTi services?

Services are dependent on a NEED. This means that though a learner maybe identified as GT he/she may not be showing a need for extra services. The differentiation that you provide for this learner maybe just what the learner needs. The reverse is also true if a learner is NOT identified as GT but is showing a need for services please let me know and I will work with you to provide extensions in the classroom.


A learner will qualify for services IF they showing a need across 3 data points (qualitative/quantitative). Simply scoring well on a cogAT test will NOT determine a need for services. The learner will be screened and I will gather the data points. Previously this consisted of: a teacher questionnaire, map scores, an interview with the learner, planned experiences, cogAT scores, work samples, test, and/or work samples.

Since this screening could take up to a few months typically learners do not find out if they qualify until February...yes it is a long process and a COMMITTEE decides a need for services.

What does Universal Testing/Screening Mean?

Universal Testing/Screening means that every learner in a particular grade level will be assessed. There grade levels for 2016-2017 will be Kinder, First, Third, and Fifth.

Grade Specific Info

Please scroll down and read about assessment in you specific grade level.

Kindergarten and First Grade

Your learners will be screened primarily through "Planned Experiences". These will be gifted lessons that you and I will co-teach and observe to see if we notice gifted traits among the learners. I will take the products from the lessons and score them with the help of other GTi Specialists. We will then look at the data from teacher observations, and scored planned experiences and decide which selected few learners we would like to dig a little deeper with and possibly give them a cognitive abilities test.


*Training on Planned Experiences will be conducted by me during the week of September 12th-September 23rd. I will email your team and schedule the most convenient time. New Kinder and First designers to Lee will need to participate in the training and I will do a refresher for my designers who have been trained in the past.


**I will begin Scheduling planned experience lessons with you between September 26th-December 9th.


***Learners will receive notification letters during the month of February.


Here is the Video link that previously went out to all Kinder parents. It would be beneficial for you to view this if you want a clear understanding of GT assessment for your grade. Please do not share this link with parents, it is only for your viewing pleasure :).

Kindergarten GT Assessment

Second Grade

Your learners will be screened if they are nominated by a parent or yourself. Designers have the privilege of nominating learners at ANY point during the year. Again if you are noticing gifted behaviors in a learner let me know and we will work through it together.


If your learner was eligible for Fall testing (Deadline was 9/2) then he/she will receive scores in November and a notification of eligibility will be sent out in February.

Third Grade

All learners will be universally screened and will be given a cogAT, EXCEPT the ones who have already qualified for services and are currently being served. This will take place in the month of October.

I will gather various data points both qualitative and quantitative to determine eligibility. The GTC (gifted and talented committee) will meet and make a decision. Acceptance letters will go out in February.

Fourth Grade

Your learners will be screened if they are nominated by a parent or yourself. Designers have the privilege of nominating learners at ANY point during the year. Again if you are noticing Gifted traits in a learner let me know and we will work through it together.


If your learner was eligible for Fall testing (Deadline was 9/2) then he/she will receive scores in November and a notification of eligibility will be sent our in February.

Fifth Grade

ALL your learners will be Universally screened and WILL be given a cogAT. This information is helpful for middle school. Testing will take place in the month of October.

I will gather 3 different data points both qualitative and quantitative to determine eligibility. The GTC (gifted and talented committee) will meet and make a decision. Acceptance letters will go out in February.

GREEN FOLDERS

These folders are for documentation purposes. You are the first point of contact for your learner and must differentiate for him/her each day everyday. You should be regularly documenting how you are doing this in your classroom regularly. I will be here to support you in any possible way that I can. Realize that as a gifted learner they must be accommodated for in their class. Every educator must have their 30 GT hours thus you must reach all of your learners.


Here is link to see the GTi Accommodations (Interactive Version) and see some examples of what you can include in your matrix.

Difference Between Gifted and High Achievers

Here is a presentation that you can go through which may clarify the difference between high achievers and gifted learners.


Here is an article that will help you get ideas to make your classroom work for gifted learners.

KOI Presentation

Here is the presentation for the training that was provided for K-1 designers explaining how the KOI will work this year.

BOOK ME!

Designers should you have any questions or concerns please Book Me!


You can do that by clicking on this link!

What Have I Been Up to...What Am I Working On...

This year I am working on coming up with a resource for all designers who have gifted learners in their classroom. This will include gifted resources, menu ideas, station ideas, and independent projects that you may use with your identified learners who place out of classroom material. It will be broken down by subject area, topic and nine weeks. I am working on this with my team and I can't wait to see this resource come to life!!


These are some things that I attended last year:


Region 10:

Throughout the months of September and October I completed my 30 hours GT training. I chose to do this through Region 10 because I wanted to be able to clarify questions face to face and have human interaction! I found that my 5 days of training was so beneficial and that it provided me with a world of knowledge.

These are some major take aways from my training:


DAY 1- Nature and Social/Emotional Needs-


DAY 2- Identification and Assessment


DAY 3- Differentiating Instruction


DAY 4- Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Design


DAY 5- Advanced Products and Performances for the Gifted


I also had the privilege of attending TAGT in December! This opportunity is very special to me because I get to spend time with other Specialists who do the same thing I do at the Elementary Campuses. These group of ladies are truly phenomenal and I enjoy spending time with them and learning from all of their years of experience. The conference was over 3 days and I attended some sessions that were very valuable.

I attended 5 different sessions and here are the notes from the professional development.