What's New in CCS Gifted Education?

2nd Quarter Edition

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CCS Honors Course Teachers Begin 1st Honors Course Review

Throughout the 2015-16 school year, a group of Honors Course teachers from each high school in Cabarrus County participated in the process of reviewing the purpose and content of their Honors syllabi. The purpose of this review is to clearly define what makes an honors level course different from a standard level course. The Honors Review rubric assesses how the curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices are adapted for advanced learners.

The Honors Course Review began at a state level 2 years ago, and Cabarrus County will continue this valuable work locally throughout the coming years. Below is a list generated by the Honors Teachers to guide them in thinking about the characteristics of an Honors-level course.

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The Year of Awareness...

Students in elementary schools across the county are becoming more aware of what it means to be "gifted" through a book study. The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids by Judy Galbraith provides a platform for discussion and self-reflection on some of the issues and challenges that may face gifted learners in their day-to-day lives. Counselors at some schools are finding this book study a great way to partner with the AIG program to support social and emotional issues of gifted students.

While the book is written for a student audience, it is an eye-opening read for adults as well. Teachers in the GLEE cohort are reading this book as part of their coursework, and middle and high school teachers are delving in to The Gifted TEEN Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle. A must read book!

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Learning to Stretch Student Thinking

GLEE teachers at JN Fries Middle School learn how to incorporate visual learning strategies in to their instruction to increase rigor and promote critical thinking. During the PD teachers practiced by developing concept maps about using critical thinking with students. Lessons using visual learning can be found in the book Making Thinking Visible by R. Ritchhart, M. Church, and K. Morrison.

Books Featured in this Edition

CCS Gifted Education Department

For more information please contact Nikki Sandor.