NPS Gifted and Talented Newsletter

First Edition- Fall 2018

WELCOME

Welcome to our quarterly newsletter designed to keep you in the loop regarding our newly redesigned Gifted and Talented Program in the Norwalk Public Schools. One of our goals is to keep you informed about how the program is taking shape in our 16 schools across the district. It's an exciting time in the GT program! Please join us for our journey to include the Schoolwide Enrichment Model districtwide!

ENRICHMENT CLUSTERS AT TRACEY SCHOOL

One of the District's new initiatives is to increase enrichment opportunities for all students.Through the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, or SEM, all students are exposed to enrichment activities. Students get to choose an opportunity based on their interests and passions. Teachers facilitate as students drive the learning. It is through these clusters we can start to develop student talent and harness gifted behaviors.

History Day

GT Middle school students will have the opportunity to participate in Connecticut History Day this year. Tony Andrade, Fairfield County's regional CT History Day Coordinator, has been visiting with students explaining the various components of the competition. Stay tuned for more information!
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3rd Grade Gifted and Talented Identification

Third graders districtwide were screened using the Naglieri Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (NNAT3) and we are in the process of identifying students through a multiple-lens approach. Gifted and talented teachers are reviewing teacher-rating scales, achievement data and student work to assemble the talent pool. Parent nominations will be accepted in the Spring. Nomination windows and timelines will be posted on the website.

NPS Gifted and Talented Staff Presents at Colorado Gifted and Talented Annual State Conference

NPS GT teacher, Jessica Stargardter and GT Coordinator Lori Leibowitz, presented at the Colorado Gifted and Talented annual state conference in Loveland, Colorado last month about, "Personalizing Learning through Technology for Advanced Learners." Over 1000 people were in attendance as best practices in Gifted Education were shared and discussed.
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