State Goal for Services for Gifted Students
"Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services."
Approximately 10 percent of Fort Worth ISD students are formally identified as gifted learners. Students whose performance shows evidence of advanced potential are grouped with the formally identified to form a talent pool. Each campus, at every grade level, has a talent pool of students who are clustered together for instruction. In order to meet the goal from the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, talent pool students are provided learning experiences throughout the school day by teachers who are trained in gifted education. The curriculum is differentiated to meet their readiness, interests and learning profiles to ensure maximum growth. Through independent investigations students develop understandings, knowledge and skills of the practicing professional. Talent pool students are also provided enrichment opportunities in Leadership, Service Learning, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, and Problem Solving.
Middle and high school students are placed in Pre-AP and Advanced Placement classes with teachers who have attended additional professional development focusing on Pre-AP and AP strategies. Far more students than those identified as gifted benefit through the differentiation offered to all students by gifted certified teachers. Talent Pool and Pre-AP teachers will have differentiated instructional strategies, learning experiences, resources, products and assessments that are designed to facilitate differentiation and meet the needs of the advanced learner.
Identification Of Gifted Students
Identification of gifted students is based on multiple sources of data. These include achievement and ability test score data, parent and teacher perception surveys, and student performance as measured by a student portfolio. Information on identification procedures is provided by each school and each school follows a specific timeline for the identification of students.
Renzulli Learning Systems
Parents appreciate seeing their child passionate about a topic or school experience that demonstrates the true joy and excitement of learning. With the rapid evolution of instructional technology, rich and complex resources tailored to individual students’ abilities, interests and learning styles may be accessed by students with the click of a mouse—in the classroom, during after-school programs, at home or wherever internet access is available.
Renzulli Learning is a web-based learning system based on more than40 years of research and development in the field of gifted education including advanced level thinking skills, motivation, creativity and engagement in learning. Renzulli Learning is integrated into the gifted differentiation component of the curriculum frameworks as a supplementary resource for TPPO and Pre-AP students. Renzulli Learning creates a student’s profile; then, the differentiation search engine examines over 60,000 safe and appropriate online and offline resources that relate to each student’s profile. This enables the student to work on assignments and projects that are challenging and engaging."
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