Williamsburg Middle School
Resource Teacher for the Gifted
Arlington Public Schools Division is dedicated to maximizing the strengths and potential of all students so they may become self-confident, well-rounded, responsible and productive citizens. Believing that each and every individual has merit, we recognize that certain learners within the school population have unique abilities, interests, needs and potential for accomplishment. These characteristics necessitate systematic, continuous services to present unique and appropriately differentiated curricula responsive to individual learning rates, styles, and complexities. Gifted students need opportunities to think abstractly, work at various rates and levels of complexity, and pursue tasks independently. In addition, gifted students need opportunities to learn with others of like abilities, as well as opportunities to develop social relationships with others of all abilities. The Office of Gifted Services reflects this philosophy and complies with Virginia Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students based on the following concepts.
The Gifted Identification Process identifies students in the following areas.
The goals of Gifted Services include the following:
to identify students in grades K-12 in Specific Academic Aptitude(s) and Visual/Performing Arts Aptitude;
to provide appropriate differentiated services based on information provided in the identification process to meet the identified student's unique learning needs;
to train teachers and other professional educators who instruct gifted students in learning characteristics and behaviors of gifted children and differentiation of content, skills, activities, and product development;
to encourage involvement of parents and the community-at-large in the educational program of gifted students.