Resource Teacher for the Gifted
Overview of Gifted Services in Arlington Public Schools
ArlingtonPublic Schools 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 and learning opportunities responsive to individual learning rates, styles, and interests. Gifted students need opportunities to think abstractly, work at various rates and levels of complexity, and pursue tasks independently. In addition, students eligible for gifted services need opportunities to learn with others of like abilities, as well as opportunities to develop social relationships with others of all abilities.
The Officeof Gifted Services reflects this philosophy and complies with VirginiaRegulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students based on thefollowing concepts:
· Giftedness is developmental; it ispotential which must be nourished;
· Gifted students share somecharacteristics with all other children; and
· There is variability among thegifted.
The giftedservices eligibility process identifies students in the following areas.
· Specific Academic Aptitude: students with specific aptitudes inthe academic areas of mathematics, science, English, social studies
· Visual/Performing Arts Aptitude: students with specific aptitudes invisual art and/or instrumental or vocal music areas
The goals ofGifted Services include the following:
· Identify students in grades K-12 inSpecific Academic Aptitude(s) and Visual/Performing Arts Aptitude;
· Provide appropriate differentiatedservices based on information provided in the identification process to meetthe identified student's unique learning needs;
· Train teachers and other professionaleducators who instruct gifted students in learning characteristics andbehaviors of gifted children and differentiation of content, skills,activities, and product development;
· Encourage involvement of parents andthe community-at-large in the educational program of gifted students.
HowCan a Resource Teacher for the Gifted Benefit Our School?
On a school-wide level, the ResourceTeacher for the Gifted helps to:
· Coordinate the gifted identificationprocess for students who are referred for services
· Provide staff development aboutgifted education, differentiation, critical and creative thinking, etc.
· Serve as Gifted Services liaison
· Disseminate information to staffabout gifted conferences / workshops
· Oversee the application process forgifted summer programs
A Gifted Resource Teacher can benefit teachers byhelping to:
· Plan/collaborate on lesson or unitdevelopment
· Provide and model strategies fordifferentiating curriculum and instruction for highly able and identifiedgifted students
· Gather resources to supplement andextend classroom lessons
· Teach whole-class "thinkingtools" lessons specific to applicable topics
· Instruct small groups for specialprojects or extension lessons
· Help coordinate class activities,field trips, or speakers
· Provide support for parent contactsand conferences
A Gifted Resource Teacher can benefit students andparents by working to:
· Assist with the needs of individualstudents
· Provide guidance regarding summerprograms
· Inform families about communityresources and opportunities
· Communicate with parents about giftedservices