The Washington Local District believes that gifted children have exceptional educational needs, that these children exist in all ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups, and that these children represent a vast and largely untapped resource to society. The Gifted Services Department will expand the educational opportunities for these students by providing them with intellectual stimulation and creative challenge. The ultimate goal of the program will be to develop within the individual a desire for excellence and a sense of individual responsibility to self and society.
Cluster grouping and differentiated instruction provide developmentally appropriate material for gifted children, giving them the optimum opportunity to learn and to grow. The classroom teacher provides gifted service through many challenging and stimulating activities every day that directly address the gifted child’s academic needs.
Each elementary school has a Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) with a very important role in the services provided to gifted and talented students. The GIS is a teacher who has specialized training in gifted and talented education. Your child’s gifted intervention specialist will have many roles, and may include working with identified gifted students and some non-identified high achieving students, collaboration with classroom teachers to plan differentiation strategies, and curriculum modification. The Gifted Intervention Specialist’s role is to work closely with the classroom teacher in order to create modified learning opportunities. Various topics and lessons will be enriched in order to challenge these high achieving students.
Some high achieving students need specialized curriculum opportunities, and these . services, provided by the Gifted Intervention Specialist, may be seminars, workshops, independent studies, acceleration, or discussion groups. Services within Washington Local Schools do vary based on grade level and subject area. From purposeful clustering to acceleration and honors courses, just to name a few, the gifted program is designed to meet your student’s needs at an individualized level in order to challenge and grow each learner both academically and socially.