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Gifted and Talented

Last Updated: 8/6/2021 5:58 PM

Gifted and Talented Services

Gifted children have the right to an education grounded in the recognition and celebration of their individual differences and unique learning needs. Creating an environment that encourages and nurtures inquiry, flexibility, and critical thinking, Model Laboratory School strives to provide gifted learners with specialized opportunities where they will be challenged and encouraged to excel beyond the classroom.

Model Laboratory School District shall formally identify students in grades four through twelve (4-12) for participation in the Gifted and Talented program. Pursuant to state regulations, gifted and talented children comprise a category of “exceptional students.” According to state regulations, a gifted and/or talented child is defined as one who is identified as possessing demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level. They also may possess a consistently outstanding mental capacity as compared to children of their own age, experience, or environment. Initial nominations and referrals may be accepted from students (self or peers), teachers, parents, and/or outside sources.


Primary Talent Pool (Grades K - 3)

Model Laboratory School District shall identify students in kindergarten through 3rd grade for participation in the Primary Talent Pool. The Primary Talent Pool is a group of students who possess demonstrated or potential ability to perform at exceptionally high levels in the primary years. The purpose of selecting students to participate in a Primary Talent Pool is to provide early enrichment for those students whose talents must be nurtured in order for those talents to fully develop. These students are not automatically identified as “Gifted and Talented” once they reach the fourth grade. They must be formally identified by meeting certain criteria, in fourth grade and beyond.

Students in K-3 who exhibit gifted potential and behaviors are informally selected for the Primary Talent Pool. The Primary Talent Pool can include up to 25% of the primary population. It is not a formal program, but rather a way for classroom teachers to highlight and nurture high potential students within the primary program.


Gifted and Talented Identification Areas

In compliance with applicable statutes and administrative regulations, Gifted and Talented students will be identified in one of more of the following categories:

General Intellectual Aptitude (GIA)

Definition (as defined in 704 KAR 3:285 – Gifted and Talented Services): Possessing either demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in general intellectual ability and possessing a consistently outstanding mental capacity as compared to children of one’s own age, experience, or environment. General intellectual ability is usually reflected in extraordinary performance in a variety of cognitive areas, such as abstract reasoning, logical reasoning, social awareness, memory, spatial relations, and the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information.

Specific Academic Aptitude (SAA)

Definition (as defined in 704 KAR 3:285 – Gifted and Talented Services): Possessing either demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in specific academic areas significantly beyond the age, experiences, or environment of one’s chronological peers.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Creative or Divergent Thinking (Creativity)

Definition (as defined in 704 KAR 3:285 – Gifted and Talented Services):
Possessing either demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in creative thinking and divergent approaches to conventional tasks as evidenced by innovative or creative reasoning, advanced insight and imagination, and solving problems in unique ways.

Psychosocial or Leadership Skills (Leadership)

Definition (as defined in 704 KAR 3:285 – Gifted and Talented Services): Possessing either demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in social skills and interpersonal qualities such as poise, effective oral and written expression, managerial ability, and the ability, or vision, to set goals and organize others to successfully reach those goals.

Visual or Performing Arts (VPA)

Definition (as defined in 704 KAR 3:285 – Gifted and Talented Services): Possessing either demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in visual or performing arts and demonstrating the potential for outstanding aesthetic production, accomplishment, or creativity in areas such as art, music, drama, speech, and in activities requiring gross or fine motor skills.

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music

Services

With the exception of academic competition, performances, and extra-curricular offerings, services will be provided during regular school hours. Multiple service delivery options will be provided at all levels. Services shall also be provided by the regular classroom teacher. This will allow for continuous progress and critical thinking through a differentiated curriculum and grouping based on the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students.

In the primary grades, classroom teachers may provide differentiated instruction to students in the Primary Talent Pool. In addition, Primary Talent Pool students will also receive periodical support from a gifted-endorsed teacher.

In grades 4-12, multiple service delivery options shall include a minimum of two options from the following list:

  • Mentorships
  • Distance Learning
  • Independent Study
  • Acceleration
  • Advanced Placement and Honors Courses
  • Dual Credit Courses
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • Resource Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Seminars (Master Classes)
  • Extra-curricular Activities
  • Cluster Grouping
  • Consultation Services
  • Pull-out Services
  • Enrichment Services in the Classroom
  • Travel Study Options

Services selected may differ in each grade level and shall meet the needs, interests and abilities of identified students.


Model Gifted & Talented Faculty

Gifted and Talented Coordinator: Jilliane McCardle, Ed.D. (Jilliane.McCardle@eku.edu)

Gifted and Talented Instructor: Jana Mayer (Jana.Mayer@eku.edu)