Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains (National Association of Gifted Children). Students whose abilities and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require additional services to meet their educational needs are served at all levels through the Focus on Excellence Program. The gifted resource teaching staff, as well as gifted service programs, are commonly referred to as "Focus." The Gifted Resource teacher at each school provides services and resources to students, families, and general education classroom teachers to meet the instructional needs of students receiving gifted education services.
Therefore, the foundation of SCPS’ gifted program provides opportunities for our gifted students to interact with their intellectual peers and participate in educational experiences with higher levels of depth and rigor. To promote the development of gifted students, we:
1) differentiate instruction;
2) collaborate with teachers, parents, and students;
3) provide for specialized educational experiences;
4) foster the development of Growth Mindset.
Gifted Development Center - Dr. Silverman provides information about giftedness and raising a gifted child.
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) - is an organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders to address the unique needs of children and youth.
The Association for the Gifted (TAG), focuses on multi-exceptional and other diverse learners, through advocacy, professional learning, and resources.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) - helps ensure that gifted children are understood, accepted, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, and workplaces.
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development: - extensive resources for highly gifted students (and their parents).
Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG) -Connects and empowers parents, students, and educators to be active and innovative advocates for appropriate instruction, services, and opportunities for gifted and talented learners.
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SCPS High School Gifted Newsletter
Summer 2022: May-July Edition
April 2022: Spring updates 2
March 2022: Spring updates
December 2021: Holiday Edition
November 2021: Thanksgiving
October 2021: Trick or Treat
August/September 2021: Welcome Back to School Edition
April/May 2021: Grit and Giftedness
March 2021: Growth
February 2021: Love and Self Care
January 2021: Goal Setting
December 2020: Time
November 2020: Altruism and Gratitude
September/October 2020: Gifted Characteristics