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Annual GATE Conference at COS!

Empowering, Parents, Teachers and Students: Delivering Energy and Vitality to Gifted and Talented Education Advocates on Saturday, November 5th at College of the Siskiyous, - Weed Campus from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. This is a FABULOUS event! Open to all! Click here for GATE FLYER.

Gifeted and Talented Resources

National Association for Gifted Childern
NAGC is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and other professionals who unite to address the unique needs of all children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.

Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) is a national non profit organization which provides the structure, project material, documentation and workshop training necessary to establish after school technology clubs in K-12 schools.  The FSEA program focuses on technology and can easily and readily be implemented in every school.

Recommended Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students
Programs and Summer Camps

California Association for the Gifted

John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
Focused within 19 US states and internationally in 70 countries, CTY’s Talent Search helps families learn more about their child’s math and verbal abilities.

National Spelling Bee
The nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis.

Science Olympiad

Gifted Resources for Parents

This Gifted Resources Page contains links to all known online gifted resources, enrichment programs, talent searches, summer programs, gifted mailing lists and early acceptance programs.

Word Master
A national competition for students in grades 3-8 which encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning.

Edutopia Online
A nonprofit organization that documents and disseminates stories about exemplary practices in K-12 public education.

Scholarly Attributes:

Sandra Kaplan, an educational researcher from USC, developed a way of addressing children in the classroom and a method of teaching children about scholarly attributes.  This method is being utilized at Grenada Elementary School.  The children will be referred to as scholars.  They will be studying these scholarly attributes in themselves and learning to recognize them in other people throughout history and literature.  All scholars possess these nine scholarly attributes.  In order that parents may be aware of these to discuss with your children, included is a brief synopsis of these attributes.

Scholars have academic humility and recognize their strengths and those of others.
Scholars are curious and ask questions related to the origin.
Scholars come prepared to class with the appropriate tools and skills.
Scholars ponder.  They take time to review and reflect.
Scholars look at things from multiple perspectives.  They offer a variety of viewpoints and problem solving methods.
Scholars save things such as thoughts, ideas, and memories.
Scholars exercise their intellect by looking for and creating opportunities to share their knowledge and experiences.
Scholars use  many varied references, resources, materials and media to gain information.
Scholars have goals and a vision.  They work with a purpose and a clear view of their destination.

Destination ImagiNation is...

an international organization for Kindergarten through college students teaching them life skills and expanding their imaginations through team based creative problem solving.

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a.     Students are screened for the GATE program based on California Standards Test scores. Students who meet the district’s criteria are invited to take the RAVENs in spring of their 3th grade year or higher if eligible

b.    Additionally, teachers complete the Teacher Nomination forms to nominate students to take theRAVENs

d.    English Language Learners (ELL), are screened for the GATE program based on California Standards Test scores. ELL students who meet the district’s criteria are invited to take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) for GATE identification.  

e.     Parents may submit IQ test results, administered by a private psychologist, to be considered as one component of GESD Multiple Measures Criteria in the Portfolio Nomination Process for alternative identification into the AAA/GATE program.

e.   The Portfolio Nomination Process is also used as an alternative identification.

Curriculum & Instruction

a,    Lessons are tiered to differentiate and meet the needs of the gifted learners.

b.    Teachers use pre-assessments and post-assessments to effectively group students and plan instruction.

c.     Independent studies are offered throughout the year that require research skills and promote higher-level thinking.

d.    Teachers develop learning centers that reflect students’ interests, readiness levels, and learning profiles.

e.     Students can participate in academic and creative contests (ie.National History Day Contest).

f.     Students have opportunities to make oral presentations, give speeches, and participate in debates on current issues and topics relating to the state standards.

g.    Students engage in analysis of literature through  book discussions throughout each trimester.

h.     Students are required to read and log the time spent as part of their home education. 

i.      Compacting and Acceleration is used in mathematics to effectively meet students’ needs.

j.      Teachers use Depth and Complexity to deepen student understanding.

k.     Teachers differentiate by using different resources, products, thinking skills, or pacing.

l.      Teachers utilize graphic organizers to provide students with tools to organize their thoughts and create graphic organizers as pre-writing activities.

m.   Teachers implement the Step Up to Writing program to provide structured writing instruction and to extend student’s development and understanding of the writing process.

Social Emotional Development

a.     Teachers are encouraged to attend classes on social/emotional needs of gifted students. 

b.     Teachers read articles, circulated by the AAA coordinator, on the social/emotional needs of GATE students.