Talent Development and Advanced Academics works to nurture the talents and abilities of all SoWashCo students. Remarkable academic talent exists in every personality type, demographic group and segment of society.
Students and families already involved in Gifted Services can visit their school's website for additional information and resources.
- About the Gateway Program
- How is placement for the Gateway program determined?
- How is the Gateway program different from cluster classrooms at other SoWashCo elementary schools?
- Is transportation provided for students living outside of Valley Crossing boundaries?
- If a child and / or family decides Gateway is not a good fit, can the child go back to their boundary school?
- Do I need to complete an interest form every year for my child to participate in the Gateway program?
- When is the Gateway placement process?
Talent Development and Advanced Academics services are provided at all SoWashCo elementary and middle schools through the Levels of Service approach (Treffinger, 1998).
These levels are based on the individual programming model developed by Dr. Donald Treffinger of the Center for Creative Learning, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida.
Levels of Service Programming is:
- Flexible: Programming includes many different people, places, and kinds of activities. It does not follow one formula, single curriculum, or set program of activities or services.
- Inclusive: Programming that is appropriate, challenging, and developmental can be available to anyone. Programming includes a broad range of talents and does not serve just one fixed group of students.
- Responsive: Programming responds to the positive needs of students. It guides planning and decision making and leads to modifications of instruction. The mission of programming is to design and deliver instruction through which we can bring out the best in every student.
- Proactive: Programming challenges the teacher, school, district, parents, and community to take constructive actions for talent development. Taking initiative for talent development becomes everyone's business.
- Unifying: Programming provides a structure and terminology for communicating effectively about talent development within and among home, school, and community.
Teachers do not assume that students who have a great deal of potential in one area have a high level of potential in all areas. Sometimes, students with high potential for math may not have high reading ability and vice versa. High ability in one area does not equate with high ability in other areas. LoS provides a framework for planning, delivering, and managing a wide range of responses to the needs of students. (Selby & Young, 2001)
Edwin C Selby, & Grover C Young. (2003, October). The Levels of Service approach to talent development: Parallels with existing programs. Gifted Child Today, 26(4), 44-50,65.