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Gifted and Talented School Interview
Transcript of Gifted and Talented School Interview
One of 4 primary IB schools in the state
Mission Statement International Baccalaureate Other Areas to Note Rebecca Christensen
5/2/13 Jody Davison --Full-time IB coordinator
--Has her administrative license
--previously a 1st grade teacher Jefferson Lighthouse --Gifted and Talented Magnet school for Racine Unified School District (21,000 students in 34 schools)
--International Baccalaureate School
--565 students (K-5) The program, called "Lighthouse" was designed in the late 1970s and based, in part, on Bloom's Taxonomy. The central concept is to provide opportunities for students to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create in addition to building basic skills and content knowledge. Our students are taught how to think about thinking. Giftedness --specific subject
--visual performing arts
**See characteristics checklist for teachers** Teacher recommendation --K/1
--Top percentile invited --yearly nominations
--can be subject specific Checklist for identifying students districtwide Testing (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) --60% invitation, 40% open enrollment Differentiation within all classrooms district wide
Twice-exceptional students are identified and accommodated for
ELL student services (also GT)
Diversity quotas within the school
Teachers receive professional development at state-level conferences IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. In the Classroom Inquiry driven instruction
Initiated by students
Differentiation within subject and grade
Gifted and Talented students are not separated
Teachers collaborate weekly to develop curriculum
Mrs. Davison provides resources and strategies for teachers Weaknesses Strengths Evaluating the Program --Limited Identification method
--Very small for district
--"elitist" reputation --IB Program
--Full inclusion of GT students
--Wide definition of Gifted and Talented What Questions do you have?