Gifted and Talented Specialist
Degrees and Certifications:
Bilingual Generalist-Spanish Grades (EC-4) Gifted and Talented Supplemental Grades (EC-4) Principal
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X
Elementary Gifted students take part in a pull out program in grades 1-5th.
The campus Gifted Specialist provides instruction for this regularly scheduled class. Curriculum units at this level are interdisciplinary and based on broad themes.
These units incorporate logical critical and creative thinking skills into the core academic areas of math, reading, science, and social studies. independent research opportunities allow students to investigate specific topics of interest and to develop sophisticated products.
Welcome, Parents and Students!
The Texas Education Code §29.121 defines a "gifted and talented student" as a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
(1) exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
(2) possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
(3) excels in a specific academic field.
Grand Prairie ISD has also had a long standing commitment to its gifted students, developing a gifted program over two decades ago. For gifted students, who come to us with advanced knowledge and an unusual capacity for learning, this commitment includes identifying this unique population and providing specialized services that are designed to meet their learning needs. Gifted students have distinctive characteristics that include the capacity to absorb content at an advanced level and an accelerated pace, the ability to explore areas in significant depth and to develop understanding at a more complex level, the tendency to ask and grapple with difficult questions, and the desire to use their abilities to make a difference in the world.
Curriculum and learning experiences for gifted students in GPISD are designed to challenge and motivate academically advanced learners and to provide opportunities for them to think critically, problem solve, conduct independent study, communicate their learning, and persist in the face of challenges. When gifted students are engaged in appropriately differentiated learning experiences, they have opportunities to develop their unique abilities and to cultivate a passion for learning that will ultimately last a life-time.
GPISD GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM GOALS
•Implement an ongoing identification process for grades K-12 based on multiple and specific criteria that will ensure every population has an equal opportunity for nomination, screening, and selection into the program•Provide an array of learning experiences that are appropriately differentiated and meaningfully linked to core content•Promote creative-problem solving and divergent thinking•Foster higher order thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation) •Guide students to develop a healthy self awareness of what it means to be gifted and encourage them to apply their talents toward responsible service to others•Assist students with college readiness pathways •Provide ongoing training opportunities for administrators, counselors, and teachers involved in serving the needs of gifted and talented students•Encourage students to think not only of what is, but what can be!