Talent Enrichment and Acceleration at Marion
The Marion School District is in compliance with the Arkansas State Guidelines for Gifted and Talented Education. The TEAM program identifies students and provides services to them according to the Arkansas state definition:
Gifted and Talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability whose learning characteristics and education needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services
Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through an interaction of above average intellectual ability, task commitment and/or motivation, and creative ability.
Whole Group Enrichment
All students in grades K-1 receive differentiated instruction for a minimum of 30 minutes per week for lessons and mini-units, designed and taught by a certified GT teacher and by regular classroom teachers in conjunction with the GT certified teacher. All students grades 2-3 receive differentiated instruction for a minimum of 30 minutes per week. The GT TEAM teacher provides technical assistance, staff development opportunities, and assists in teaching and documenting activities which promote critical and creative thinking. The TEAM teacher also collects data for future identification purposes. A carefully documented scope and sequence is on file in the coordinators' office.
Multiple Services and Content Enrichment
4-5 Multiple Services: Students who are identified for multiple services are placed in heterogeneous group home-based classrooms. For approximately two or three hours during the day, these students leave the home-base to receive services through homogeneous grouping in a TEAM classroom where content, process, and product are differentiated in basic subject areas. Content area enrichment activities are provided as needed in the home-base classroom for the remainder of the day. Curricular areas may be compacted to allow for moderate acceleration and/or combined to allow for the holistic development of broad concepts rather than the parts. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests in both the basic and special curricular units developed for them by their teachers. TEAM teachers (4-5) are certified by the state to teach gifted and talented students or are working on certification by taking 6 semester hours of Gifted and Talented education per year.
4-5 Content Enrichment: Students who are identified as having special needs in one or two content areas are placed in heterogeneously grouped home-based classrooms. In the home-based classroom with consultation or in the TEAM classroom with direct services from the TEAM teacher, these students receive at least 150 minutes per week of subject area enrichment/acceleration where content process, and product are differentiated. Emphasis on open-ended activities and multi-optional products allows students to develop concepts holistically rather than concentrating on sequential parts and structured outcomes. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests in the special curricular units developed for them by their teachers.
6th-12th Pre-AP and AP English, Math, Social Studies, Science
Students who are identified as having above average ability, above average creativity, and above average task commitment are identified for TEAM multiple services or specific content areas. Students may elect to take Pre-AP and/or AP class work in English, Science, Math, and/or Social Studies. A list of secondary courses considered advanced for each grade level can be obtained by calling the GT Coordinator or the counselor at the school. Teachers of these classes have attended a one-day GT area certification workshop, Pre-AP training, or a 5 day AP college Board Institute every five years. The curriculum is differentiated by the process skills of critical thinking, independent research, and personal growth deemed appropriate for the identified gifted and talented students.
Marion School District
200 Manor Street
Marion, Arkansas 72364