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.  

K-6 Enrichment: Discovery

K-6 Enrichment: All students (not identified and identified) in K-6th grades receive a minimum of 30 minutes per week of GT enrichment with lessons and mini-units designed and taught by a certified Gifted and Talented teacher. The Discovery class is offered once weekly through an auxiliary class rotation . The TEAM Discovery teacher delivers and documents activities which promote critical and creative thinking while also promoting the Magnet School theme. The TEAM Discovery teacher also collects data on non-identified students and pool students for future identification purposes. A carefully documented TEAM Curriculum Scope and Sequence is on file in the TEAM Coordinator’s office and can also be found on the MSD GT Webpage.

4-6 Pullout: TEAM

4-6 Pullout:Students who have been identified for the TEAM program in grades 4-6 receive a minimum of 150 minutes of differentiated instruction that goes beyond what is taught in the regular classroom through the Discovery enrichment class and through TEAM class. While attending TEAM, identified students engage in qualitatively differentiated learning experiences in a GT resource room taught by a GT certified teacher several times a week during the regular school day. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests through special curricular units designed and taught by the GT TEAM teacher. Curricular units are designed to compliment Magnet School themes in addition to encouraging leadership, critical thinking, enhance research skills, foster creativity, and address the affective needs of gifted students. A carefully documented TEAM Curriculum Scope and Sequence is on file in the TEAM Coordinator’s office and can also be found on the MSD webpage.

7th-12th Pre-AP and AP English, Math, Social Studies, Science

7th-12th grades: Pre-AP and AP English, math, social studies, and/or science: Students who are identified as having above-average ability, above-average creativity, and above-average task commitment are identified for the TEAM program. These students are served in heterogeneously-grouped classes at each grade level. 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 GT content 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 identified gifted and talented students. A carefully documented TEAM Curriculum Scope and Sequence is on file in the TEAM Coordinator’s office and can also be found on the MSD webpage.

Leah Schmidt

Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Marion School District