GCS Updating Plan for Academically Gifted Students

Guilford County Schools (GCS) is revising the current 2010-2013 Academically Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Plan to improve current services and introduce new opportunities for academically gifted students.

A draft of the 2013-16 AIG Plan was updated after receiving feedback from students, teachers and parents as well as meeting with various state, regional and local groups throughout the year. Any additional feedback can be submitted by emailing Dibrelle Tourret, executive director of Academically Gifted, at tourred@gcsnc.com until June 21.

Staff has focused on three areas of improvement in the 2013-2016 AIG Plan. These include student identification, instructional support and communication.

Under student identification, the revised plan will implement strategies to encourage more diversity among the AG student population. The modifications to the AG screening and identification process will provide more information to evaluate a student's need for gifted services.

Some of these modifications include more opportunities for referrals from teachers, parents, peers, community members and self and consideration of the student's data relative to the student's learning environment.

Focusing on instructional support will help build the capacity of teachers who serve gifted students. The revised plan will provide additional training and professional development and will protect minimum AG instructional time in elementary enrichment. In addition, staff looks to increase the number of GCS AIG-licensed personnel through additional partnerships with local colleges and universities that offer AIG add-on licensure.

While feedback indicated that information regarding AIG programs and services is communicated regularly, staff will develop more targeted and purposeful communications to help parents and staff better understand the identification process, the quality of instruction and the school and family partnership.

To improve communications, the 2013-2016 AIG Plan will include the redesign of the Differentiated Education Plan (DEP), regular AG department participation in district-level meetings and more face-to-face parent communication.