Elementary Gifted and Talented Services
FALL 2020 Elementary Gifted and Talented Services Update
Please view the short video below for an update to Elementary Gifted and Talented Services during remote learning and face-to-face services during the fall semester of 2020.
Universal Screening - Kindergarten - Plan to be Published Pending Guidance from the Texas Education Agency
All kindergarten learners are assessed in January to determine whether they exhibit a need for Gifted Services. Parents will receive information about the assessment process through an emailed link during the first month of school with information regarding the assessment process, qualification requirements, and the continuum of services available through Gifted and Talented services for identified elementary learners. Once annual screenings are completed, notification letters will be sent home to parents/guardians and learners identified as requiring GT Services will begin participation during the second semester (by March 1st).
Identified kindergarten learners will participate in weekly learning opportunities supported by their campus Gifted and Talented Interventions (GTi) Specialist, which enrich the classroom curriculum, develop critical thinking skills, and foster creativity. Kindergarten learners also receive differentiated instruction from their classroom educators to further develop literacy and mathematics skills.
Universal Screenings - First and Second Grades - Plan to be Published Pending Guidance from the Texas Education Agency
All first and second grade learners will be monitored for their need for Gifted Services. The campus GTi Specialist will work with each class, conducting lessons that foster critical and creative thinking. Additionally, classroom teachers will share their input and observations and quantitative academic data will be collected and reviewed. Any first or second grade learner who demonstrates a need will be further assessed and referred to the campus Gifted and Talented Committee.
Universal Screenings - Third and Fifth Grades - Plan to be Published Pending Guidance from the Texas Education Agency
Universal screening for Gifted and Talented Services also occurs during the fall of third and fifth grades for all learners enrolled in a CISD Elementary school. The district utilizes a standardized assessment as part of the identification process at these grade levels, and that test is scheduled during October each year. An email with specifics for testing week will be sent to all third and fifth grade families in late September. The scores from the assessment will be sent home with learners prior to the Thanksgiving break and are one of at least three data points gathered on each learner in the screening process. Please note: In order to protect the integrity of the assessment process for identification of a need for specialized instruction through GT Services, we do not release the name of the standardized assessment or the form of the assessment we utilize.
All identified learners at these grade levels are clustered in groups of 4-8 in classrooms with educators who have specialized training. The campus GTi Specialist collaborates with those classroom educators to support differentiated learning design so gifted learners are provided opportunities to develop advanced skills in mathematics, language and literacy, social studies, and science. Gifted learners may also study advanced content and develop independent projects with the support of their classroom educator and the campus GTi Specialist.
Some gifted learners require additional support beyond what is consistently offered in the general education classroom setting. Therefore, these learners may be pulled for small group instruction by the campus GTi Specialist for academic as well as social/emotional instruction, if there is a need. Learners’ passions, interests, and areas of strength will be addressed through opportunities such as orbital studies, content specific learning challenges, or multi-age projects.
Elementary Gifted Services in the Coppell ISD are designed to meet the specific needs of the identified learners on each campus.
Campus GT Specialists
For campus-specific GT information, please contact your campus GT Specialist:
Canyon Ranch Elementary
Cottonwood Creek Elementary
Denton Creek Elementary
Town Center Elementary
Valley Ranch Elementary