Gifted and Talented/Young Scholars
 Traci McCarthy 
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VM #93239

"At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done, then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago." -Frances Hodgson Burnett

Gifted and Talented
The primary purpose of the Gifted and Talented Program is to serve the academically gifted and talented students of our school district. Students are identified for this program using a variety of data, which include: assessment on a standardized cognitive test, achievement tests, and teacher recommendation scores. This data is then used by a district-wide identification team to determine the level of appropriate services for students. Identified elementary students receive pull out services in a resource room provided by the Gifted and Talented teacher. If a child qualifies for gifted and talented services, a letter of notification and permission to participate is sent home to the child's parents.
The G&T curriculum includes units in creative thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, research, and selected special topics. The G&T curriculum may include some enrichment activities that relate to the classroom curriculum, but it is not designed to accelerate any academic areas taught in the classroom. Core curriculum enrichment is handled within the regular classroom and may include ability grouping for certain subject areas. Flexible grouping techniques are also used within the regular classroom to meet the needs of high ability students. Finally, our QUEST program also offers enrichment opportunities on a school-wide level. Gifted and talented students meet with the G&T teacher for 30-100 minutes per week

Young Scholars
The Young Scholars (YS) Program is an academic program that embraces research-based practices for identifying and nurturing gifted potential in students who have historically been overlooked by gifted services. Young Scholars promotes the notion of access, affirmation, and advocacy for continuous academic growth beginning in kindergarten. Students are identified through whole class thinking lessons led by the GT teacher at the beginning of the year in grades K-3. Anecdotal information from these lessons as well as other school data are used to identify students for this program. Once identified, Young Scholar students receive regular small group instruction designed to support and nurture their academic abilities once a week. Red Pine will use district resources and provide instruction that allows students to question, explore, and investigate content and ideas. Additionally, a week-long summer camp along with field trips also provide Young Scholars with challenging learning opportunities that further nurture and support their school experience. The long-term goal of the Young Scholars Program is to encourage the pursuit of advanced coursework in participating students in the secondary level and in higher education.


Prior to the third grade, students may be selected to participate in enrichment groups with other students of high ability (those performing above regular expectations) at their grade level. Teachers may select students for these groups based on test scores and /or classroom observation. Content covered in these groups may be subject-specific (i.e., math or reading), or in areas such as research or problem solving. These groups are flexible so that some students may be part of one or two during the year, while other students may be included in groups throughout the year. Enrichment groups usually meet once or twice per week for 30-45 minutes.  School wide enrichment is offered through our QUEST program.

Do you know about the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented? It is a nonprofit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to promoting better understanding of, and curriculum for, gifted and talented children. The MCGT office is an important source of information on gifted and talented topics in Minnesota. In addition to providing support to local chapters and developing chapters, MCGT publishes a bimonthly newsletter; participates in a national network through its affiliation with the National Association for Gifted Children and other organizations; sponsors an annual state conference with a special children's program; offers information, literature and referral services; and is active in legislative efforts on the state level in collaboration with the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented (MEGT).

You can receive information about membership to MCGT by writing to:

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented, Membership Chairman
5701 Normandale Road, ®m. 345
Minneapolis, MN 55424
or by calling: (612) 927-9546.

Here are some links to websites that may be helpful to you!

"There are one story intellects, two story intellects, and three story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors who have no aim beyond their facts are one story learners. Two story learners compare, reason, generalize, using the labor of fact collectors as their own. Three story learners idealize, imagine, predict, realizing their best illumination comes from above the skylight." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes