The Gifted Reach Out (GRO) Program

    The purpose of the Gifted Reach Out Program (GRO) is to develop the problem solving, critical and creative thinking abilities of students identified as gifted in the Parsippany Troy Hills School District.  GRO is dedicated to developing the unique talents of second through fifth-grade students in a pull-out program. The GRO curriculum is designed to create a collaborative environment where students become effective questioners and producers of knowledge with the opportunity to interact with individuals of similar ability.
     GRO teachers are also going to be working collaboratively this year with classroom teachers to develop Schoolwide Enrichment based on the ideas of Dr. Joseph Renzulli who created this model for schools.

  1. demonstrate growth in personal competence and dispositions for exceptional academic and creative productivity. These include self-awareness, self-advocacy, self-efficacy, confidence, motivation, resilience, independence, curiosity, and risk taking.
  2. interpret and apply evidence of mastery of the big ideas within a subject area: what they look like, and why they matter.
  3. generate new ideas, solve problems, and make decisions.
  4. apply a variety of thinking skills including, but not limited to, associative, metacognitive, abstract, and inferential thinking and deductive reasoning.
  5. create and present information in a variety of methods (oral, visual, written and technological) in order to share thoughts and ideas with others.
  6. translate a variety of concepts learned in the classroom into innovative outcomes.
  7. engage in self-reflection/assessment with respect to their interests, strengths, identities, leadership, and academic domains.
  8. develop the ability to sense a problem exists, define and analyze the problem, then determine, assess and evaluate possible solutions.
  9. exhibit self-reliance when working independently and respond effectively to unexpected experiences and challenges.
  10. utilize digital tools to access, manage, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems individually and collaboratively to create communication and knowledge.
  11. apply knowledge of disciplines to produce work that reflects individuality and creativity at a more advanced level than their grade-level peers.
  12. develop products and outcomes that communicate expertise in multiple fields and disciplines (including technology) that may be presented to a variety of authentic audiences.
  13. display competence in interpersonal and technical communication skills:  promote advanced oral and written skills, and creative expression; display fluency with technologies that support effective communication.
  14. demonstrate the importance of cooperation and individual acceptance within a group setting.
  15. develop research skills to solve authentic problems and answer questions.