Riverview's Advanced Learners

Riverview's Advanced Learners

Our beliefs on Advanced Learners

It is the belief of the Silver Lake Jt1 School Districts that all students should receive a guaranteed and viable curriculum that not only enhances students' knowledge but also challenges it.  We believe that said curriculum is taught with the diverse needs of Advanced Learners in mind.    These needs may include a difference in readiness levels, interests, and approaches to learning.  We believe by differentiating instruction in the regular classroom, all students, including Advanced Learners,  are provided with various ways to develop their talents.  Students, like Advanced Learners, who need more advanced opportunities are able to find these options within a differentiated classroom.  

Extra-Curricular Activities to Promote Advanced Learning

We provide the following options of extra-curricular activities that engage learners and challenge their knowledge and thinking.
  • Math 24
  • Math Meet
  • Geography Bee
  • Spelling Bee
  • Southern Lakes Anthology
  • Arts Immersion Day
  • Middle School Leadership Conference
  • Battle of the Books
  • Forensics
  • Drama
  • Talent Show
  • Peer Mentoring
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Student Council 
Identification of Advanced Learners

The following process will be utilized to identify Advanced Learners:

  • Universal Screener: 
    • The district-wide NWEA MAP assessment will be utilized as our universal screener.  Students who average a RIT score at or above the 95th percentile on the last three consecutive MAP assessments will be identified as Advanced Learners in grades K-2.  
  • Individualized Testing:
    • In the spring of second grade, students who have been identified utilizing the universal screener will be given the opportunity to complete the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test).  This assessment measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in the areas of verbal, quantitative (mathematics), and spatial and nonverbal (using shapes and figures to solve-problems).  Students who score at or above the 95th percentile in two of these three areas will be Identified as an Advanced Learner.  

How can Advanced Learners be serviced at Riverview?

Advanced Learners can and will be challenged in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
  • Differentiated Instruction within Classrooms
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Flexible Grouping
  • Independent/Small Group Projects
  • Enrichment 
  • Acceleration
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Intervention and RtI

Resources for Students and Parents

  • Hoagies Kids:  "Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, the all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books, and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike."
  • Khan Academy: Free and challenging learning activities in the areas of math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, history, and more that promote world-class learning.

  • WCATY:  Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth

Silver Lake Jt1 School Board Policy on Programs for Gifted and Talented Students (Policy 340)

In accordance with the philosophy of the Board to develop the special abilities of each student, the Board requires that appropriate instructional programs be conducted to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. 

Gifted and talented students are those who give evidence, through valid assessment, of high performance capability in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, and/or other academic areas and who need services or activities not ordinarily provided in the regular District program in order to develop such capabilities.  

The learning standards of a program for gifted and talented students shall be related to: 
A. Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills;
B. Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence, and responsibility; 
C. Development of originality and creativity; 
D. Development of positive attitude toward self and others; 
E. Development of desirable social and leadership skills;
F. Career exploration and awareness.

The District Administrator shall develop administrative guidelines which shall include those for valid identification, curriculum development and implementation, and assessment of the learning standards.  

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