Gifted & Talented Young Scholars

Brenda Begley

Voicemail: 651-683-6969 ext. 85107

Gifted and Talented Program (GT)

District 196 believes that identifying giftedness is a complex and multi-faceted process that requires multiple sources of information in the decision process. Identification takes place at the elementary level (K-5) with students being nominated for participation in gifted services by teachers and parents.

Information gathered takes a comprehensive view of students' gifts and talents. Data used includes standardized tests of cognition and achievement, teacher observations, student grades and work samples. Additionally, information about the student outside of the school setting is also factored into placement decisions. This information is gathered in the form of parent questionnaires which gifted and talented specialists send home with student candidates.

A team of district gifted and talented specialists work together to analyze student information and suggest the appropriate level of service for the student. Families are notified of the team's decision. While identification can happen at any time during the school year, most identification will take place in the spring of the year after the results of standardized tests have been received. The goal of the identification process is to provide each student candidate the services that best serve the whole child.

For more information about identification, see the gifted and talented specialist at your school or the district gifted and talented website.

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 bimonthly newsletter; participates in a national network through its affiliation with the National Association for Gifted Children and other organizations; sponsors and 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,rm.345

Minneapolis, MN 55424

or by calling: (612) 927-9546

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