The mission of Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) in MCSD is twofold: first, to identify students who demonstrate superior aptitude in academics, art, music, the performing arts, leadership, creativity or psycho-motor ability; and second, to provide a rigorous educational environment in which students have the opportunity to optimize their academic and affective growth and development. All programming strategies address the educational needs of gifted students to the best of our limited resources and are aligned with each individual student’s strength area(s), interests, and ALP data and goals.
Montrose County School District provides district-wide opportunities for all students in STEM and Problem-based Learning. These district-wide initiatives provide differentiated opportunities for gifted students to: have challenging and rigorous learning environments; engage with open-ended, authentic, and relevant tasks; have opportunities to express learning in unique and creative ways; wonder, question, think critically and creative solve problems; work with their academic peers collaboratively; learn and demonstrate 21st century skills, including communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration; and develop and demonstrate leadership qualities.
The GATE program varies from school to school. There are some similarities in all the schools. We offer both push-in and pull-out programming opportunities, depending upon a variety of factors, including the support and requests of building principals and scheduling constraints. Building principals work closely with the GATE department to determine their building’s needs and the best programming options.
Once a student has been formally identified, the GATE Facilitator works with classroom teachers to match the student’s intellectual aptitude with appropriate academic programming by using the assessment results and the “Body of Evidence” to create the student’s Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). The ALP outlines the student’s area of giftedness, establishes measurable academic and affective goals and objectives, and identifies specific programming needs. The student then receives GATE services through the GATE Program in their area of giftedness to meet the ALPs goals and objectives.
Available programming and services vary from school to school based on available resources and scheduling. Gifted students may receive programming through a pull-out class model or a push-in co-teaching model. Ultimately, programming models are determined by building principals with consultation and support from the GATE Department.
Some students may not qualify for identification yet but may be close to the 95th percentile on their assessment results. On a school by school basis, there may be “Talent Pools” available to these students that offer additional enrichment opportunities with a GATE Facilitator. CDE defines a "Talent Pool" as "a group of students who demonstrate an advanced or even exceptional ability in a particular area, but at this time do not meet the criteria for gifted identification . . . as students are presented with additional levels of challenge and rigor, increased achievement may occur." If a student is not formally identified but is invited to be part of a “Talent Pool”, that student does not require an ALP. “Talent Pools” exist at the discretion of each school principal.
Below are the National Association of Gifted Children's Gifted Programming Standards: