Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA] – Signed / Impact to GT Students
As President Obama signs the ESSA legislation, we get to say good-bye to the No Child Left Behind Act that started out as a good intentioned bi-partisan piece of legislation (Kennedy and Bush) but eventually took on a life of its own. Hopefully, ESSA will have a different legacy.
There is some wonderful news in ESSA for gifted students. One area I am particularly excited about is that states and districts will now have to report on achievement (and hopefully growth) related to our gifted and talented students:
On the state report cards:
States must include student achievement data at each achievement level that is disaggregated by student subgroup. Previously, states provided detailed information for students performing at the proficient level and below. Now, states also will have to include information on students achieving at the advanced level.
In applying for Title II professional development funds, states must include information about how they plan to improve the skills of teachers and other school leaders that will enable them to identify gifted and talented students and provide instruction based on the students' needs.
And on the District level:
Districts ("local education agencies" in ESSA) must collect, disaggregate, and report their student achievement data at each achievement level, as the states are required to do.
Districts that receive Title II professional development funds must use the money to address the learning needs of all students. ESSA specifically says that "all students" includes gifted and talented students.
I believe, since GT is a categorical in Colorado set under the Exceptional Child Act, and since we already have data broken out for our ALP children, this is more of a district requirement that we will need to clearly report on the growth / achievement of our ALP students.
We still have a bit of work to do at the state level, to advocate for competency based discussions to clearly include our advanced learners, and their above grade level performance and how we take that into our competency based policies.
The NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) four page overview can be seen here for your reading pleasure.
I am very hopeful for ESSA, turning to a new chapter in honoring and challenging our GT learners. It's great for our state economy, employers and most importantly, our ALP students.
All the best,
Jefferson County Destination Imagination Team Takes 5th Place at Global Finals
A team of 5 students from the Manning School, Creighton Middle School, and Prospect Valley Elementary competed in the Destination Imagination Global Finals Competition in May 2014 in Knoxville, TN.
The handout is here.
A full list of slides and resources from her evening presentation at available at:
Slides and resources from the January 29 professional development presentation made to educators are available at:
Besides Emilie's site, puttylike.com, you may also find these articles of interest:
Read about some examples of chlidren who have talents and interests in many areas in Tamara Fisher's August 11, 2010 article "Multipotentiality" on her blog, Unwrapping the Gifted.
Lisa Rivero speaks to "the stress and indecision of being well-rounded" in her Psychology Today article, "Multipotentiality: When High Ability Leads to Too Many Options".
The problem of many interests: in the article "Are You a Scanner?" by Barbara Sher says that "scanners often describe themselves as being hopelessly interested in everything
Patrick Taylor Straut Scholarship
JAGC is accepting tax-deductible donations to support the Patrick Taylor Straut scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to graduate(s) of the PEAK program at Wheat Ridge High School. The scholarship recognizes the achievement of high school graduation for a deserving Senior each year. The PEAK Program at Wheat Ridge High School was chosen by the Straut family because Patrick’s unmet needs as a high school student were his mother’s catalyst toward activism to gain awareness for the struggles of gifted students who had few real GT options at the high school level. The PEAK program was launched in the fall of 2009 through a combination of activism, education and serendipity. It provides the level of support and academic options that Patrick needed, but never received.
If you want to contribute, please send your donation to the Jeffco Association for Gifted Children (JAGC) at:
Attn: Patrick Straut Scholarship Fund
14405 W Colfax Ave., #179
Lakewood, CO 80401
You will receive an acknowledgement of your donation by mail or email; please be sure to provide complete contact information. JAGC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
For more information about Patrick Taylor Straut, the scholarship fund, and previous recipients, please visit http://panoramasnaps.com/scholarship-fund.html
Jeffco DI Team Goes Global 2013
Congratulations to the Destination Imagination team "Sodium + Water = MaDeKeElJaTyRo" from Westridge Elementary and Summit Ridge Middle School!