Last updated June 2, 2014

The Camanche School District uses a variety of criteria to identify students for the Insights (Talented and Gifted) program. The criteria includes, but isn't limited to, the Iowa Assessments achievement scores, CogAT achievement scores, parent and/or teacher recommendations, and past participation in a gifted education program.

If you would like to nominate your child for participation in the gifted education program, please download the following form. Turn the form in to Sheryl Kennedy or your child's teacher. Once Sheryl has reviewed the form, she will contact the person listed on the form at the telephone number written on the form. A parent nomination is not a guarantee your child will be a participant in the gifted education program but it does make sure your child's scores and teacher evaluations are given another careful examination by Sheryl. Each classroom teacher also has a copy of the parent nomination form.



The nomination and selection process is ongoing so students can enter and exit the program at any time during the school year.
Stage 1: Data Collection for nominated students in grades 2-4:
Iowa Assessments
CogAT- The CogAT is given to selected students in third grade.
Behavioral Characteristics of Special Students Rating Scale
regular education classroom performance, products, and/or assessments
teacher and/or parent recommendations
The student needs to be proficient on grade level Iowa Core standards for the time of year the student is being considered for participation in the program.

Data Collection for nominated students in kindergarten and grade 1:
Regular education classroom performance, products, and/or assessments
teacher and/or parent recommendations
Behavioral Characteristics of Special Students Rating Scale
The student needs to be proficient on grade level Iowa Core standards for the time of the year the student is being considered for participation in th program.

Stage 2: Screening of Data for nominated students in grades 2-4:
National norms on the Iowa Assessments and CogAT are examined. Generally, it is expected that participants score at least 90% on national norms.
Behavioral Characteristics of Special Students Rating Scales results are examined
Any items submitted by teachers as evidence of needing a gifted education program
Any items submitted by parents as evidence of needing a gifted education program
Proficiency in Iowa Core standards for the time of the year the student is being considered for partication in the program.

Screening of Data for nominated students in kindergarten and grade 1:
Any items submitted by teachers as evidence of needing a gifted education program
Any items submitted by parents as evidence of needing a gifted education program
Proficiency in Iowa Core standards for the time of the year the student is being considered for partication in the program.

Stage 3: Selection for students in grades 2-4:
A Talent Assessment Sheet is compiled for each nominated student entering grades 2, 3, or 4. This form is where standardized test scores are weighted along with teacher observation scores.
Those scores will be reviewed before I start any new unit. Membership in each unit varies. The strongest math students will be in the math focused units while the strongest readers will be units more focused on readings. Participation is based on student interest and student need. Students in the gifted education program miss lessons in their general education classroom so the classroom teacher has to agree that the student needs the additional academic challenge. The students need to be proficient at grade level Iowa Core standards for the time of the year the student is being considered for participation.

In second grade, the gifted education class is taught during WIN (intervention groups) for the 2017-18 school year.This does increase the number of students participating in the 2nd grade Insights program since proficiency is affected by the current assessment used to group the students into WIN groups.

Selection for students in kindergarten and first grade:
The classroom teacher and gifted education teacher select students to participate in the group that I teach which provides additional academic challenges. Insights is being taught during those grades' WIN times for the 2017-18 school year.



There is written notification sent to parents if their child is selected to participate in the gifted education classes taught outside of the regular classroom. A problem solving conference may be held if a student is not meeting expectations in the gifted education unit he or she is participant of.

See a powerpoint presentation with an overview of Camanche Elementary School's gifted education program in keynote.


docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_FsDvFdJTfjtdxZfvtCDGj_zopTyfdU3hipLT1_pfGA/edit?usp=sharing

K-12 Insights (Talented and Gifted) Student Goals and Objectives for Students
1. Increase knowledge in a variety of areas.
1.1The students should gain a year in the Reading Comprehension portion of standardized assessments.
1.2 The students should gain a year in the Mathematics portion of standardized assessments.
2. Better understand own talents and how to apply them.
2.1 Demonstrate appropriate behavior in a variety of situations regarding involvement in the program.
2.2 Share how he/she applied talents to projects.
3.
Generate products appropriate to talents.
3.1 Participate in 1 or more Insights activity where a significant product is generated.
4. Develop self directed learning skills to become more independent learners.
4.1 Participate in research activities.
4.2 Develop grade level proficiency in finding information.
5. Utilize creative thinking behaviors.
5.1 Practice brainstorming.
5.2 Participate in activities designed to encourage fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration.
6. Improve skills in problem solving, critical thinking and decision making.
6.1 Use inductive and deductive thinking strategies to solve problems.
6.2 Participate in decision making processes such as examining alternatives and consequenes of decisions
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7. Analyze and organize data including digital data.
7.1 Organize data in a useful manner.
7.2 Use technology in projects.
7.3 Use data to make a product.
8. Demonstrate improved written, oral and visual communication skills.
8.1 Participate effectively in a group discussion: share helpful ideas, listen to others' ideas respectfully, add constructive comments, and aid in decision making.
8.2 Practice impromptu speaking.
8.3 Practice and demonstrate appropriate listening skills.
8.4 Create and use audiovisual aids for presentations and/or displays.
8.5 Develop a group and/or individual presentation.
9. Utilize technology to enhance learning.
9.1 Incorporate technology in student created products.
10. Interact with academic peers to support cognitive needs and social development.
10.1 Actively participate and contribute to the group in a positive manner.
10.2 Show support and respect for others in the group.

Mission, program goals, and philosophy of Gifted Education Program**