A curriculum planning model that incorporates four parallel or concurrent tracks of development: the Core or Basic Curriculum - outlines the knowledge base or basic skills of the discipline; the Curriculum of Connections - extends the information from the core to allow interactions in various settings, circumstances, and time elements; the Curriculum of Practice - gives opportunities for students to function as professionals in a discipline; and the Curriculum of Identity - creates experiences in which students can increase their awareness of self and their connections with the discipline under study and increase their expertise in the field.
An administrative structure that permits districts or schools to group students during a part of the school day according to abilities, needs, or interests. This provision makes classroom instruction more appropriate for the student and therefore more effective. Part-time grouping occurs when GATE identified students are enrolled in regular classes but a] so attend classes or seminars with other GATE identified students for part of the day. For example, in elementary schools students may be grouped by ability for reading. A typical part-time grouping at the middle school level might place gifted students together for math and language arts, but have them participate in heterogeneous grouping for the rest of the school day. At the high school level, classes appropriate for GATE students are generally called honors, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB).
A grouping practice that indicates voluntary or assigned matching of students by shared characteristics such as age, ability, need, and/or interest to make teaching and learning more effective.
A collection of student products used to measure student progress and achievement and to determine or evaluate the appropriateness of placement in a program. This practice allows students to demonstrate a wide variety of abilities and talents that traditionally are not measured well by standardized tests. Selection of material for a portfolio is usually based on criteria set by the teacher alone or in cooperation with students.
Post-Secondary Education Opportunities
Some GATE high school students may complete their requirements for graduation early or finish all the courses a high school has to offer in a particular field a year or two before graduation. In that event, it may be possible for the student to enroll concurrently in the high school and a local junior college, 4-year college, or university. Many universities provide programs for early entrance to the university courses by advanced high school age students through special enrollment either on a full or part time basis. These are forms of acceleration that meet a need for particular gifted students.
An instructional model that enables learners to solve meaningful problems using knowledge and skills across the disciplines. It enables gifted students to practice critical and creative thinking while researching information and organizing ideas to solve real-world problems.