Gifted & Talented

Continuum of Services

Gifted and Talented students are provided resources and programs both inside and outside of the classroom. All students that are identified for Gifted and Talented are provided math iReady accounts. iReady is a diagnostic program that finds the educational level of the student and prescribes lessons at their level. These lessons can be used during independent practice during math class or for enrichment work at home. Our ELA program uses the Columbia University's Teachers College method of instruction. A student's reading level is determined and they are provided materials at their level, whether it is below, on-level, or above grade level. Our Gifted and Talented students also participate in a pull out program that meets at least 2 times a week. The program is designed to challenge students to maximize their potential through enriching, real world experiences that extend beyond classroom activities. Identified students will be active and cooperative participants, empowering them to strengthen multi-dimensional abilities and share the responsibility for their own learning. Florham Park is piloting for grades 6-8 Renzulli Learning program with gifted and talented students. The program takes beginning of the year assessments to determined project based learning projects for the students to work on based on their interests and skills. https://renzullilearning.com/

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Gifted and Talented Program is to acknowledge, value, and nurture the diverse talents of the gifted learner and is committed to identifying and furthering the development of such learners. The program is designed to challenge students to maximize their potential through enriching, real world experiences that extend beyond classroom activities. Identified students will be active and cooperative participants, empowering them to strengthen multi-dimensional abilities and share the responsibility for their own learning.

Mission

The mission of the Gifted and Talented Program is to provide components for independent studies, and strive to accommodate a learning environment designed to prepare students to be leaders in an authentic professional and community service setting. The program will have a multi-process approach, specifically designed to address all areas of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards while motivating students to foster 21st century learning skills.

Gifted and Talented Program

It is important that curriculum for the gifted be flexible and open-ended to allow for the exploration and study of a variety of topics that can be initiated and developed by students. Our program does not attempt to have a highly structured curriculum for the gifted, but rather to offer a guide that can be tailored to the needs and interests of the individual student and/or class. The curriculum also encourages to a higher degree the development of abstract thinking, offers practice in creative problem solving, and stresses the higher cognitive processes of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Activities emphasize interpretation of material being investigated, creativity, decision-making and independent work.

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