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Kings Canyon Unified School District
Gifted and Talented Education Program GATE
Kings Canyon Unified School District offers a variety of programs to develop unique education opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving pupils in our elementary and secondary schools who have been identified as gifted and talented. It is our intent that special efforts be made to ensure that pupils from economically disadvantaged and varying cultural backgrounds are provided with full participation in these unique opportunities.
Mission Statement: The KCUSD GATE Program is committed to implementing a program that meets the unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of gifted, talented, and high potential students through the collaboration of students, educators, parents, and community members that ensures opportunities for maximum growth and development for lifelong success.
Vision Statement: Provide challenging educational opportunities for gifted, talented, and high potential students.
Goals: The KCUSD GATE Program targets the gifted, talented, and high potential students in 4th through 8th grades. The program is comprised of a differentiated curriculum for these students. We accomplish this by:
--Offering differentiated instruction in Language Arts and Math.
--Engaging students in project-based learning including open-ended projects.
--Providing an opportunity for all GATE students to research an interest and present their findings during the individual projects.
Objectives: Students accepted into the program will:
--Develop critical thinking skills in order to solve problems logically.
--Develop research skills and use information gathered to implement research projects.
--Demonstrate the ability to use creative problem-solving strategies.
--Recognize how change in and around their world affects their relationships.
--Recognize specific talents and use them to benefit themselves and others.
--Develop appreciation of the Arts and recognize artistic talents.
--Develop specific talents in the Arts and demonstrate performance.
Who are GATE students?
A gifted and talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who: exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or excels in a specific academic field.
Research on creative-productive people has consistently shown that although no single criterion can be used to determine giftedness, persons who have achieved recognition because of their unique accomplishments and creative contributions possess a relatively well-defined set of three interlocking clusters of traits. These clusters consist of above average, though not necessarily superior, ability, task commitment, and creativity (see Figure A). It is important to point out that no single cluster “makes giftedness.” Rather, it is the interaction among the three clusters that research has shown to be the necessary ingredient for creative-productive accomplishment (Renzulli, 1978). This interaction is represented by the shaded portion of Figure A. It is also important to point out that each cluster plays an important role in contributing to the display of gifted behaviors. This point is emphasized because one of the major errors that continue to be made in identification procedures is to overemphasize superior abilities at the expense of the other two clusters of traits.