Gifted Education Highlights
School divisions across the commonwealth are doing innovative things to improve outcomes for gifted students, promote efficiency and support educators. Many of these successes can be emulated in other divisions, schools and classrooms to enhance the learning and achievement of gifted students and to support innovative educational results.
Lynchburg City Schools provide special academic experiences to nurture students’ academic growth and development, challenging and maximizing the potential for each gifted student in the division. The Ozobot unit is an academic experience that extends the state curriculum and stratifies students’ academic interests in computing and programming. After students create the code, they use the Ozobot technology to test their programming. This created a well-rounded experience for all participants. For more information, please contact coordinator of Gifted Programs for Lynchburg City, Ms. Kathleen Sawyer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) dove into the role of historian using Document Based Questions from The DBQ Project. Fourth graders learned to build persuasive arguments based on primary source analysis to explain the cause of widespread deaths in the Jamestown settlement. Students bucketed evidence from the primary sources to support their thesis and then used the evidence to write persuasive essays. They put their work into presentation formats and held a DBQ Symposium to present their findings to parents and peers. Small groups met in stations around the room to hear the arguments presented by different groups. For more information, contact Carol Horn, K-12 Coordinator of Advanced Academic Programs in FCPS at email@example.com.