Encouraging gifted and talented students reaching new levels of achievement and understanding is the goal of the TAG (Talented and Gifted) program.
At Powhatan Elementary School in Powhatan County, Virginia, the word of the day for third-graders Isaac Rambo and Mikey Scioscia is “etymology.” Where did that word come from, and how that knowledge helps them understand the meaning now and in the future us the question asked by their teacher Rose Browning.
“We are trying to get them to think more critically and more deeply and come at issues from another perspective,” Browning said.
Assistant superintendent for instruction Sandy Lynch reports that almost 300 students, or about 6 percent of the student population in the county’s public schools, have been identified as gifted. Gifted students are present from Kindergarten through high school.
“The opportunities we design are for students who need more of a challenge that helps them meet their full potential,” Lynch said. “But we try to do that for every child.”