Gifted curriculum is expanding at Jefferson Area Local Schools in Ohio.Instead of just reading, the curriculum is integrating with all subjects in fourth to sixth grade classrooms.
Previously, the program served about a quarter of all eligible gifted students but now the class time with educator Christine Kovacs will reach all. Previously the district had a “pull out” program once a week, meaning that students missed a large percentage of class time in subject areas. But now, the gifted curriculum will mesh with classroom lessons.
According to Superintendent John Montanaro, teachers will be able to take 30 hours of professional development courses to prepare for the new material, provided by online gifted education provider GT Ignite of Texas.
“In the past, our gifted program was not connected to what was happening in the classroom,” Montanaro said. “Whatever you’re learning in gifted … it’s more enhanced; it’s differentiated.
“It’s still the same subject, the same ideas. It’s a little more intense for the gifted students.”