Cecil County Public Schools is committed to INCLUSIVE educational practices using the principles of UDL through DIFFERENTIATED & INDIVIDUALIZED instruction as evidenced by EFFECTIVE PRACTICES through THE BIG FOUR of Content Planning, Instructional Strategies, Classroom Management, and Assessment for Learning.
The Gifted and Talented program is aligned with this philosophy and recognizes that each student is unique and has his/her own individual abilities, promise and potential; hence, there is no single gifted student profile. We believe the characteristics of creative thinkers and gifted learners are evident regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, geographic location, primary language and/or disability.
The Gifted and Talented Program provides services that support a student’s ascending intellectual demand. Specifically, Gifted and Talented Instructional Coaches (GTIC) at the elementary and middle school levels work as consultants and collaborators with classroom teachers to plan and implement lessons that challenge students through differentiation of the curricula. Most services are provided in the classroom on a regular basis by classroom teachers. Particular attention is paid to extending the depth and complexity of the learning outcomes in developing and adapting units and lessons. The GTIC works as an advocate for the academic and affective needs of gifted and talented students. Services such as cluster grouping, independent study, small group instruction, compacting, and extra-curricular experiences are available and are determined by student needs. Beyond grade 8 students are offered Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses within their courses of study.
*Ascending Intellectual Demand is a process that provides appropriate challenge and pacing as a child moves through the stages of learning: novice, apprentice, practitioner, and expert. Each stage has different learning characteristics and needs which, when identified, allows the teacher to use assessment data to create responsive instruction.