Middletown Public Schools Talented and Gifted Program (TAG)
The Talented & Gifted Program serves students who demonstrate outstanding evidence of intellectual, creative, leadership, or specific academic abilities. The Middletown Public School District’s Talented and Gifted Program seeks to help students gain insight of his or her intellectual curiosity and problem solving abilities.
Middletown Public Schools is committed to the social emotional growth and wellbeing of all students, therefore we recognize that students identified as talented and gifted may have unique social and emotional needs as they relate to their giftedness. The Middletown Public School District’s Talented and Gifted Program teachers work with students to help them understand their own intellectual and social emotional growth and support them to develop positive relationships with their peers.
Goals of the Program
Middletown Public Schools is dedicated to providing a continuum of services to students identified as talented and gifted learners:
- Ensure that gifted education is incorporated into a student’s general education program
- Provide differentiated instruction and diverse learning opportunities
- Recognize the social and emotional needs of advanced learners
- Provide professional development for teachers to develop the strengths of advanced learners
- Provide opportunities for students to explore unique interests, to challenge themselves intellectually and creatively through independent and collaborative projects
- Support the development of autonomous learners through the use of metacognitive strategies by having students reflect upon own work and evaluate peers
- Support the implementation of differentiated instruction in the regular education classroom while fostering students’ multiple intelligences
- Provide opportunity for grade 4 and 5 students who are identified as talented and gifted to attend TAG/STEM Program at Macdonough Elementary School as a full day school option with pull out for enrichment opportunities (please visit STEM at MacDonough School)
- Provide after-school and extended year STEM enrichment opportunities at Macdonough Elementary School
Timeline for Identification
October – November
Grade 3 and new-to-district grade 4 students will take Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)
Nomination letters sent to families
Teachers & parents complete portfolios and return to the principal
TAG Identification Committee meets to score portfolios and identify students as talented and gifted
Identification letters with program options sent to families
Parent Orientation to review program options for TAG students
Gifted and Talented -QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FOR PARENTS
Provided by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG)
CAG is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization whose membership of parents and educators work to promote the welfare and appropriate education for gifted and talented students. Links on the home page include, among others: events, advocacy, law and policy, hot topics, and frequently asked questions. www.ctgifted.org
CAG Understanding and Challenging the Gifted: A Teacher's Handbook
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
This is a national-level advocacy group consisting of parents, professional educators and affiliate groups from many states that support gifted education. The home page provides links to enrichment/summer programs, parent association membership, parenting information, and publications and material. NAGC, 1707 L Street, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 785-4268, FAX (202) 785-4248. www.NAGC.org.
The Association for the Gifted (TAG)
This group is a special interest group of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). It is an advocacy group that focuses attention on the needs of the gifted within the broader needs of diverse and special needs children. A great link to the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education is provided on this home page. CEC, 11920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091, (703) 620-3660, FAX (703) 264-9494. www.CEC.sped.org.
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
The mission of SENG is to improve the quality of life for gifted individuals so that they might appreciate, understand, and enjoy fully the intellectual and emotional talents they possess. The home page provides browsers with articles, gifted related web sites, and electronic lists and discussion groups. www.sengifted.org.
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
This is an organization that works to network educators of gifted children around the world. They have member services as well as publications for teachers and parents. They publish a journal, Gifted and Talented International, twice a year that deals with current theory, research and practice. They also publish World Gifted that provides current information about the field and acts as a forum for dialogue about pertinent international issues. www.world-gifted.org