Program Goals

Identification:

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In order to reach the Division Gifted Education Program Performance Measure indicating that the demographic composition of the gifted education program should reflect the demographic composition of the school division, the identification procedures of the gifted education program will continue to be revised based upon research-based national best practices standards in order to continue to increase identification of underrepresented student populations.

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Delivery of Services

  • In order to reach Division Gifted Education Performance Measures indicating specific standards for academic performance of identified gifted students on state, national, and international examinations, models for delivery of services for identified students will be examined and aligned with national research-based standards to provide support for modifications to improve delivery of services.
  • In order to reach Division Gifted Education Performance Measures indicating specific standards for academic performance of identified gifted students on state, national, and international examinations, plans based upon research-based national best practices standards will be developed for increased documented support of identified students in gifted resource program and in classroom settings.
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Curriculum Development

  • In order to continue refinement of curriculum for the gifted education resource program, current curriculum guides will be reviewed in terms of emerging national research-based standards for curriculum for specific disciplines as well as national research-based standards for curriculum design for gifted learners to provide for continuing curriculum development for the gifted education resource program.
  • In order to support advanced learning opportunities for identified gifted and advanced learners in the elementary school classroom setting, advanced curriculum based upon research-based national curriculum standards will be adopted, adapted, and developed within the framework of the curriculum of Prince William County Public Schools.
  • In order to support advanced learning opportunities for identified gifted and advanced learners in the middle school classroom setting, advanced curriculum based upon research-based national curriculum standards will be adopted, adapted, and developed within the framework of the curriculum of Prince William County Public Schools.
  • In order to support advanced learning opportunities for identified and advanced gifted learners at the high school level, advanced curriculum based upon research-based national and international standards will be adopted, adapted, or developed within the structure of Advanced Placement, Cambridge Programme, International Baccalaureate, and specialty program curriculum frameworks as well as within the framework of the curriculum of Prince William County Public Schools.
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Professional Development

  • In order to reach the Division Gifted Education Performance Measure that classroom teachers teaching identified gifted students have training in gifted education through graduate courses, specialized training, conferences, or local professional development sessions to complete an accreditation requirement, a five year plan of professional development opportunities based upon research-based national best practices will be revised and implemented.
  • In order to reach the Division Gifted Education Performance Measure that all Gifted Education Resource Teachers will have completed the Virginia Gifted Education Endorsement within three years after being hired for the position, graduate level courses to fulfill the endorsement requirement will be offered on a regular cycle in Prince William County
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Parent and Community Involvement:

  • In order to reach the goals of communication for Prince William County Public Schools, the Division Gifted Education Program Office and each level of the Gifted Education Program will develop and implement a communication plan based upon national standards, Virginia Standards of Quality Requirements, and the Division Strategic Plan.
  • In order to continue to increase the effectiveness of the Prince William County Gifted Advisory Committee, a committee model that reflects the best practices of the sub-committee system used at the Virginia Advisory Committee for the Education of the Gifted will be adopted.

Vision and Mission

Vision: Leadership for Learning

Mission: A continuum of services will be available to support the requirements of the range of aptitudes and needs of students who receive gifted education services.

A student who has been identified for services through the Gifted Education Program of Prince William County Public Schools will receive appropriate differentiated services to develop into a reflective thinker who can analyze and combine materials and ideas to integrate and transform such materials and ideas into exemplary solutions or products.

The curriculum framework will support both enrichment and acceleration. Instruction will match appropriate service options to student instructional needs.

The professional development program provided for teachers will reflect the instructional program designed for students.

To support program assessment, information will be gathered from students, parents, teachers, and administrators as well as disseminated to them. Program services will be evaluated in terms of implementation and in terms of effectiveness


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