The Gifted teacher works with students, staff and parents in providing appropriate individual programs for students in the elementary school. The teacher provides for program development, assessment procedures, and in-service for faculty and parents.
For more information on the DoDEA Gifted Education as well as resources and publications for parents please visit the DoDEA HQ Gifted Education site.
It is the policy of DoDEA to identify giftedness among its students and to develop a plan for gifted education. Humphreys American School provides gifted students a comprehensive program that assesses their giftedness and provides appropriately differentiated learning experiences. Giftedness describes those students with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students exhibit high academic performance and/or excel in specific academic fields. A student’s eligibility for gifted education services is based on a documented need for modifications in the student’s instructional program to ensure continuous academic challenges and supporting services.
A Gifted Review Committee is established at the school to determine a student’s eligibility for gifted education services. Optional ability testing may be used as one source of data for identification, but are not required components in the identification process. Other assessment data such as rating scales, anecdotal information, observations, performance assessments coupled with information from parents are essential elements as well. The Gifted Education teacher works with these identified students using those programming options that meet the particular student’s academic needs. Classroom teachers also use differentiating instruction in addition to collaborating with the Gifted Education Teacher to deepen and expand upon areas of study. Opportunities to address the social and emotional needs of the gifted are provided in the course of working with students on a regular basis.
Our District has established an Assistive Technology Lending Library, consisting of specialized software and devices, Reference Books, Videos, and Assessment Instruments. The Lending Library was created to provide a variety of resource materials for use by special educators. Items found in the Lending Library are available for short-term loan to any school within the Mediterranean District.