Education and Reading, will soon begin gifted education program monitoring for the 2019-2020 school year. Attached is the monitoring calendar for this academic year. As a reminder, programs are now recognized for levels above Minimum Compliance through the monitoring process. Districts meeting the expectations established by the Standards for Gifted Education Programs 2013 will earn an Exemplary rating. This rating change recognizes the quality of programs across the state. Additionally, the monitoring tool has been updated. A copy of the instrument is attached for reference in preparation for the visits.
Training for the districts being monitored in gifted will be in the form of a webinar conducted on Monday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. This training will provide district personnel with information on the gifted program monitoring instrument and monitoring visit. Please register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9219941962460911361.
Districts scheduled for monitoring this school year must submit an updated gifted program proposal form to the MDE via email by November 1, 2019. The proposal should be submitted via email to Jen Cornett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition to this information, it is important to remember these requirements from Regulations for Gifted Education Programs 2013.
- Gifted teachers can serve up to, but no more than 60 students in an academic year.
- The recommended service time for gifted programs is 300 minutes, with a 240-minute minimum. The priority for gifted program teachers is service to gifted students. The instructional schedule of gifted teachers should maintain the integrity of the program at all times.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need support for your Gifted Education Programs, please contact Jen Cornett (email@example.com), Gifted Education Specialist, for assistance.