Gifted & Talented Instruction Program
The purpose of the Gifted and Talented Instruction Program is to provide educational services to students who have the potential for exceptional academic and artistic achievement in grades Pre-Kindergarten - 12. Gifted children and youth are those who demonstrate abilities that give evidence of high performance in academic and intellectual aptitude. The Gifted and Talented Instruction Program recognizes students who have been identified through a state evaluation as being academically gifted and/or talented in the areas of theatre, music, and visual arts. The goal of the Gifted and Talented Instruction Program is to challenge, support, and inspire gifted and talented students through differentiated, accelerated, and enrichment learning opportunities designed to meet their unique academic, social, and emotional needs.
Several studies have been conducted on the importance of gifted identification.
- Gifted students are more likely to take advanced courses. Brody and Mills (2005)
- Gifted students have higher educational attainment. Brody and Mills (2005)
- Gifted students experience social benefits. Brody and Mills (2005)
- Gifted programs have a positive effect on post-secondary plans. Hebert (1993)
- Students who participate in gifted programs, maintain interests and career aspirations in college. Delcourt (1993)
- Students’ involvement in gifted programs in high school enabled them to explore potential career interests and allow students to see themselves in the role of practicing professionals and visualize a different sense of self. Taylor (1992)
Contact the Child Search Department at 504-349-8677, if your child is between two (2) and five (5) years old to schedule an appointment for a potentially gifted screening.
Characteristics of Gifted Children
- High rate of success in subjects of interest
- Pursues certain areas with vigor
- Good memory
- Comprehends well
- Acquires knowledge quickly
- Widely read in special areas
- Gets excited about new ideas
- Learns rapidly
- Independent learner
- Has a large vocabulary compared to others his age
- Thinks abstractly
- Enjoys hypothesizing
- Likes structure
- Well-accepted by peers
- Shows good judgement, common sense
- Articulate, verbally fluent
- Foresees the consequences of things
- Independent thinker
- Expressive (oral or written)
- Keen sense of humor
- Doesn’t mind being different
- Is original, unconventional, imaginative
- Expresses feelings, thoughts and moods through art
- Good coordination
- Exhibits creativity, imagination
- Likes to produce original products
An artistically talented student...
- Likes to participate in art activities any time anywhere
- Incorporates a large number of elements into art work
- Arrives at unique solutions to artistic problems
- Concentrates for long periods of time on art projects
- Likes to experiment with a variety of materials
- Tends to select an art activity during free time
- Is a keen observer - -- sees the unusual
- Produces balance and order in art work
- Is critical of his or her own work; sets high standards for self
- Shows an interest in other students’ art work and wants to discuss the work
- Elaborates on ideas from other people
–using them as a “jumping off point”
A theatrically talented student...
- Volunteers to participate in classroom plays or skits
- Easily tells a story or gives an account of some experience
- Effectively uses gestures and facial expressions to communicate feelings
- Is adept at role-playing, improvising, acting out situations
- Can readily identify himself or herself with moods of others
- Handles body with ease and poise for his or her particular age
- Creates original plays or makes up plays from stories
- Commands and holds the attention of a group when speaking
- Is able to make people laugh, frown, feel tense, etc.
- Can imitate others—mimic the way people speak, walk, gesture
A musically talented student...
- Shows a sustained interest in music
- Seeks out opportunities to hear & create music
- Perceives fine differences in musical tone (pitch, loudness, timbre, duration)
- Easily remembers melodies and can reproduce them accurately
- Eagerly participates in musical activities
- Plays a musical instrument or indicates a strong desire to become a musician
- Is sensitive to the rhythm of music
- Responds to changes in the tempo of music through body movements
- Is aware of and can identify a variety of sounds heard at a given moment
What is taught in Talented Visual Arts?
Essential art elements, principles of design, respect for commonalities and differences in art; art as expressions of ideas, feelings, and culture
Styles, periods, movements, simplified chronology, outstanding artists
Analysis and Criticism
Observe, describe, analyze, interpret, and make critical judgments of artwork
Develop creative problem solving skills in “art making;” experience a variety of media---drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and architecture
Career opportunities, finding funding, marketing and publicity
What is taught in Talented Theatre?
Improvisation, characterization, vocal development, stage movement, acting styles and methods
Greek and Roman theatre, medieval theatrical forms, Renaissance theatre and Shakespeare, modern forms, and absurdist theatre
Analysis and Criticism
Play analysis, dramatic theory, interpretive reading, and dramatic forms
Directing, scene design, stagecraft, and stage management
Current professional theatre practices, organization and management funding, and marketing and publicity.
What is taught in Talented Music?
Theory and Analysis
Sight singing, rhythm, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, stylistic form and analysis
Major musical periods, composers, styles and forms
Creative Activities: Improvisation, arranging, composition
Aesthetic Perception and Performance
Technical facility, varied music styles, musical expression, evaluation of performances
Current music occupations, funding, marketing, publicity, recording and publishing, and computer music.