Gifted and Talented
How do we support students identified as Gifted & Talented (GT) at Mountain Sage?
GT students’ needs are met through differentiated learning experiences in our Waldorf-inspired, general education classrooms. MSCS encourages enrichment beyond the basic curriculum by offering instructional strategies that accommodate identified learning styles and differentiates through depth and complexity within the curriculum topics of the grade. Students may also be able to complete an individualized passion project toward their goals, or work with a team to accomplish a shared goal. In alignment with the Poudre School District, students may be identified as GT in the areas of reading and math. All other areas of giftedness may be noted for interest, but will not be used for identification.
One of the core principles of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education states:
“Each human being is a unique individual who brings specific gifts, creative potential, and intentions to this life. Public Waldorf education addresses multiple aspects of the developing child including the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, cultural, moral, and spiritual. Through this, each child is helped to integrate into a maturing whole, able to determine a unique path through life.”
Advanced Learning Plans for GT students:
An Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is developed for every GT identified student in a public school in Colorado according to the student’s strength area(s), interests, and instructional and affective needs. An ALP is most appropriate after the completion of third grade at MSCS. ALP goals are created collaboratively based on input from the student, the parent/caregiver, and the teacher with the intention of helping the student achieve balance for a well-rounded education. Students may be involved in the creation of the ALP goals to engage in the process of learning and to develop connection to their goals. One academic goal and one affective goal will be developed. Goals will be progress-monitored throughout the year by the student and teachers and reviewed with parents annually.
Gifted and Talented (GT) Identification flow chart: