Understanding and Supporting Gifted and Talented Learners is intended to introduce participants to the major topics regarding the specialized nature of gifted and talented students along with the unique educational needs of the gifted learner. The major definitions, concepts, trends, and theories will be explored as well as the history of gifted and talented education. In addition, the course will explore screening and identification of gifted students and will introduce differentiation of instruction and curriculum to meet the needs of the gifted and talented learner.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Who, What, and Why? Myths and Stereotypes
Week 3: A Look Back: Theory, Historical Developments, and Current Trends
Week 4: Screening and Identification of GT Students
Week 5: Social and Emotional Needs of GT Students
Week 6: Program Models and Curriculum for GT Students
Week 7: Advocacy and Characteristics of Effective GT Teachers
This is an intermediate level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of Virtual Education’s VirtualSC PD. All course materials found within the workshop are available online.