IGNITE-GIFTED EDUCATION

GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District provides a program of enrichment for intellectually gifted students in grades second through sixth. This program is called "IGNITE", (Intellectually Gifted, Navigating Intelligence Through Education). Students in grades 2-6 spend a minimum of 4 hours per week mandatory 5 hours per week recommended in the gifted "pull-out" program and the rest of the week in their general education classrooms. The IGNITE Program will develop, enhance, and maximize the development of intellectually gifted learners by providing a unique educational experience that is not available in the regular education classroom.

 

 

Goals of the “IGNITE” Program

 

  • Provide challenging opportunities of exchanged learning among intellectual peers.
  • Ensure a safe environment with a curriculum that meets individual needs.
  • Develop lifelong learners who become productive, creative, and contributing members of society.
  • Increase understanding of self and others to develop healthy, positive, and enriching relationships.
  • Improve parental and community involvement for the advancement of gifted education.

 

REFERRAL PROCEDURE

Referral for the gifted education program is based on consideration of performance in the regular classroom, potential ability, test performance, maturity, creativity, and leadership potential. While grades and/or achievement test scores might be an indicator of giftedness, by Mississippi Department of Education Gifted Education Program Regulations, neither classroom behavior, grades, or achievement test scores may be used to eliminate a student from the identification process.

Referral must include documentation of two or more of the following:

  • A group measure of intelligence administered within the past twelve (12) months with a minimum score at or above the 90th   percentile;
  • Published characteristics of giftedness measure at the superior range;
  • Published measure of creativity and/or leadership at the superior range;
  • Achievement test scores at the 90th   percentile;
  • Existing measure of individual intelligence administered within the past twelve (12) months, and/or
  • Other measures documented in research on identification of the intellectually gifted.

A student may be referred for consideration, pending documentation of the above criteria, by a parent, teacher, counselor, administrator, or anyone else having reason to believe that the student might be intellectually gifted.

 

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

If a student meets the criteria for gifted referral, the Gifted Local Survey Committee will recommend individual assessment to determine eligibility for an “Intellectually Gifted” ruling. Written parental permission for testing must be obtained prior to any individual testing.

 

PHASE I OF ASSESSMENT

A student must meet at least three of the following criteria measures prior to administration of an individual intelligence test:

  • A full scale score at or above the 90th   percentile on a normal group measure of intelligence; (RAVEN Test- is a screener for IQ to be given to 1st and 2nd grade)
  • A score at or above the superior range on a normed characteristic of giftedness checklist;
  • A score at or above the superior range on a normed measure of creativity;
  • A score at or above on a normed measure of leadership;
  • A score at or above the 90th   percentile on a normed measure of cognitive abilities;
  • A score at or above the 90th   percentile on a total language, total math, total reading, total science, total social studies, or the composite on a normed achievement test;

Other measures as approved by the State Board of Education on the district’s Gifted Education Program Proposal.

 

PHASE II OF ASSESSMENT

Parent permission must be granted for IQ testing and students must meet minimal acceptable criteria in at least three of the above measures then an individual intelligence test will be administered by a licensed examiner. In no case will the examiner be related to the student being tested.

The student must score at or above the 91st percentile composite/full scale in order to satisfy eligibility criteria. If a student meets criteria, the Gifted Local Survey Committee will grant an “Intellectually Gifted” eligibility ruling.

 

 

PLACEMENT IN THE GIFTED PROGRAM

Once a student is ruled eligible for placement in the gifted program, the parent has the right to agree to placement or withhold placement of the child in the program.  Written parental permission must be obtained before the child can be placed in the program.  

Once a student is determined eligible for a gifted program in Mississippi, no reevaluation testing is required to remain in the program. Although criteria may vary from district to district, an eligible determination is accepted by all school districts within the State of Mississippi.

This process requires all Mississippi districts to screen all students in at least one grade level each year. The Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District administers a Blanket Screening in Grades 1st and 2nd . District uses a normed group measure of intelligence in the Mass Screening Referral Process. This process should assist in identifying students in underrepresented populations. Students who obtain a full-scale score at or above the 91st percentile on the normed group measure of intelligence shall move forward in the referral process.

 

OUT-OF-STATE GIFTED ELIGIBILITIES

As each state has a unique set of eligibility criteria for placement in a gifted program, a student moving to Mississippi with a gifted eligibility from another state must satisfy Mississippi eligibility criteria before being considered for placement in the gifted program. The eligibility ruling from another state may be used to initiate the referral process in Mississippi. There is no temporary placement in the gifted program while the student goes through the eligibility process within the district.

 

Participation in the Gifted Education Program is NOT a reward.  It is an Entitlement under State Law (Mississippi Gifted Education Act of 1989, Mississippi Code Sections 37-23-171 through 37-23-181). 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

As IGNITE students work under specific Instructional Management Plan objectives and time frames, withholding permission to attend gifted classes shall not be used as a disciplinary measure.  Failure to complete enrichment class assignments can be used as grounds for dismissal from the program. 

 

HOMEWORK/CLASSWORK

As outlined in MDE Gifted Regulations, gifted students may not be required to make up classwork missed when they are scheduled to be in the gifted classroom.  Gifted students shall be held accountable for demonstrating mastery of concepts and information on regularly scheduled tests. 

 

ANNUAL REASSESSMENT FOR CONTINUED PLACEMENT

A committee shall meet at least annually to reassess each gifted student’s continuation in the gifted program.  The committee must include at least the student’s teacher of the gifted and a designated administrative representative. 

As stated in the MDE Gifted Education Regulations, “since participation in the gifted program is an entitlement under the law, the students should remain in the gifted program as long as they are being successful in the program.  Grades and/or success in the regular education program are the responsibility of the regular classroom teachers and should not be considered as a reason for removal from the gifted program.”

In the event a student fails to make progress or exhibits unsatisfactory participation in the gifted program, a meeting of the reassessment committee will be held to consider the student’s performance.  If the committee determines that the student is failing to make progress in the program, the student will be placed on probation in the gifted program for the next 9-weeks term.  The parents will be notified and given an opportunity to meet with the committee to discuss the decision and develop a plan of action.  During this time, the student will continue to participate in the gifted program.  If at the end of the period of probation, the student’s performance improves to a satisfactory level, the student will be removed from probation and recommended for continued placement.  If at the end of the 9-weeks term the student has failed to improve his/her performance to a satisfactory level, the reassessment committee can recommend the student be removed from the program.  Documentation of all reassessment committee meetings must be maintained. 

If the committee determines that the student should exit IGNITE due to lack of progress and/or unsatisfactory participation in the program, the student’s parents will be notified and given the opportunity to discuss the decision with the committee before the student is removed.  Should the parents not agree to the removal of the student from the program, the district shall grant the parents a hearing.  

 

HEARING PROCESS

Parents who are not in agreement with the school based committee decision to remove a student from the gifted program will present their concerns, orally or in writing to the principal of the school.  The principal and parent will attempt to resolve the matter informally.

If the parents are not satisfied with the action taken by the principal, the parents shall, within five (5) school days after the meeting with the principal, put their concerns in writing and present them         

to the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District gifted contact person.  The gifted contact person will schedule a meeting with the Local Survey Committee within five (5) school days or a timeframe agreed upon by the parents.  Parents will be extended an invitation to attend the meeting.  The committee will render a written decision based on information shared during the meeting. 

 

REINSTATEMENT PROCEDURES

Students will be considered for reinstatement in the gifted program at the request of the parents and with the recommendation of classroom teachers.  Consideration and arrangements for reinstatement in the program will be made through the Local Gifted Survey Committee and documented in the minutes.  Written notification of the student’s eligibility for reinstatement will be forwarded to the parents and teachers of the students.  Written parental permission must be obtained before the student can be placed in the program.  

 

EMERGING POTENTIAL FOR GIFTED

Students who have satisfied criteria on the Emerging Potential for Gifted Checklist who did not

satisfy minimal acceptable criteria on an individual test of intelligence, but, did score at least at

the 84th percentile or have a scale score that falls within the range of the 90th percentile

confidence interval of the state minimum scale/percentile score, may be administered one of the

following additional measures to determine eligibility:

  1. A test of cognitive abilities with a minimal score at the 90th percentile,
  2. A group intelligence measure with a minimal score at the 90th percentile, or
  3. A district-developed matrix approved by the MDE.

Identification criteria, as approved by the MDE on the local district’s Gifted Education Program

Proposal, must be satisfied for a student to be ruled eligible by the LSC for the intellectually

gifted education program.

 

POTENTIALLY TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS

Students who already have an eligibility ruling under IDEA and are being assessed for an

intellectually gifted eligibility, and who did not satisfy all of the required minimal acceptable

referral criteria but did meet at least one referral criterion shall have their results reviewed by the

LSC and a licensed examiner. If the student scores at or above the 91st percentile on the

individual test of intelligence (composite score or approved subtest score) or in the opinion of the

reviewing committee, would benefit from participation in the intellectually gifted program, the

student may be granted a provisional eligibility for the intellectually gifted program for a period

of one year. At the end of that year, the student’s teacher of the gifted shall meet with the review

committee to discuss the student’s performance in the program. If the student has demonstrated

success in the program, the LSC shall change the eligibility status from provisional to regular

eligibility. If the student has not been successful in the program, the provisional eligibility shall

be revoked.

 

PERFORMANCE IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM

In the event a student has difficulty keeping up with regular classroom work, a conference will be held with the parent, classroom teacher, teacher of the gifted, and the student, if appropriate, to discuss the problem and to determine an appropriate course of action.  The conference and plan of action will be documented and follow-up conferences will be held as needed. 

As the academic progress and welfare of the students are of prime consideration, special situations will be handled on an individual basis.

 

VISITORS

Parents and interested parties are always welcome to visit the IGNITE classes.  Please contact the principal’s office of the school where the student attends or set an appointment through the student’s teacher.

 

IGNITE

IGNITE is a program for intellectually gifted students. Intellectual giftedness is an intellectual ability significantly higher than average. It is different from a skill, in that skills are learned or acquired behaviors. Like a talent, intellectual giftedness is usually believed to be an innate, personal aptitude for intellectual activities that cannot be acquired through personal effort. Gifted programming is an entitlement under law.  The intellectually gifted are chronologically one age, but intellectually another. 

Giftedness is not what they DO, but who they ARE.  Ignite Students need to be with other students like themselves some part of each week.  Many gifted students have uneven academic skills and/or may

appear unmotivated.  It is important to remember that not all intellectually gifted students make A’s and B’s.

 

GRADES PARTICIPATE

IGNITE serves Intellectually Gifted students in grades 2-6 in throughout the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District.

 

HOW CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE?

Anyone can refer a student for screening, at any time during the year.  Blanket screening of all first and second graders is conducted in the spring of each school year.  Those students who meet the qualifications are referred for an individual I.Q. assessment.  Those who score at the 91st percentile or above are eligible for placement in IGNITE. Evaluations attempt to identify those students who demonstrate excellence or strong potential to achieve in one or more of the following areas:  academic, leadership, creativity, intellectual, visual/performing arts, communication, and learning.

Gifted students—you may or may not spot them in your classroom. They may be highly visible, like the high achievers or straight-A students. But they may also be among those students who don't finish their work (it's never perfect enough), who zone out or act out in class (they're bored), or who test poorly because they overthink things ("Hmmm, this answer might be true in this case, but it might not be true in that case").

 

WHAT WILL MY CHILD DO AT IGNITE?

Students work on thematic units of study based on the interest areas of the students.  Within these units, students conduct research, work together to problem solve, participate in art and drama activities, advanced technology and go on field trips.  The following activities in the forefront: Real-World, Creative, and Hands-On Activities.

 

AREAS OF FOCUS IN IGNITE…

Critical Thinking, Creativity, Group Dynamics, Research, Communications, Visual & Performing Arts, Exploration of Careers & Life Skills, Socio-Emotional needs of the students

 

WHERE DO STUDENTS ATTEND CLASSES?

All students will be served at their schools.

 

WHEN WOULD MY CHILD ATTEND IGNITE?

The state recommends that intellectually gifted children participate in a gifted program

300 minutes per week. Students are pulled from the regular classroom in order to achieve this.

 

 SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING IGNITE…

*Students develop leadership skills while also learning the importance of being a team player.

*Process skills learned in IGNITE can transfer to both the regular education classroom and to

success on standardized testing.

*By spending time with other gifted students, the unique social and emotional needs of these

students are met on an ongoing basis.

 

EXITING THE PROGRAM

All students exit the program after the 6th grade.

A parent may remove a child from IGNITE with a written, signed, and dated notification

to the IGNITE teacher.

The Local Survey Committee (LSC) meets annually to determine continued placement of students in IGNITE A student may be removed from IGNITE by the LSC for not meeting the goals of the IGNITE program and/or unsatisfactory participation in the program. Parents may

appeal the LSC ruling by requesting a hearing with the LSC in writing.  The LSC will reconvene to make a ruling so that all stakeholders will be included in the final decision.

 

The IGNITE faculty can help your child…..

 IGNITE the Fire and Passion and Become the Greatest!

 

Links:

 

Gifted Outcomes:  https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OAE/OEER/Advanced%20Learning%20and%20Gifted%20Programs/outcomes-2017-print.pdf

Scope and Sequence

https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OAE/OEER/Advanced%20Learning%20and%20Gifted%20Programs/scope-and-sequence_20170810_v1.pdf

Emerging Potential Assessment Eligibility Matrix

https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OAE/OEER/Advanced%20Learning%20and%20Gifted%20Programs/sample-emerging-potential-matrix_20141020084314_186315.pdf

Gifted Classroom Learning Walk

https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OAE/OEER/Advanced%20Learning%20and%20Gifted%20Programs/gifted_classroom_walk_through.pdf

Gifted Education Program Monitoring Visit Report https://www.mdek12.org/sites/default/files/Offices/MDE/OAE/OEER/Advanced%20Learning%20and%20Gifted%20Programs/2019_monitoring_tool.pdf

Gifted Resources for Parents

https://www.magcgifted.org/resources-for-parents

 

Meet the IGNITE Team:

 

 

Staff Members

Base School

Service Schools

Days

Cynthia Armstrong

Davis Elementary

Davis Elementary

Mon.-Wed.-Fri.

Threadgill Elementary

Tues.-Thurs

Sherry Seals

Leflore Elementary

Leflore Elementary

Tues.-Thurs-Fri.

Threadgill Elementary

Mon.- Wed.

Latoye Sullivan-Zinn

Claudine Brown Elementary

Claudine Brown Elementary

Mon.

 East Elementary

Tues.- Wed.- Thurs

Amanda Elzy Junior High

Fri.

Susan Wellborn

Bankston Elementary

Bankston Elementary

Mon.-Fri.