I am Heidi Bledsoe and I serve as the Academically Gifted Specialist for K-5 students at Douglas Elementary. Our goal at Douglas is to enrich the academic experience for all students as they demonstrate readiness in their classroom work and behaviors.
4th and 5th Identified Students
Resource services are provided for 4th and 5th grade identified students once a week per identified area. Additionally, students have a daily enrichment block of 30 mins. in the classroom 5 days a week.
4th and 5th Enrichment
Additional students may be given the option to join our resource groups if their classwork & assessments exemplify Level 4 thinking and mastery. Before a student is added as an "enrichment student" to the resource groups, the classroom teacher and myself will meet to discuss the student evidence (data) to support this move. Parents will be notified of this possible addition to their child's academic experience.
3rd Grade is the AIG testing year. All students will be tested in October with the CogAT and then again in December with the IOWA if their CogAT scores are 85% or higher in any area. These scores are used in addition to work evidence through the fall Explorers classes to determine a need for gifted identification.
Before the end of the 1st quarter, full classroom lessons take place in all 3rd grade classrooms to go over the practice activities for the CogAT assessment. Additionally, classroom teachers gather evidence through formative assessments to determine which students show gifted behaviors in their thinking and learning. This data is used to determine participation in enrichment groups with Ms. Bledsoe. Students will then meet as a resource group 1 or 2 times a week for 3 to 4 weeks to work on enriched experiences within math and/or language arts. The student groups may vary from math to language arts depending on the academic abilities of the students during the full classroom lessons and their previous classroom work. The work during this program will be used as evidence to support or not support the decision of gifted identification in the spring of 2018.