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CORE Enrichment/Gifted and Talented

Creativity Opportunity Resources Engagement

 

A Commitment to Higher Learning

 

In 2007 Manchester Public Schools launched an initiative to renew its commitment to bring enrichment learning to all students and provide focused, differentiated learning experiences for its highly able and/or gifted and talented students. Under the direction of an enrichment program director and specially trained teachers, a program was developed that spotlights outstanding pedagogical practices and challenges high performing students.

Underlying this renewed commitment is the research on human abilities by Robert Sternberg, Joseph Renzulli, Benjamin Bloom, Howard Gardner, Calvin Taylor and others, indicating a need for a broader definition of giftedness and more flexible student selection procedures. The research also shows that creative, productive accomplishments, or gifted behavior, requires the interaction of three characteristics:

  • Above average ability
  • Task commitment
  • Creativity
    (Renzulli, 1978)

The Identification Process

The gifted Student Identification Process, as mandated by the State of Connecticut, and supported by the research above, is a multi-criteria process, implemented in grades 4-8. To initiate the process a Nomination Committee meets at each school to review student nominations. The committee decides whether "gifted" identification is appropriate for a nominated student, or whether the student may be watched for possible review at a later time.

Manchester Public Schools provide enrichment opportunities to students identified as gifted as well as students recommended for enrichment by their classroom teachers.

Program Rationale

Manchester Public Schools is committed to providing challenging learning experiences for all students that build on their individual strengths and optimize their abilities. Children who have been identified as gifted and/or talented have the potential to achieve high levels of accomplishment and it is this potential that needs to be recognized and encouraged.
These students exhibit unusual performance capability in intellectual, creative and/or artistic endeavors. They may also demonstrate leadership capacity and may excel in specific academic areas. In order to meet their needs and abilities, these highly able students require a differentiated curriculum that provides advanced learning opportunities.

Enrichment Teaching and Learning

Students are provided three types of enrichment learning experiences. Initially, general exploratory activities probe the depth and breadth of knowledge, with the intent of introducing students to new topics, ideas, and actions. These are followed by skills or process training activities, those that are necessary for independent learning, critical/creative thinking and problem solving, research, technology, and affective skills. Finally, an opportunity for more in-depth learning experiences are provided as students pursue independent and small group investigations of problems and issues surrounding their personal interests and motivations.

Students are inspired by enrichment experiences found in many areas, a sampling of these would include: guest speakers, presentations, performances, after school activities, field trips, music, art or drama opportunities. Academic challenge is found on a daily basis in honors level and or Advanced Placement classes, accelerated classes, and curriculum extensions that differentiate instruction.

CORE’s Mission

The mission of Manchester Public School’s CORE Program (Creativity - Opportunity - Resources - Engagement) is to support each student’s capacity for high educational achievement and to empower students by helping them attain the knowledge, skills and values needed for success.

Children who have been identified as gifted and/or talented may need opportunities beyond those typically found in the traditional classroom. The CORE program recognizes that high ability children come from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and have diverse abilities and interests.

CORE Highlights:
Presentations
Enrichment Clusters
Independent Investigations
Competitions
Future Problem Solving
Odyssey of the Mind


Summary of CORE program activities:

Grade K-5
School-wide enrichment opportunities:
• Performances
• Presentations
• Enrichment clusters
• Special school-based projects (multi grade level/ grade level0
• Musical performance groups
• Competition
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•Grade Level Enrichment Groups (gr 2-3)


Grade 4 and 5

  • Grade level enrichment opportunities
  • Student identification (gifted and/or talented)
  • CORE Enrichment classes, identified students
    • Thinking skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Research skills
    • Independent investigations
    • Competition

Grade 6
School-wide enrichment opportunities:

    • Performances
    • Presentations
    • School-based projects
    • Musical performance groups
    • Drama
  • Student identification (gifted and/or talented)
  • Math acceleration
  • CORE Enrichment classes
    • Critical /creative thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Research skills
    • Affective skills
  • Technology training
  • Independent investigations
  • Future Problem Solving competition
  • Peer Tutoring 

Grade 7 and 8
School-wide enrichment opportunities:

    • Performances
    • Presentations
    • Musical performance groups
    • Drama club activities
  • Student identification (gifted and/or talented)
  • Math acceleration
  • CORE Enrichment classes
    • Critical and creative thinking skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Research skills
    • Technology training
    • Independent investigations
    • Odyssey of the Mind competition
    • Literature Study

Students in Manchester Public Schools can look forward to CORE activities that spark the imagination and encourage the love of learning! Manchester Public School’s CORE program is interdisciplinary and challenges students to use higher level thinking skills, problem solving and original creative production from engaged student learning.

For more information about Manchester’s CORE program, contact Manchester Public Schools at (860) 647-3491

Manchester Public Schools 45 North School St, Manchester, CT 06042

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