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Rockwood Gifted Program
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Announcement

Rockwood Gifted Program Re-Entry Plan

July 29, 2020

Rockwood Gifted Program Re-Entry Plan

Elementary Gifted Services

The goal of the re-entry plans for the Rockwood Gifted Program centered on two main points:
  • safety of students and staff.
  • continuity of gifted services throughout the year
To accomplish these goals, the Rockwood Gifted Program analyzed how gifted services are currently implemented.  In our current model, the Center for Creative Learning combines students from multiple buildings daily.  In order to prevent students from multiple locations mixing, the Rockwood Gifted Program will alter our gifted delivery model until we are safely able to mix students from multiple locations.  The modifications made to programming are as follows:
  • Students will meet with a teacher certified in gifted education assigned to the school where they attend.
    • The assigned gifted teacher will instruct all elementary grades for that school.
  •  Each grade level will be pulled for services one day per week to help prevent mixing of grades.
    • Gifted services will include 75 minutes of instruction per week.
    • Gifted counseling services will be conducted via Zoom.
  • Families that opt for complete virtual instruction, will receive the same units of study as students that participate in in-person instruction.
    • Teachers will follow units that have been developed in Canvas for both in-person and online instruction.
    • The use of units developed in Canvas will also allow a seamless transition should the district be forced into a completely virtual instructional mode.
  • The assigned gifted teacher will reach out to make introductions and talk about the curriculum that will be covered during gifted services before Sept. 8,2020.
  • Gifted services will start Sept. 8, 2020 at the students’ schools.
This modification to gifted services will be in place for the entirety of the 2020-2021 academic year.  Gifted services will return to the center model as soon as possible.

Middle School Gifted Services

The goal of the re-entry plans for the Rockwood Gifted Program centered on two main points:
  • safety of students and staff.
  • continuity of gifted services throughout the year
To accomplish these goals, the Rockwood Gifted Program analyzed how gifted services are currently implemented.  In our current model, Stretch and Compacted Challenge Language Arts (CCLA), alternate days of instruction in an A/B model.  In order to reduce the number of classes that students rotate between, we will rotate by quarters instead of days.  This adaptation aligns with the middle school portion of the re-entry plan outlined by the district.  The modifications made to programming are as follows:  

  • Students assigned to Stretch will alternate quarters with Compacted Challenge Language Arts (CCLA).
    • Students in Stretch will be placed in Stretch for quarters 1 & 3 or 2 & 4.
  • The amount of instructional time spent in Stretch and CCLA, including in-person and virtual instruction, will be equal to the amount of time spent in class during a typical academic year. 
  • Stretch classes will instruct units that have been written to match the hybrid model being utilized by Rockwood.  These aforementioned units have been designed and uploaded to Canvas so that all Rockwood students participating in Stretch will have access to this curriculum.
  • Families that opt for complete virtual instruction, will receive the same units of study as students that participate in in-person instruction.
    • Teachers will follow units that have been developed in Canvas for both in-person and online instruction.
    • The use of units developed in Canvas will also allow a seamless transition should the district be forced into a completely virtual instructional mode.

High School Gifted Services

The goal of the re-entry plans for the Rockwood Gifted Program centered on three main points:
  • safety of students and staff.
  • continuity of gifted services throughout the year
  • offering advisory time to students without interrupting in-person instruction of classes 
To accomplish these goals, the Rockwood Gifted Program analyzed how gifted services are currently implemented.  In our current model, Gifted Resource Offices (GRO) pull students from classes to meet with them for advisory.  In order to reduce the impact to in-person instructional time, the GRO will meet with students via Zoom on the days that they are not receiving in-person instruction.  The modifications made to programming are as follows:

  • GRO will meet with students on the days that students are working remotely.
    • This will decrease the amount of time that students are pulled from in-person instruction.
  • GRO will check students’ progress and discuss strategies that continue to reinforce success.
  • GRO will be housed in their offices to meet with students that need to meet in person.
  • Use of Zoom will allow students to meet in groups with a teacher present to discuss relevant topics that students are focusing on.
  • Families that opt for complete virtual instruction, will receive services through Zoom meetings.
    • GRO teachers have a list of all students identified as gifted to ensure that students are contacted.
    • The use of Zoom will allow for a seamless transition should the district be forced into a completely virtual instructional mode.