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Online Resources for Students

Creativity
Chrome Music Lab allows students to explore rhythm, sound waves and more. 

Students can create online comic strips and print/email to friends and family. 


Math
Math Challenge is a website dedicated to the puzzling world of mathematics.

Youcubed tasks are a fun way for students to explore mathematical thinking.


Multidisciplinary
Khan Academy is a free resources of over 2,800 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics. 

Scholastic offers students the opportunity to read, play and connect.


Science
Ology is a website from the American Museum of Natural History - learn about biology, archaeology, anthropology, zoology and more!

The Exploratorium website offers a collection of online experiences to feed your curiosity.

 

Online Resources for Parents of GATE Students

Text Resources for Parents of Gifted Students

NAGC Brochure - Helping Your Gifted Child Succeed! - English / Spanish

The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle

Bringing Out the Best (A Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children) by Jacqulyn Saunders and Pamela Espeland

Helping Gifted Children Soar by Carol A. Strip and Gretchen Hirsch

Guiding the Gifted Child (A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers) by James T. Webb, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth and Stephanie S. Tolan

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

The Lawndale Elementary School District recognizes the diverse needs of students at our schools. Our Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program strives to support identified students through differentiated instruction and enrichment activities. We provide professional learning opportunities for teachers to support a variety of types of learners in our classrooms. The LESD GATE program serves students in grades 4 - 8. 

Students are identified through an online test measuring non-verbal and verbal reasoning given in 4th grade. 

GATE Plan

Professional Development for Teachers

2018-19 

  • About 5 teachers district-wide are trained

  • Sent 1 teacher to California Association for the Gifted (CAG)

2019-20
  • Offering GATE Certification to elementary and middle school teachers through UCSD Extension

  • Teacher certification, can be completed in 3-6 months (goal - have 1 GATE certified teacher at each school)

  • Offer CAG Summer Institute (18-19 example)

  • Offer Bureau of Education and Research (BER) Institute professional learning

  • Provide opportunities for teachers to share

2020-21
  • Offering GATE Certification to elementary and middle school teachers through UCSD Extension 

  • Teacher certification, can be completed in 3-6 months (goal - have at least 1 GATE certified teacher at each school)

  • Provide opportunities for teachers to share

2021-22
  • Offering GATE Certification to elementary and middle school teachers through UCSD Extension 

  • Teacher certification, can be completed in 3-6 months (goal - have 1 GATE certified teacher at each school)

  • Provide opportunities for teachers to share

GATE Identification

2018-19 

Initial identification: 

  • 3rd Grade student’s SBAC used as screener

  • Tested with Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) in Feb.

  • Slosson Verbal Ability Test

  • Piloting The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) with 5 students in June

2019-20

Initial identification:

  • 3rd Grade student’s SBAC used as screener

  • Test (4th graders) in October (change to OLSAT)

  • Slosson Verbal Ability Test

  • Parent/Teacher Recommendation is considered

2020-21

Initial identification:

  • 3rd Grade student’s SBAC used as screener or move to universal screening for all 3rd graders

  • CogAT or OLSAT in Oct.

  • Parent/Teacher Recommendation is considered

2021-22

Initial identification:

  • 3rd Grade student’s SBAC as screener or move to universal screener for all 3rd graders

  • CogAT or OLSAT in Oct.

  • Parent/Teacher Recommendation is considered

Differentiated Instruction/ Support

2018-19 

 

  • In-class differentiation 

  • Afterschool enrichment

  • Honors classes (Addams, Rogers)

  • GATE Advisory (Rogers)

2019-20

 

  • In-class differentiation

  • Provide multiple experiences for GATE students: in the area of the arts and in the area of problem-solving

  • Resources on the website

  • Honors classes

  • Plan for GATE Plan for GATE elective for middle school

2020-21

 

  • In-class differentiation

  • Provide multiple experiences for GATE students: in the area of the arts and in the area of problem-solving

  • Resources on the website

  • Honors classes

  • Offer GATE Elective for 6th grade

  • Plan for GATE Elective for 8th

2021-22

 

  • In-class differentiation

  • Honors classes

  • Offer GATE Elective for 6th and 7th grade

  • Plan for GATE Elective for 8th

Parent Support

2018-19 

 

  • GATE meeting

2019-20

  • Resources on website

  • GATE meeting 

  • Offer to send parents to CAG conference in spring - have a follow-up meeting for parents (give input on parent workshop)

  • Plan for district/site workshop for parents of GATE students (workshop on social-emotional characteristics and needs)

2020-21

  • Resources on website

  • GATE meeting

  • Offer to send parents to CAG conference in spring 

  • District/site workshops for parents of GATE students

2021-22

  • Resources on website

  • GATE meeting

  • CAG conference in the spring

  • District/site workshops for parents of GATE students