Gifted and Talented Education
Purpose of the Program
The purpose of the GATE Program in the Fountain Valley School District is to challenge gifted and talented students by providing them with opportunities to explore new areas of thought. GATE learning opportunities encourage students to use their minds in new and creative ways, and to expand their confidence so that they will be productive citizens in a free and democratic society.
It is the mission of the Fountain Valley School District that gifted students learn how to use their resources to the fullest, work cooperatively, find innovative answers to questions, and challenge their own creative abilities.
Overview of GATE Instruction
All GATE students receive comprehensive instruction in the basic skills and the core curriculum with an emphasis on meeting the State’s rigorous and challenging academic standards. GATE instruction implements the State-approved approach of Depth and Complexity to enhance and make the core curriculum different. The eleven elements of Depth and Complexity are used to differentiate learning opportunities that stress the complexity of subject matter, develop greater depth in thinking and reasoning skills, and provide for the creation of new ideas and new products. The classroom program emphasizes
Students receive appropriate differentiated learning experience based on depth, complexity, as well as acceleration/pacing, and novelty. These differentiated learning opportunities enhance the student’s ability to generate new ideas and provide a climate for the creation of new ideas and new products. GATE instruction also assists in the understanding of self and others, and builds on student’s needs, learning styles, interests, abilities, and talents.
Most importantly, the GATE Program is designed to give students the intellectual tools to develop their capacity to become responsible, life-long learners. GATE instruction is the continuous process of enhancing a student’s ability to think, create, and communicate.
The GATE Program currently has two instructional settings:
Whether the cluster or core program, designated GATE teachers use various designs to implement GATE instruction. Some teachers may use an integrated approach to differentiating the core curriculum by extending GATE instruction before, during or after a unit of core study. Teachers may interweave two or more elements of depth and complexity while teaching a specific core content topic or build a bridge between two core content areas or disciplines. Teachers use the differentiated curriculum approach as the primary emphasis in their classroom program.
GATE Identification Timeline 2012-13
Print GATE Timeline 2012-13 here
|Differentiated Instruction||GATE Resource Materials to Check Out|
|GATE Web Links|
|Contacts: Anne SIlavs, Assistant Superintendent, Instruction
Phone: 843-3285 email: email@example.com
|Kathy Niemeyer, Senior Secretary
Phone: 714-843-3283 email: firstname.lastname@example.org