WHO IS A GATE STUDENT?
The acronym "GATE" represents Gifted And Talented Education. The definition of a "gifted" student, according to the No Child Left Behind Law, is as follows:
The term 'gifted and talented', when used with
respect to students, children, or youth, means students, children, or
youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as
intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific
academic fields, and who need services or activities not ordinarily
provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.
(Title IX, Part A, Section 9101(22))
In simpler terms, GATE students, when compared to students their own age, are high-ability and usually learn at a faster pace, use a larger vocabulary, ask many
questions, and need activities that are complex and challenging. They may also be highly sensitive, creative,
and intense. Though each GATE student is different, one thing most have in common is the ability to perform complex mental functions. According to John P. DeLandtsheer, board member of the CA Association of the Gifted, GATE students can "form generalizations and see unique relationships between concepts; they can synthesize information from various sources and come up with their own innovations."
HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED FOR THE CNUSD GATE PROGRAM?
Students qualify for the
GATE program in the Corona-Norco School District after determining the composite score of a cognitive abilities test (CogAT/NNAT), the CST Test (grades 3 - 6) , and a teacher Rating Form. Students with a Verbal, Nonverbal, or Quantitative score of 95th percentile or higher on the CogAT/NNAT will automatically qualify.
Before testing takes place, a student must be recommended. Corona-Norco School District Recommendation forms (in English & Spanish) are available at all school sites and the District Office. A Recommendation form may be submitted by a parent or teacher. The form includes parent permission for testing that must be completed and returned before the appropriate due date.
CNUSD utilizes the CogAT and NNAT as an initial screening tool. This test is administered in the winter at each school site. All parents and schools are notified of the assessment results and student qualifications by mid to late spring.
WHAT DO WE DO AT EASTVALE FOR OUR GATE STUDENTS?
At Eastvale, we provide a range of activities and resources to support our GATE population. First, all teachers have received training on how to effectively teach gifted and talented students. Our teachers provide daily differentiated instruction in order for students to have multiple means of receiving and processing information and ideas. In addition, each day our GATE students attend "team time" where they work together to create and complete activities such as multi-media projects, school newsletters, oral presentations, and community service projects. These activities are an extension of skills and concepts that are already being taught in the classroom. It provides an opportunity for students to explore and generate complex, abstract ideas; manipulate information; and participate in self-directed learning. Throughout each month, we also provide extra-curricular workshops for our GATE students after school. These workshops are taught by community members, professionals, and on campus teachers and range in subjects anywhere from geocaching, to fingerprinting, or from painting to cooking! If you or someone you know is interested in putting on a workshop or sharing your knowledge in a particular area, be sure to contact one of the GATE coordinators at our school.
HOW CAN PARENTS SUPPORT THEIR GATE STUDENT?
The home life of a student frequently determines the extent and nature of a student’s learning opportunities. An enriched home environment often sparks creativity and intellectual development. Some ways parents can support their GATE student’s school program are:
· Be supportive – share ideas and thoughts daily;
· Encourage your student to wonder or reflect about ideas or actions;
· Encourage original thinking with “What if” questions;
· Foster the development of hobbies or interests;
· Discuss or analyze current events with your child;
· Help discover sources of information – but don’t do “things” for the student;
· Whenever possible, take your child to museums, galleries, historical places, etc. in order to expand his/her thinking;· Maintain an interest in your child’s school and assignments. Model working together.