The secret in education lies in respecting the students. - Ralph Waldo Emerson PARENT NIGHT FOR TAG Tom Smith, Principal Shawna Holden, Assistant Principal Jalpurnia Blalock, TAG Coordinator THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUOTE Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. -John F. Kennedy AGENDA Vision of Prince George’s County Public School TAG Program ? How are students identified as TAG? How is the TAG program implemented at Vansville Elementary School? What programs are offered to TAG identified students? What can parents do to get involved? Question/Answer session? INTRODUCTION Principal: TAG Coordinator: Mr. Smith Mrs. Blalock, 4th Grade Teacher TAG Committee Members: Mrs. Soto, 3rd Grade Teacher Ms. Coleman, 2nd Grade Teacher Ms. Roane, Special Educator THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUOTE!!! The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live. --Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. VISION OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL TAG PROGRAM The vision of Prince George’s County Public Schools TAG Program is to provide all Talented and Gifted Students from diverse cultural, ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds with the opportunity to reach their full educational, social and emotional potential in an instructional setting appropriate for his or her needs. All TAG students will be provided a dynamic learning environment which challenges them to develop their intellectual ability, creative and artistic talents, and leadership skills. All teachers of TAG students will understand the characteristics of gifted students, possess knowledge of appropriate instructional strategies, and implement those strategies to meet students needs and support student achievement. TAG PROGRAM AT VANSVILLE Vansville a TRC (TAG in the Regular Classroom) school. Classroom teachers offer appropriate advanced activities and incorporate the TRC model. The TRC model was developed for schools with a large population of TAG identified students (greater than 40). The components of the TRC model include: TAG students clustered in groups of 7 to 10 per classroom Advanced research and study skills Higher Order Thinking Skills and Reading Comprehension Strategies Instruction and activities reflecting Multiple Intelligences Theory First in Math TAG PROGRAM AT VANSVILLE Differentiated instructional strategies in the heterogeneous classroom Acceleration of pacing and content Curriculum compacting Tiered assignments with levels of challenge or open-ended response options Flexible grouping Independent study Learning/interest centers for independent work Enrichment BENEFITS OF THE TRC MODEL The benefits of the TRC model include enrichment opportunities that are aligned with the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum that are embedded in daily instruction instead of a periodic pull-out program taught in isolation. The TRC model provides gifted students with leadership opportunities in the general classroom as well as differentiated opportunities geared to the individual students’ abilities and interests. The TRC model continually sets the bar higher for instruction in all aspects of school as teachers plan open-ended assignments that are challenging to all students as well as our gifted students. IDENTIFICATION PROCESS Teacher Nominations Teachers provide parents with a checklist and complete a teacher checklist. Checklists and grades are submitted to the TAG Coordinator. Test data, teacher checklist, parent checklist, and report card grades are used to screen all students for eligibility for the TAG program. Nominations must be made by November 25. IDENTIFICATION PROCESS Test Nominations Grades 1 and 3 Students scoring 80% or above in the areas of reading, math and ability will be included on a nomination list sent from the TAG office. The TAG Coordinator will notify teachers and provide teachers with a letter informing parents. Parents and teachers will need to complete a checklist. Parents will be notified in writing of their child’s eligibility or ineligibility status. IDENTIFICATION PROCESS Parent/Student Nominations Parents and students must submit in writing a request for nomination for screening. Teachers need to provide the parents with a checklist that must be completed and returned. Teacher must complete a teacher checklist. Submit checklists (both teacher and parent) and quarter grades to the TAG Coordinator. Screening will begin at the end of the first quarter. Nominations must be made by November THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUOTE!!! The fact we must remember is that we are educating students for a world that will not be ours but will be theirs. Give them a chance to be heard. -Dr. Carlos P. Romulo. PROGRAMS FOR THE TAG IDENTIFIED STUDENTS Science Club Year Book Club Imagination Destination*** Chorus Instrumental Music Book Clubs (within the classrooms) Technology (within the classrooms) Chess Club Art Club THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUOTE!!! The ability to ask questions is the greatest resource in learning the truth. -- anonymous POSSIBLE FUTURE PROGRAMS Robotic’s Club Destination Imagination Spelling Bee Drama Club Algebra and Pre-Algebra Clubs Accelerated Math (after school) Accelerated Reading (After school) Write-A-Book Competition PARENT FEEDBACK What type of clubs/organizations would you like to see implemented at Vansville? PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT We need parents to volunteer to support the teachers and the programs offered to students at Vansville Elementary School. With your support, teachers can implement more programs in the classroom and programs/clubs will flourish. Please consider donating your time and resources to support our students. Please sign the lists today. DESTINATION IMAGINATION WHAT IS Destination ImagiNation®? Destination ImagiNation® (DI) is an international non-profit organization that teaches life skills and expands imaginations through youth-centered, team-based creative problem solving. Adult Team Managers oversee the teams and act as guides throughout the process. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO JOIN? 3rd-5th graders at Vansville may participate in Instant Challenge Club and Teams Instant Challenge Clubs are starting now. K-2nd graders may participate in the Rising Stars Program. DESTINATION IMAGINATION WHAT DOES A TEAM DO? Teams of 5-7 students work together during the year to solve their choice of one of 5 challenges. The team then presents their solution to their central challenge and solves an instant challenge at the South Central Regional Celebration of Creativity. Qualifying Teams then present their solutions at the Maine State DI Celebration. Finalists from States can compete at Global Finals. HOW OFTEN DO TEAMS MEET? Once a team is formed, the members will decide how competitive they want to be and how often they want to meet. Historically, teams meet once a week until January when they go to two times per week, and possibly more as the Regional Celebration approaches. DESTINATION IMAGINATION Coordinator: Mrs. Blalock at firstname.lastname@example.org WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION about Destination Imagination? Check out this International Problem-Solving Program at: http://www.createme.org/2011/20102011%20Sneak%20Peeks.htm CreateME.org http://www.marylanddi.org (Maryland Destination ImagiNation) http://www.idodi.org/ (Destination ImagiNation) DESTINATION IMAGINATION http://www.marylanddi.org/ http://www.idodi.org/ THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUOTE!!! Too often we give students answers to remember rather than problems to solve. ---Robert Lewin CLOSING Would you like to have future meetings? This will keep us connected. The meetings would be quarterly. If you provide me with an email, I will inform you about events related to TAG education. Consider starting a Parent Committee for the Advancement of TAG (CATAG) Volunteer as often as you can. IMAGINE, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE Imagine what can be accomplished for all students, if we believe and work together, we can achieve our goals.