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    The SPECTRUM program is designed to meet the needs of middle school students (grades 6-8) who have been identified in need of gifted services. Students attend SPECTRUM for a half block (approximately 40 minutes) every other day.

    • The SPECTRUM curriculum framework focuses on four themes that are explored each year:  Business & Economics, Communication & Culture, Technology & Engineering, and Ethics & Perspectives. Students engage in project-based learning, research and inquiry, and problem solving. They are challenged to collaborate, communicate, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. Learning experiences are designed to develop initiative, creativity, and leadership skills. SPECTRUM provides students with opportunities for self-assessment and reflection on the demands and responsibilities of the gifted learner.

    In the LCPS Gifted Education Program, gifted students have the opportunity to achieve district goals at the level commensurate with their talent. Students are also challenged to apply their knowledge and skills in complex and advanced ways so that they can continue to develop academically.

     LCPS Gifted Education Programs Goals:

    • To become divergent creative thinkers who recognize problems and solve them

    • To construct personal meaning and understanding of others and of the world around them.

    • To develop the capacity for self assessment (ownership of the learning). 

     

     

    COVIC UPDATE  8/31/20:  When schools closed in March due to COVID-19, gifted resource teachers across the division had finished approximately half of the gifted evaluation process -- collecting student work samples, teacher observations, and ability testing information. Based upon guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) as well as extensive conversations with supervisors of gifted education from across the state, the LCPS Gifted Department made the decision to put the process on hold until students returned to school. The Gifted Department will resume the eligibility process during the month of September for students who were referred for an evaluation last spring. The plan is to complete the process by early October and notify parents/guardians of eligibility decisions by mid-October. Some students may be asked to meet with their gifted resource teacher in person at school  to complete any missing work samples or testing. New students found eligible for gifted services will begin classes starting the week of October 19.

    The Gifted Department does realize that some students who are being evaluated for gifted services may need enrichment opportunities at the beginning of the school year to meet their educational needs. Students will have access to choice boards through the gifted resource teacher at their school. Choice boards provide a variety of engaging enrichment activities for students to stretch their thinking and challenge their creativity. Parents may also access  parent resources and enrichment resources on the NAGC website to find challenging activities.

     

     

    You may also contact the Spectrum Teacher at Trailside Middle School, Lisa Dolinich, at Lisa.Dolinich@lcps.org