Welcome to the SEARCH webpage!
What is SEARCH?
(Seeking Educational Alternatives to Reach and Challenge Higher-Level thinking skills)
SEARCH is a division of Loudoun County Public School's Gifted Education Program. It is a classroom-based program for all students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. The SEARCH teacher works in the classroom to present lessons and activities that encourage questioning, higher-level thinking skills, and creativity.
The SEARCH curriculum is based on problem solving and founded in gifted education research. The curriculum spirals developmentally through five components: perceiving, reasoning, connecting, creating, and evaluating. Each grade level learns about each component at increasingly more complex and abstract levels. These components will be presented to students in K-3 as "keys" to critical thinking.
In preparation for the LCPS gifted screening and identification process, which will take place from November to January, 4th grade students will participate in weekly talent development lessons and independent learning activities specifically designed to nurture and support their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The lessons and independent learning activities will provide students with exposure to the types of tasks that will be part of the gifted eligibility process. The LCPS gifted eligibility process was delayed last spring due to issues related to COVID-19.
Gifted resource teachers will also work closely with 4th and 5th grade classroom teachers to share activities that enrich and extend the core curriculum for students who need additional challenges this fall.
The Gifted Education Department understands that families will have questions about this process. Special presentations will be available for families in late September and early October. The presentations will address the 2021-22 gifted screening and identification process.
Loudoun County Public Schools Gifted Program Goals:
1.To become divergent creative thinkers who recognize problems and solve them.
2.To construct personal meaning and understanding of others and of the world around them.
3.To develop the capacity for self assessment (ownership of the learning).
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