Welcome to the Gifted and Talented Program!
Welcome to the Marshall County School District Gifted and Talented Website! Our Gifted and Talented (GT) Program services students in 4th-12th grades who have been formally identified in the areas of General Intellectual, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Creativity, Leadership, or Visual/Performing Arts which include Art, Music, Drama, and Dance. Primary students who exhibit potential for giftedness in these areas are serviced through our Primary Talent Pool (PTP).
Administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, and GT teachers all work together to meet the creative, intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs of our gifted learners in accordance with 704 KAR 3:285. We continuously strive to provide our students with opportunities to think critically and creatively, problem solve, lead their peers, and practice the essential skills that are necessary to succeed in the 21st century. These essential skills include:
- Critical Thinking
- Creative Thinking
- Information Literacy
- Media Literacy
- Technology Literacy
- Social Skills
At the elementary level, gifted services collaborates/consults monthly with the staff through GT/RtI to provide differentiated and challenging lessons in the specific areas of giftedness for our gifted learners. Project Based Learning (PBL) is implemented within the classrooms to provide opportunities for and fosters growth in the essential skills. Primary Talent Pool (PTP) students and Gifted and Talented (GT) students have opportunities for both subject acceleration and whole grade acceleration according to district policies and procedures. Additionally, gifted students from Marshall County High School volunteer their time to mentor some of our younger gifted students within their areas of giftedness. The PTP Program serves students from Kindergarten through the third grade. The kindergarten, first, second, and third grade teachers throughout the county utilize critical and creative thinking strategies in the content areas to benefit all students. Visual/Performing Arts teachers also provide differentiated instruction as our goal is to challenge students in all areas for the purpose of recognizing and identifying potential strengths in the primary grades.
Collaboration/Consultation is implemeted in the middle schools as well to meet the needs of our gifted learners. Gifted Services meets with the teachers once a month through GT/RtI to ensure the academic progress of the students and their social and emotional well-being. PBL is employed in the traditional classrooms and Explore classrooms to provide opportunities for the students to participate in activities that foster growth in essential skills. The projects at the middle school level are community service projects which also enhance civic awareness. Some gifted students are subject accelerated in their area(s) of giftedness or whole-grade accelerated. Some gifted learners work with mentors from Marshall County High School. General education classrooms implement differentiated lessons to meet the needs of gifted and high level learners.
Marshall County High School offers their Leadership Dynamics Class for our gifted leaders at the high school level. Advanced placement, dual credit, early graduation, acceptance into the Thoroughbred Academy at MSU, acceptance into Gatton Academy at WKU, Quest Academy, advanced art classes, advanced music classes, drama, dance team, and differentiated instruction in the general education classes are all opportunities for our gifted high school students to be challenged in their areas of giftedness.
Please do not hesitate to contact Gifted Services with any questions or concerns.
Toddie Adams: Director of Gifted Services
Please click on a link below to visit our school GT Websites