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, English/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 periodically consults with the K-5 staff, guidance counselors, and principals during Gifted and Talented/Response to Intervention (GT/RtI) meetings to discuss differentiated teaching and learning in the specific areas of giftedness for our gifted learners and students who exhibit potential for giftedness. Gifted Services also meets with the elementary gifted students once a month to discuss student progress or lack of progress, challenges in the classroom, or social-emotional issues. Whether in traditional classrooms or Discovery classrooms, PTP and GT students have opportunities for both subject acceleration and/or whole grade acceleration according to district policies and procedures along with enrichment opportunities. Additionally, gifted students from Marshall County High School volunteer their time to mentor some of our younger gifted students within their areas of giftedness. Teachers throughout the district 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, identifying, and servicing potential strengths in the primary grades.
Consultation is implemented in the middle schools as well to meet the needs of our gifted learners through differentiated teaching and learning. Gifted Services meets with the teachers and administrators periodically during GT/RtI meetings to ensure the academic progress of the students and their social and emotional well-being. Gifted Services meets with students monthly to discuss student progress or lack of progress challenges in the classroom, or social-emotional issues. Acceleration and/or enrichment opportunities are available in the traditional classrooms and Explore classrooms to provide opportunities for the students to participate in activities that foster growth in essential skills. Some gifted students are subject accelerated in their area(s) of giftedness or whole-grade accelerated according to district policies and procedures.
Marshall County High School offers their Leadership Dynamics Class for our gifted leaders at the high school level. Advanced placement, dual credit, subject acceleration, early graduation, Thoroughbred Academy at MSU, Gatton Academy at WKU, advanced art classes, advanced music classes, jazz band, marching band, drama, acting, direction, dance, 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, PhD: Director of Gifted Services
Please click on a link below to visit our school GT Websites