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Hoover City Schools Schoolwide Enrichment Program

What is Enrichment?

Enrichment in Hoover City Schools is one dimension of the basic program offered to all students. The most fundamental belief of the Hoover City Schools is that each student has unique gifts and talents. The goal of enrichment is to discover and to develop those gifts and to encourage students’ self-directed learning. The enrichment program consists of all enrichment activities that occur in the classroom, the resource room and throughout the school at all levels. At the elementary schools where there is an enrichment teacher, the program is not limited to activities that the enrichment teacher initiates or facilitates. The enrichment teacher’s role is primarily: (1) to provide services for students identified for Talent Pool (pull-out) service; (2) to collaborate with general classroom teachers to enable them to provide enrichment opportunities for all students, and (3) to facilitate independent study opportunities for students. Students in grades 3 – 5 who have exceptional skills and talents in academic and/or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment are identified to receive additional opportunities through Talent Pool. Since Talent Pool services begin at third grade, the enrichment teacher assists second grade teachers with State-required screening procedures designed to identify potential candidates and collaborates with teachers in kindergarten through second grade to meet the needs of students. Students identified for Talent Pool display high levels of: (1) task commitment and/or motivation; (2) creative or productive thinking; and/or (3) above average abilities. When a student is recognized as having exceptional ability, this necessitates involvement in experiences not ordinarily provided in the regular classroom. Therefore, the focus of Talent Pool is on concept-based content, not curriculum-based content (i.e., not separate math or reading classes).


How is a child referred for Enrichment Services?

Teachers, parents, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may nominate a student in grades 3 – 5 for Talent Pool (pull-out) services in the enrichment program. The teacher of the student completes an Enrichment/Gifted Screening Nomination Form. For each student referred, information is gathered in the following areas: (1) aptitude; (2) characteristics; and (3) performance.   Information such as grades, evidence of out-of-level work, achievement test scores, aptitude scores, product/work samples, evidence of any outstanding skills or abilities, evidence of creativity, and any other relevant information are considered by a team composed of at least three people. Two members of the team must be a regular classroom teacher and a gifted/enrichment teacher. The third member can be an additional staff member, such as an administrator, other general education teacher, special education teacher, art, music, and/or physical education teacher. The team reviews the nomination form and determines whether the student satisfies the criteria for enrichment services.


How is a child referred for Gifted Services?

All second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist provided by the State Department of Education. Because the enrichment model is used in Hoover, usually the enrichment referral process is followed. However, a student may be referred for consideration for gifted services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities. Standard referrals may occur at any time for students six years of age and older. Parents must be informed when students are referred. Consent is secured from the parent to proceed with evaluations for consideration for gifted eligibility.


May a student start receiving pull-out services earlier than grade 3 if they are eligible for gifted services?

According to the Alabama Administrative Code, service delivery for students in grades K – 2 is through regular classroom accommodations with consultation from teacher of the gifted as needed. The regular educator should be knowledgeable of gifted learners, trained in differentiation, and demonstrate a willingness to address the needs of diverse learners. Kindergartners must be six years of age to receive services.


Top 50 Online Resources For Parents of Gifted Children 

  1. National Association for Gifted ChildrenThe National Association for Gifted Children is one of the best places for parents of gifted children to find resources, reading, help, and advice on raising an exceptional child.
  2. American Association for Gifted ChildrenBased out of Duke University, this organization posts news, resources, and articles of interest for parents and educators of gifted kids.
  3. IAGCThe Illinois Association for Gifted Children is just one of many state-centered organizations for gifted kids. Parents can join, find other families, and even attend special events.
  4. Gifted Child SocietyThe Gifted Child Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of gifted children. Through their website, parents can find helpful information and learn about seminars and workshops they can attend.
  5. GPGCThe Governor's Program for Gifted Children is a seven-week residential summer enrichment program for gifted students. Parents can learn more about the program, held at McNeese State University, from their website.
  6. SENGSENG is short for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted and is an organization that wants to help ensure that gifted children are understood, accepted, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, and workplaces.
  7. Mensa for KidsMensa embraces younger members through this fun website, offering up monthly themes to get kids reading and learning at an advanced level.
  8. Institute for Research and Policy on AccelerationFind out more about the latest research being done into academic acceleration through this organization's site.
  9. Center for Talented YouthLocated at Johns Hopkins, this organization engages gifted kids and their families through programs, summer classes, and even a bi-monthly magazine.
  1. @teachgiftedkidThis gifted and talented teacher posts interesting articles and thoughts about working with the gifted here.
  2. @DeepWatersCoachLisa Lauffer works with the group Gifted Grownups & Parents of Gifted Children, offering support through her Twitter feed and beyond.
  3. @gifted_guruHead to this feed to hear from Lisa Van Gemert, a gifted youth specialist for Mensa.
  4. @JeffcoGiftedThis nonprofit group of parents, teachers, and community leaders tweets about advocacy and resources for gifted kids.
  5. @HoagiesGiftedHead to this feed to get resources and articles aplenty about gifted education and parenting.
  6. @laughingatchaosJen is a mom raising gifted kids. She shares her experiences, both the good and the bad, here and on her blog.
  1. Gifted ChildrenCarol Bainbridge, an expert on gifted children, maintains this blog, which is chock full of learning ideas, information, and more.
  2. Parenting Gifted KidsHead to this blog, written by gifted educator Sarah Robbins, to learn more about how to challenge and help your gifted child.
  3. Gifted ExchangeThis blog focuses on gifted kids, touching on issues of schooling, parenting, education, and more, all written by the staff at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.
  4. The Prufrock BlogPrufrock is one of the leading publishers of materials for gifted, advanced, and special needs students. On this blog, you'll find updates on their latest releases.
  5. Unwrapping the GiftedHead to this Education Week blog to hear from Tamara Fisher, a K-12 gifted education specialist. She gives great insights into gifted and talented education.
  6. Parents of Gifted Children Resource GroupHere, parents can find resources and make connections with other parents of gifted children.
  7. Help Me With My Gifted Child: Not sure how to help your gifted child? Look to this blog for answers, with information about gifted programs, enrollment testing, and parenting.
  8. Gifted Parenting SupportThis blog is an excellent place to read more about how to parent and educate children who are gifted and talented.
  9. Gifted GuruThis blogger offers up resources, books, commentary, and more on the subject of gifted education.
  10. Gifted Education Perspectives: Follow this blog to learn more about all things gifted, from what defines it to how to best educate bright students.
  11. Creating Curriculum for Gifted ChildrenThis blog approaches gifted kids from an educator's perspective, but parents can also learn new ways to challenge and interest their children.
  12. Gifted Education ConsultantSonia White, author and gifted education specialist, shares her passion for helping gifted children through this blog.
  13. Gifted PhoenixOn this blog, parents can find some insights into giftedness issues, education, and parenting, from a New Zealand perspective.
  14. ByrdseedFocusing on creativity, accelerated learning, literature, and more, this blog offers resources and inspiration to gifted educators and parents of gifted kids.
  1. Hoagies' Gifted Education PageOn this site, you'll find a bit of everything, from conference listings to tips on understanding your gifted child, making it an excellent resource for any parent.
  2. Gifted Development CenterLooking for information about giftedness and how to raise a gifted child? Dr. Linda Silverman provides both on this helpful site.
  3. Gifted Child TodayThis open-access journal is a great read for parents who want to learn more about how to cater to the needs of their gifted child.
  4. Gifted Child QuarterlyAnother open-access journal, this journal is a bit more scholarly, publishing research done on giftedness and talent development.
  5. Summer Camps for Gifted ChildrenLooking for a great way to keep your child busy and learning over the summer? These summer camps could be a great choice.
  6. Exquisite MindsParents and teachers who work with gifted children can find resources, online games, tips, tools, and more on this social site.
  7. Royal Fireworks PressHead to this publisher's website to find great reads for both you and your gifted child, especially if you're homeschooling.
  8. BrightKidsBrightKids is a discussion group for parents of gifted children and is maintained through MENSA. You can join here and get tips and advice from other parents of bright kids.
  9. Schools for the Gifted ChildWondering where to send your gifted child? This site lists schools in six countries.
  10. KidSource Gifted and TalentedKidSource has collected a number of great resources and articles on gifted kids that can be a big help to parents.
  11. Educational Resources for Parents and Teachers of Gifted YouthMensa is a great place to look for help with a gifted child. Here, they offer up a collection of resources for parents and teachers that ranges from lesson places to fun activities.
  12. Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Even if you're not homeschooling your child, this site offers a chance to get resources and talk to parents who are also working to raise gifted children.
  13. Genius DeniedThis is the website for the book Genius Denied, an expose of the ways in which the American education system often ignores its brightest students.
  14. Gifted Children's Bill of RightsThis resource will help you learn how to stand up for your kids and make sure that his or her rights are being respected.
  15. Gifted JourneyThis site is a great resource for learning about giftedness, touching on everything from bullying to IQ tests.
  16. teachfine on gifted and ed techThis site collects resources that combine gifted education and technology, creating a great list of articles and sites that parents and kids can use to learn.
  1. Gifted Students Go Dumb to Fit InIs your child lowering his or her potential in order to fit in with peers? This article explores the stigma of being smart.
  2. Gifted Children Need Help, TooMany teachers and parents believe that smart kids don't need help; they'll do well on their own. This just isn't the case, as you'll learn here.
  3. The Drama of the Gifted ChildBeing a gifted child isn't easy, as you'll learn from this Psychology Today article.
  4. Hey, Teacher, Get Help Somewhere ElseMake sure your child isn't working as a teacher's aide in his or her classroom, a common occurrence as this article explains.
  5. Top 10 Myths in Gifted Education: Learn some of the biggest myths about teaching gifted kids from this great YouTube video.

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