A new and
exciting program is being launched for advanced learners in
elementary school. Known as ALPs, it engages students who
demonstrate readiness for curriculum two or more grade levels above
age expectation. In math, the grade level curriculum is
“compacted,” meaning that skills and concepts already mastered are
not repeated and those yet to be mastered are covered at an
accelerated pace. During the majority of instructional time,
students work with Mentoring Mathematical Mindsor
M3, a mathematics curriculum designed for advanced
learners that focuses on critical thinking and creative problem
Advanced Learner Programs in
language arts incorporate the William and Mary literature units,
Open Court Classics Series, Touchpebbles Discussion Project,
advanced application of Write Traits, and advanced novel studies.
Multi-subject programs which engage students in interdisciplinary
inquiry are also being introduced.
Talent Development Model
for Elementary School
The Talent Development teachers help classroom
teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of advanced
learners and to identify exceptional talent that may be masked by
such things as disabling conditions, lack of proficiency in the
English language, poor behavior and work habits, or inadequate
background for academic development.
cornerstone of the Talent Development Program is differentiating and
accelerating instruction for students with advanced academic needs
in the areas of language arts and/or mathematics. The teacher
modifies content, process, and/or product of Anne Arundel County
curriculum according to student readiness, interest, and/or learning
style. Students may participate in activities that simulate real
world problems, address multiple perspectives, and result in the
development of authentic products. Additionally, the Talent
Development Program provides resources to support individual
student’s unique interests and talents.
Talent Development teachers are
school-based staff who co-plan, co-teach, and provide direct
service. On average, 70 percent of the Talent Development teacher’s
time is tasked in collaboration, co-teaching, and follow-up, and 30
percent of their time is provided for direct service.
The Talent Development teacher and classroom
teacher plan together to differentiate and accelerate learning activities that enrich
the county curriculum.
Co-Teaching and Follow-Up:
The Talent Development teacher and the classroom teacher deliver
instruction together. They may work with the whole class or with
smaller groups, within the classroom or in alternative settings. To follow-up, the Talent Development teacher and classroom teacher
monitor student learning, evaluate student
work and determine the course of future instruction.
The Talent Development teacher
supports independent study, projects, and
competitions with individual and small groups.
Talent Development teacher also provides resources, analyzes data on
student performance and potential, facilitates student participation
in adjunct programs and competitions, and promotes community
awareness of Talent Development initiatives and progress.
Gifted/Talented/Advanced Programs Office, in partnership with the
Early Childhood Office and the Elementary Reading Office created the
Primary Talent Development (PTD) Project. The goal of the project
is to expose every kindergarten student, to high level literature
and literature-based discussions. These discussions have been
designed to move students from literal to critical understanding of text.
participate in the Talent Development Program based upon a variety
of criteria: formal and informal pre-assessments, observation of
academic behavior, and examination of student work. Flexible
grouping allows for students to move fluidly in and out of Talent
Development groups/activities. The make-up of a student group
working directly with the Talent Development teacher may change with
the unit or the skill being taught.
Additionally, all second graders are screened to identify advanced
academic achievement and potential. Two standardized tests, the
Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) and a nationally-normed
achievement test are administered. Students scoring in
advanced ranges are closely monitored by the Talent Development and