Reach High-Achieving Students
What is gifted and talented (G&T)? According to the National Association for Gifted Children, there is no universally agreed upon answer to this question. “Giftedness, intelligence, and talent are fluid concepts and may look different in different contexts and cultures. Even within schools, you will find a range of personal beliefs about the word ‘gifted,’ which has become a term with multiple meanings and much nuance.” 1
What can be agreed upon is that students who show outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains are represented by all cultural groups and across all economic strata; thus, keeping them appropriately engaged in the learning process can be challenging.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING KEEPS HIGH-PERFORMING STUDENTS CHALLENGED
Compass Learning's products, CompassLearning Odyssey® and Renzulli Learning™, feature multi-dimensional assessments that can be customized to ensure engagement, enjoyment, and competency in each subject. Engineered using the latest in brain-based research, CompassLearning Odyssey helps determine the grade level at which each student is performing. Renzulli Learning, developed by gifted and talented pioneers Drs. Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis, uses data from the Renzulli Profiler™ to ensure individuals receive instruction tailored to their learning styles, preferred expression styles, and interests.
With data from the assessments, these products assign each student both auto-generated, prescribed learning paths and engaging enrichment activities that address the specific needs of the whole student. This is of particular importance to gifted and talented students, who find themselves bored when not appropriately challenged by academically and personally relevant content.
To scale with the student, the CompassLearning Odyssey K–12 curriculum spirals to continually and automatically challenge students, taking them beyond grade level as appropriate. Honors and AP courses are also part of the Odyssey standards-aligned curriculum.
21ST CENTURY SKILLS ARE SYNTHESIZED WITH THE ODYSSEY CURRICULUM
Students will also develop critical thinking, analysis, personal, and technological skills necessary to succeed in the classroom and beyond. This includes:
- 21st century interdisciplinary themes: Global awareness, financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy, civil literacy, health literacy, and environmental literacy
- Learning and innovation skills: Creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, and contextual learning
- Information, media, and technology skills: Using technology tools to communicate and learn
- Life and career skills: Ethics, productivity, social and personal responsibility, self-direction, and people skills
With Compass Learning’s multi-dimensional assessment and prescribed personalized learning paths, teachers can address the needs of each and every student in the classroom, including gifted and talented, and high-achieving students.
1 www.nagc.org/WhatisGiftedness.aspx, February 6, 2011.