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ERIC Number: ED504153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching and Teaching: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Identifying and Educating Gifted Students in West Virginia
West Virginia Department of Education
This guidebook has been written to provide direction, guidance and resources for classroom teachers, gifted facilitators, related services staff and administrators so that educators might better serve the gifts of all students. This user-friendly manual is a complement to "Policy 2419: Regulations for the Education of Exceptional Students." Together, the documents can be used to ensure that students demonstrating giftedness receive appropriate services. The information in the manual has been compiled to follow the steps delineated in Policy 2419 for conducting child-find activities and appropriately serving students with extraordinary abilities who demonstrate the need for specially designed instruction. This process begins with general education interventions and continues through initial evaluation, developing an effective IEP and determining services and delivery model to meet the student's documented needs. Gifted children in West Virginia are served through Special Education and identified in state regulations as "Exceptional." The manual will refer to legal foundations regarding West Virginia's implementation of the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 97). Parents of gifted learners in West Virginia have a right to expect that schools will fulfill the promise made that children will have consistent and daily opportunities for challenging learning experiences and will demonstrate continuous forward progress in their learning. This manual is an effort to help schools design educational opportunities that will keep that promise for advanced learners. Research-based concepts presented in this manual can set the stage to allow children in West Virginia to demonstrate their gifted behaviors. Contents include: (1) Introduction; (2) Identification Process At A Glance; (3) Rationale; (4) Excerpt from Policy 2419; (5) Pre-Referral Strategies; (6) Gifted Behaviors; (7) Historically Underrepresented Population; (8) Bright Or Gifted?; (9) Student Assistance Team; (10) Commonly Used Assessment Instruments; (11) Determining Eligibility; (12) The Diversity of the Gifted; (13) Special Considerations; (14) Gifted Underachievers; (15) Twice Exceptional Students; (16) Specially Designed Instruction; (17) The IEP Team; (18) PLEPs; (19) Measurable Annual Goals; (20) Short-Term Objectives; (21) Continuum of Services; (22) Eighth-Grade Re-Evaluation and Four-Year Plan; and (23) Exceptional Gifted. (Contains 12 charts.)
West Virginia Department of Education. 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305. Tel: 304-558-3660; Fax: 304-558-0198; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act