Gifted & Talented

Kodiak Island Borough School District recognizes the need for and the benefits of gifted education programs.  Of special interest are the documented benefits that occur for all children when gifted education strategies and programs are extended to other students, as well.  Our Gifted & Talented Program is a tide that lifts all boats.   

Please click on a link below for more information on the research-based evidence supporting the distinctive method or methods listed below. 

  • Gifted Programs are Needed
    Gifted and talented students and those with high abilities need gifted education programs that will challenge them in regular classroom settings and enrichment and accelerated programs to enable them to make continuous progress in school. Read more about why gifted education programs are needed. 

  • Acceleration
    Educational acceleration is one of the cornerstones of exemplary gifted education practices, with more research supporting this intervention than any other in the literature on gifted individuals. The practice of educational acceleration has long been used to match high-level students’ general abilities and specific talents with optimal learning opportunities. Read more about acceleration.

  • Curriculum Compacting
    This important instructional strategy condenses, modifies, or streamlines the regular curriculum to reduce repetition of previously mastered material. “Compacting” what students already know allows time for acceleration or enrichment beyond the basic curriculum for students who would otherwise be simply practicing what they already know. Read more about curriculum compacting. 

  • Grouping
    The practice of grouping, or placing students with similar abilities and/or performance together for instruction, has been shown to positively impact student learning gains. Grouping gifted children together allows for more appropriate, rapid, and advanced instruction, which matches the rapidly developing skills and capabilities of gifted students. Read more about grouping.

  • Pull-Out and Other Specialized Programs
    Programming options for gifted and talented students occur in a variety of ways, and research demonstrates the effectiveness of pull-out programs, specialized classes, and other special programs and schools and the curriculum these services use in raising student achievement. Read more about pull-out and specialized programs.

  • Teacher Training
    Teachers who know how gifted students learn and are well trained in gifted education strategies are critical to high-level gifted programs; however, most gifted students spend their school days in the regular classroom. Providing basic training for all teachers on recognizing and serving advanced students helps identify and more appropriately educate those students in the regular classroom. Read more about why teacher gifted training is important for all teachers.

  • Parent Support
    Communication with parents of gifted and talented children can greatly impact the experience that their child has in school.  We work hard to communicate effectively, rely on parental feedback to improve our programs over time.  We also want to support our parents in recognizing that gifted and talented students may have needs that other children do not.  Read more about some resources that are available to you.   

(Adapted from NAGC resources) 

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Damon Hargraves

Gifted & Talented Director

John Malloy

Elementary Gifted & Talented Facilitator

Rena Rankin

Secondary Gifted & Talented Facilitator