2016-2017 School Year
The Mission of the Roxbury Schools Gifted and Talented Program
Specifically, the Roxbury School District aims to:
Expose all Kindergarten - 2nd grade students to rigorous age appropriate STEAM instruction that leads to higher level thinking experiences.
Identify 3rd through 6th grade students who possess gifts and talents related to Core Content Areas to maximize their learning potential.
This Gifted and Talented program for Kindergarten - Grade 6 will give students opportunities to expand upon the foundations provided within the classroom and to grow into lifelong scholars by encouraging the development of their own intrinsic motivation to become active model citizens of our society.
The Philosophy of the Roxbury Schools Gifted and Talented Program
The Roxbury School District believes that all students are entitled to a productive and equitable learning environment, where identified gifted and talented learners are challenged beyond the foundations already created in classroom settings. The program’s foundation is based upon the 2010 K-12 Gifted Programming Standards by the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) and Policy 2464 from the Roxbury Township Board of Education.
In keeping with Policy 2464:
Gifted and talented students are “pupils who, by virtue of outstanding abilities, require differentiated educational programs and services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their potential contributions to self and society. The capacities of such pupils may be manifested as general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creative or productive thinking, leadership ability, or artistic talent.” The Gifted and Talented Program is therefore designed to encourage students to use problem solving skills and foster real world applications across multiple subject areas.
As stated by Renzulli, an expert in gifted and talented education, “gifted behaviors take place in certain people (not all people), at certain times (not all the time), and under certain circumstances (not all circumstances)” (Renzulli, Three-Ring Conception of Giftedness, 1998). We recognize that different people can be gifted in different areas, sometimes in more than one area, and that this giftedness can be cultivated through a rigorous program. Furthermore, we are aware that “[i]n education a growing body of research indicates that the belief systems of teachers heavily influences their students’ possibilities for success” (Blankstein, Failure is Not an Option, 2004, pg 17). The Gifted and Talented program in the Roxbury School District will be an outward display of that inner belief system.
Our District embodies the belief that 3rd through 6th grade students with giftedness in core content areas and Kdg. - 2nd grade students as a whole will be empowered to become lifelong learners through this program.
The regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1) define gifted and talented students as: “Those students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modification of their educational program, if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.” The Roxbury School District Gifted and Talented students are identified using multiple measures assessed by qualified professional personnel. Our vision of outstanding abilities is determined by capabilities and motivation to achieve a high level of performance.
What is S.T.E.A.M.?
S.T.E.M. education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. S.T.E.A.M. education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts.