One of the main priorities for the Grande Prairie Public School District in 2009-2010 was to implement a Gifted Education Program.
A three-year conceptual framework was developed for a district-wide program.
This allows students, parents and teachers access to a District Lead Teacher who will offer support through consultation and professional development for teachers as well as offering a Mentorship and Challenge Pull-In Program for students from across the Grande Prairie Public School District.
There will also be opportunities for parent education and support.
What is the Gifted Education Program?
Gifted Students in the Grande Prairie Public School District have strengths and should be provided opportunities to demonstrate their highest levels of achievement. Effective educational practices provide a supportive learning environment and effective programming options to meet the diverse needs of these students.
Giftedness can take many forms. Alberta Education recognizes seven different ways an individual can be gifted: general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude (subject specific), creative thinking, artistic ability, musical ability, social ability and kinaesthetic ability.
Students can be referred to the program by their school and/or parent. Parents can refer students by contacting their school or going online to the GPPSD website for a Parent Referral Package. They can then submit these forms to their school and ask that the school forward the information along with the appropriate documentation to the assessment team.