Gifted & Talented / Advanced Academics
WISD is dedicated to providing the most appropriate educational services for gifted and advanced students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Elementary GT Students
Elementary cluster classroom teachers will follow the WISD curriculum guides to ensure continuity between remote and in-person instruction. Teachers will differentiate instruction for gifted and advanced students by incorporating critical and creative thinking through Sandra Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity Model.
The week of September 21, 2020, district gifted and talented enrichment teachers will begin serving both in-person and remote learners during regularly scheduled enrichment pull-out time. Enrichment services will be 100% virtual and will include 90 minutes of asynchronous and 90 minutes of synchronous learning while remaining in their regular classroom or being monitored by additional campus staff in an alternate location on campus. Remote instruction for GT students will be provided in much the same way as on campus instruction and will include the following:
- Students will receive services through differentiated instruction in the GT cluster classrooms in addition to GT Enrichment Pullout. These services will continue for both in-person and remote instruction.
- Synchronous and asynchronous learning activities will be provided for students through the Seesaw LMS platform. Zoom video conferencing will also be used to schedule synchronous small group instruction.
- GT enrichment teachers will continue to provide pullout services for students who are learning remotely. Students will benefit from 90 minutes of small group synchronous instruction, 90 minutes of asynchronous activities, and instruction provided by the classroom teacher. Enrichment teachers will work with students and provide support for independent research.
- Enrichment teachers will work with campuses to schedule instruction.
- Enrichment teachers will use Seesaw to house activities for small groups. Parents will be invited to view their student's lessons on Seesaw in the same way the classroom teacher invited them.
Advanced Placement & Pre-Advanced Courses
Students will access the Canvas LMS platform for lessons and assignments. Canvas facilitates teacher-student communication by providing a platform for sharing content lessons, assignments, and tracking student progress. Parents and guardians can view their student's courses by creating a Canvas Observer account linked to their student's account. Directions can be found by clicking on this link: Steps for Canvas Parent Connect
- WISD teachers will use the College Board’s Course Guide and Exam Pages to provide support for remote learners. AP courses will be offered through asynchronous and synchronous instruction.
- AP teachers will use the AP Classroom resources and College Board’s recommended sequencing, pacing, skills, and assessments. This online platform allows AP teachers to provide students with practice and feedback on every topic and skill tested on an AP Exam.
- AP teachers and students can access AP Classroom from any phone, tablet, or computer with an internet connection – using their College Board usernames and passwords.
- The College Board also offers additional support for students with free AP Courses through YouTube.
- All AP teachers will provide multiple remedial practice opportunities and enhanced learning throughout the fall and spring semesters.
- AP teachers will utilize a flipped classroom method when applicable and provide a virtual library of resources for students to use to enhance knowledge of the content. These resource libraries will be shared with students during the first 6-weeks of school.
Pre- Advanced Placement teachers will follow the WISD curriculum guides to ensure continuity between remote and in-person instruction.
- Teachers will enhance instruction in the Pre-Advanced courses by incorporating AP strategies and Sandra Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity Model.
Dual credit courses will continue according to guidelines and schedules set by MCC and TSTC. Students will be provided with the technology needed to complete coursework.