GT Memo 6 Advanced Learning Plans

Gifted and Talented Memo 6: Advanced Learning Plans

3/14/2011

To: Parents and Guardians

From: Michelle Miller, Gifted and Talented Specialist, Denver Public Schools

An Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will be written for all formally identified Gifted and Talented and Highly Gifted and Talented students in grades K-8 who attend Denver Public Schools in compliance with Colorado House Bill 1244-07. The ALP will provide documentation of gifted education services in the student’s area(s) of strength, the student’s yearly growth, and the manner in which the child’s academic, social and emotional needs will be addressed. The ALP strength areas and goals are kept in the district’s student database and will be evaluated and updated each year.

An Advanced Learning Plan will:

· Be written for formally identified GT and HGT students
· Focus on a student’s identified academic and/or creative GT strength areas
· Provide a road map for advanced instruction and learning opportunities in the student’s identified area(s) of strength
· Be created in collaboration with parents/guardians, classroom teachers, and gifted education representatives
· Be an ongoing document, showing programming throughout the school year
· Chart the next level of learning and specific areas of study
· Provide an opportunity to dialogue with teachers about the student’s needs
· Establish guidelines for advanced growth within the parameters of a public school setting
· Address social/emotional needs of GT and HGT learners

An Advanced Learning Plan will not:

· Be written for students who are not formally identified as GT or HGT
· Be written for a student who scored within the 90th percentile or above on the Raven’s test unless the student is formally GT or HGT identified
· Focus on a student’s academic weaknesses or areas of needed improvement
· Be a deficit model plan
· Be static and/or rigid from year to year