ALP 10/21 BOE Presentation
Advanced Learning Program
The purpose of Advanced Studies in Greenwich Public Schools is to provide appropriate learning experiences and intellectual challenge that result in continuous academic growth.
Meet our 2021-2022 Advanced Learning Leadership Team
Contact us all: AdvancedLearning@greenwich.k12.ct.us
The purpose of the Placement Process is not to determine if a student is “gifted” or “not gifted.” Rather, the purpose of the placement process is to identify specific academic student needs and match learners with appropriate supplementary services. This three step process includes Tiered Referral, Evaluation, and Placement.
- Evaluation and Body of Evidence
- Placement and Review Team
- Grade by Grade Timelines
Step 1: The Referral Phase begins with screening. Screening is the process of reviewing current grade level data about each child to determine if a student should be referred for further assessment for possible placement in the Advanced Learning Program. The screening process includes: a review of current performance data, grade level standardized tests, and observational data using checklists based on gifted characteristics. Referrals (sometimes called Nominations) is the direct procedure that enters a student into the Evaluation Phase. In addition to referrals initiated by teachers, parents are able to provide input as well.
Step 2: In the Evaluation Phase GPS uses a multifaceted placement scheme to identify not only students who are already high achieving in the domain but also those with potential but underdeveloped achievement.
Multifaceted placement scheme includes:
Age Normed measures of aptitude for reasoning in each of the domains for which services will be provided (for example, verbal reasoning scores considered for placement into language arts services and quantitative reasoning scores for placement into mathematics). (Cognitive Ability Tests)
Grade Normed measures of achievement in each domain for which advanced services will be provided. (Achievement Assessments).
Criterion Normed measures that add descriptive information about students’ performance or potential in the domains for which services are provided. (Performance Tasks)
Step 3: In the Placement Phase the Building Advisory Committee (BAC), consisting of the ALP teacher(s), classroom teachers, a building administrator, and the ALP facilitator, conducts a comprehensive review of each child’s record and performance during the evaluation in order to make final placement decisions. All selection decisions reflect the best professional judgment of the committee to determine the best way to meet each child’s individual needs.
The Advanced Learning Program (ALP) begins in all Greenwich Public Schools during grade 2. ALP offers advanced curriculum, alternative methods of teaching, and student challenges in the areas of math, language arts, and science.
Assessment Windows for 2021-2022:
November 14, 2021 to December 15, 2021 (for January 2022 Placement)
April - May, 2022 (for September 2022 placement in Grade 3 Classes)
2021-2022 information is forth coming.
Parents of students entering grades six through eight who choose to have their child participate in testing for placement in ALP or Advanced Level Language Arts, or Math classes should complete the form available online at https://forms.gle/
To accommodate vacation schedules parents may choose to have their children take the tests on July 14 or August 18 or 19, 2021. The registration deadline for the July test is July 12 and the deadline for the August test dates is August 16.
Participation in a gifted program in another school district does not automatically qualify a student for placement in ALP courses in Greenwich. However, because another district’s placement process may give us enough information to make a placement decision, a parent should submit the relevant documentation to the district ALP office.
Parents have two weeks from notification of a placement to appeal.
Math placement questions/appeals contact Mike Reid at email@example.com
Science placement questions/appeals contact Tara Fogel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Language Arts/Humanities placement questions/ appeals contact Dr. Benjamin Markus at email@example.com
ASSESSMENTS AND SCORES:
For questions regarding assessments, scoring or your child's score report contact Bonnie O'Regan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reading, Writing and Social Studies
- Middle School Seminar
- Middle School Advanced Science
The Advanced Learning Program enriches and augments the regular curriculum in order to meet the educational needs of advanced students. Differentiation of instruction occurs routinely in the regular classroom, along with opportunities for pullout for identified students.
The Advanced Learning Program uses content replacement programming model for identified students in grade 3-5 language arts and math and a content enrichment programming model in grade 2 language arts and math and grade 3-5 science.
All levels of the program share the following overarching objectives:
- Provide for cognitive development in core curriculum areas at an appropriate pace and depth.
- Develop self-understanding that encourages and fosters independent and self-directed learning.
- Develop intellectual and scholarly skills and attitude.
- Promote critical, creative and divergent thinking skills.
- Develop research skills and methods.
- Foster intellectual inquiry at all levels.
- Develop aesthetic knowledge, skills and appreciation.
Advanced students require a mathematics curriculum that not only challenges their current abilities but also pushes them into new realms of understanding. This type of differentiation is best provided through an acceleration model that allows students to demonstrate mastery of grade level standards and move through the curriculum receiving instruction at their challenge levels. The math curriculum is enriched and generally accelerated by one year. In addition to demonstrating mastery of standards, students are provided with rich problems that require the use of analytical reasoning.
Language is not just the expression; it is the essence of understanding. The curriculum framework used is the Integrated Curriculum Model designed for gifted learners by Dr. Joyce Vantassel-Baska and the College of William and Mary. This model is organized for the integration of Big Ideas, Advanced Content, and Differentiated Process & Product. The use of this model allows students to extend their understanding of language beyond the literal and inferential into the realm of evaluative analysis. The goals of the Language Arts units are to develop students' skills in literary analysis and interpretation, persuasive writing, linguistic competency, and oral communication, as well as to strengthen students' reasoning skills and understanding of the concept of change. The units engage students in exploring carefully selected, challenging works of literature from various times, cultures, and genres and they encourage students to reflect on their readings through writing and discussion.
Middle School Seminar
The seminar program is a continuum that allows reasoning models and approaches to problem solving to be revisited, practiced and refined over a three-year period. Seminar students frame their own questions, engage in research, analyze and discuss ideas, and apply what they have learned to social problems. The overarching theme for all three grades is “What does it mean to be human?”In sixth grade the focus is on evolutionary change, seventh grade on the concept of systems, and in eighth grade on public health systems.
At the end of grade 5, teacher recommendation based on qualitative and quantitative data is used for placement into the Advanced Science Pathway for grade six. This is based on a standardized rubric of teacher “look-fors” for placement in the 2022-2023 school year. The rubric includes teacher assessment of student skills as evidenced by grade 5 science performance tasks, student science notebooks, and the ability to achieve within grade level end-band markers of the eight science and engineering practices.
Placement into the Advanced Science Pathway in grades 7 and 8 is based on student academic achievement on previous pathways, historical NGSS scores, and performance on short performance assessments completed throughout the curriculum. Administrative input, cumulative grade averages, teacher recommendations, school counselors’ recommendations, and parent recommendations are also considered.
- ALP 10/21 BOE Presentation
- Grade 2: Referral and Placement
- Grade 5: Referral and Placement
- Grades 3 and 4: Referral and Placement
- Additional Information
ALP informational Meetings for the 2021-2022 School Year
Parents will be emailed Meet Links 1 week prior to informational meetings.
Grade 2: Enrichment Placement Information Sessions
Save the date! Virtual meeting to discuss placement process for Advanced Studies for Grade 2 Enrichment. More information, including links, is forthcoming. To better accommodate parent schedules, we will present the information twice. You will be invited to attend one session.
- November 3 at 6:30 PM
86208000489 or Dial 646 558 8656 and use Webinar ID: 862 0800 0489
- November 4 at 9:30 AM
82833035756 or Dial 646 558 8656 and use Webinar ID: 828 3303 575
- Note: The second grade referral period ended on Wednesday, November 10th.
No late referrals will be excepted.
Grade 5: Middle School Advanced Studies Information Sessions
This week, we held a virtual meeting to discuss the Fifth to Sixth Grade Transition Process. Middle School Counselors, Curriculum Coordinators, and Middle School Principals talked about what goes on in the spring and summer to help prepare students for the next school level. During this session, coordinators presented information regarding the placement process for Advanced Studies in Grades 6-8.
If you could not join us, we have videos of both presentations, including question and answer segments, linked below
E001 Policy Programs Services Curriculum
E001.09 Purpose of Programs and Services
E001.13 Advanced Learning Programs K-12
Those requiring special accommodations to attend these meeting should contact Robyn Byron, either by phone at 203-625-7462, or by email at email@example.com or in person at the Havemeyer Building, 290 Greenwich Avenue, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.
District PTAC Representatives
Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Building PTA Representatives
|Central Middle School||Valerie Rimmer|
|Eastern Middle School||Syed Hussein|
|Western Middle School||Colleen Sciulla|
|Cos Cob||Sasha Maloney|
|Hamilton Ave||Sonia Tembeck|
|Julian Curtiss||Pascale Sejean-Ho|
|North Mianus||Jennifer Donat|
|North Street||Wendy Collins|
|Old Greenwich||Gia Burton|
|Remote School||Irina Anguelova|