Elementary REACH Department
Elementary gifted specialists will meet with cluster classroom teachers once a quarter to share differentiation strategies for gifted learners. Our goal is to ensure that the needs of gifted and high-ability learners are met all day, every day. The monthly meetings will also provide time for gifted specialists and cluster classroom teachers to collaborate and communicate.
We are implementing Think Law curriculum at Keeling, Nash, Holaway, and Rio Vista as part of our school-wide enrichment model in grades K-2. This critical thinking curriculum will be paired with analogical reasoning activities and give students the opportunity to learn the habits and mindsets needed to apply critical thinking consistently. We will be implementing this curriculum district wide next year! You can find out more about Think Law here.
We are piloting a Stretch and Support program in grade 3 at Copper Creek, Harelson, Prince, Keeling, and Nash. The program utilizes critical thinking games that both stretch and support reasoning ability. We will analyze how increasing reasoning skills impact achievement data.
We are piloting an asset-based online program called Thrively this year at several of our sites. This platform allows students to learn about their strengths, discover career paths, engage in topics of interest, learn about how hopeful they are, and create a digital portfolio to share with their teacher and parents. You can learn more about Thrively here.
The Depth and Complexity Framework will be implemented in our pull-out REACH program as a way to improve the critical thinking skills of our gifted learners. More information about Depth and Complexity can be found here.
Middle School REACH Department
Our middle school Humanities class is shifting toward a gifted experience through the lens of social studies content. Gifted learners will participate in Self-Awareness Wednesdays, focusing on social and emotional issues unique to the gifted population. They will also learn more about themselves and others as gifted learners during this time.
The Depth and Complexity Framework will be implemented in our Humanities program as a way to improve the critical thinking skills of our gifted learners. More information about Depth and Complexity can be found here.
High School REACH Department
REACH Honors English 10 is a new class this year. The course is a continuation of the successful pilot of REACH English Honors 9 last year. The first and third quarters will be devoted to film as literature, focusing on Heroes and Villians: Two Sides of the Same Coin. REACH teachers will teach both REACH English Honors 9 and 10 as well as Honors Seminar and Honors Capstone. The high school REACH teachers are advocates for every identified gifted student on their campus.
The Depth and Complexity Framework will be implemented in our REACH courses as a way to improve the critical thinking skills of our gifted learners. More information about Depth and Complexity can be found here.
We are adding REACH Honors English 11 next year. The focus will be American Literature through the lens of text and film.
REACH High School Parent Student Information Night!