Elizabeth Weise

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A San Francisco School board member on the future of GATE

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Most parents I know in San Francisco say there really isn’t GATE in SFUSD. And there is far less differentiation than their children want, and SFUSD says it provides. Here’s a column by SFUSD School Board Member Rachel Norton on it.

So let’s talk about GATE . . .

GATE is the acronym that stands for Gifted and Talented Education. It’s established by the state of California, which has posted what looks to be a pretty comprehensive history of educational programs and requirements for students who are academically gifted.  I’m not going to go into all that, and instead mostly confine this discussion to San Francisco Unified and where we find ourselves today.

Here is what the research, as I understand it, says: fewer than five percent (most say two to three percent) of the population is truly gifted–meaning they are Einsteins or Mozarts or similarly brilliant artists, thinkers or theorists. That two to five percent absolutely need differentiated instruction and academic supports tailored to their needs, just as the 10 percent of students identified as having a disability absolutely need differentiated instruction and academic supports tailored to their needs to derive a benefit from their education. For the academically gifted, those supports could include: individualized learning plans, more challenging material, a faster pace, and less structure.

Please read more here.

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Written by Elizabeth Weise

November 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm

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