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Meeting 4 Dec 2012

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Clustering PLC

Meeting 4-- Gifted & Talented clusters and strategies

December 17, 2012, 2:15-3:35

SSHS’s Vision: Utilizing the best teaching practices, we will ensure that our students have the essential academic, ethical and workplace skills and knowledge to be successful in an ever-changing world.


Goals for PLC

  • Identify, utilize and share pre- and post- assessment tools in order to gauge what students know and can do.

  • Provide targeted, differentiation strategies to use with our ELL and GT clusters in the American Studies and English 9 classrooms.

  • Use common language to use when discussing and making decisions around clusters, differentiated instruction, and other aspects of our courses.



  1. Debrief on strategies (2:20-2:40)

Assignments from last time (November 3)

  1. With your partner, design a lesson using one at least one of the strategies discussed in the readings. For the next meeting bring…

    1. Student work samples from clustered students

    2. Student work samples from non-clustered students

  2. What strategy did you try? What successes and struggles did you encounter? What might you do differently next time?


  1. Gifted & Talented Conference

    1. Trends and programs in GT right now—Monica (2:40- 3:00)

      1. Independent studies

      2. Research class

      3. Social-Emotional needs of students

      4. Inquiry learning

      5. Creative & Critical Thinking

      6. Delivery, hooks

      7. Where to access recorded sessions from conference

    2. Tools for approaching reading and writing—Jill (3:00-3:10)

      1. How to approach the readings and journal design (“Read like an engineer,” “Read like a Researcher,” etc.)

      2. The Musts of a Differentiated Classroom”

    3. Learning Contracts—Jenny (3:10- 3:20)

    4. Spiritual Intelligence—Jenny (3:20-3:25)

    5. Using the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts with Gifted and Advance Learners (book)—Meghan (3:25- 3:30)

    6. Problem-Based Learning—Meghan (3:30-3:25)



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