Gifted Education

Gifted Resource Teacher

Ms. M. Scott
757.648.4450, extension 61242
meghann.scott@vbschools.com

Twitter feed: @brandongifted

Brandon's Gifted 6th Graders Transition (video)

Mission Statement Virginia Beach City Public Schools Gifted Program

  • To challenge students with differentiated, interdisciplinary opportunities
  • To provide a flexible, innovative, curriculum that promotes self-esteem, productivity, creativity, and leadership
  • To develop individual talents, special abilities, and a commitment to excellence

Within the general school population there are many children whose educational needs are beyond the scope of the regular school program and for whom curricular modifications must be made. Gifted learners are one such group.  

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Middle School Gifted Program follows guidelines that accommodate the gifted learner. Using multiple criteria, middle school students are serviced with identities in these areas:

  • General Intellectual Aptitude: These students join others of advanced ability levels and are placed in cluster classes; cluster classes are regular and advanced classes in core areas that include English, science, social studies, and math. The cluster teachers work closely with the gifted resource teacher to differentiate content, process, product, and learning environment to meet the needs of the high-end students.
  • Dance: Middle school students identified with these special gifts attend Old Donation Center one day per week to experience studies in dance while continuing to attend their neighborhood middle school. Every effort is made to cluster these talented students together.
  • Visual Arts: Students identified with talents in the visual arts matriculate at Virginia Beach Middle School on a full-time basis. There is no pull-out program for the middle school gifted visual arts program. 

Gifted Resource Teacher: 

Each middle school is assigned a gifted resource teacher whose responsibilities include resource and leadership duties, as well as services to students. The GRT may work face-to-face with the students or collaborate with cluster teachers, other school personnel, and organizations to facilitate direct services.

The Gifted Resource Teacher has a variety of responsibilities that include being a resource for the cluster teachers and providing activities outside of the gifted cluster classroom. Student activities may be provided during lunchtimes, BMS time, and before and after school. Identified gifted students participate in these activities on a voluntary basis. The GRT also trains staff and works cooperatively with the cluster teachers in unit and lesson planning, differentiation, and/or in the classroom. The GRT is responsible for maintaining records, facilitating all gifted information and occurrences, and arranging for the screening of students for eligibility. 

Demonstration teaching, collegial sharing, collaborative planning, peer coaching, and providing staff development opportunities create the essential link of the gifted resource teacher to the cluster teachers. Communicating the needs of gifted learners, as well as the choices available to these students, is an integral function of the gifted resource teacher. 

Mrs. Meghann Scott is the Gifted Resource Teacher at Brandon Middle School. If you have any questions about the gifted program at BMS, you may email her (most efficient) at mmscott@vbschools.com  or call her at (757)-648-4450.  You can also follow Brandon’s Gifted Program on Twitter @BrandonGifted and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrandonMSGifted.

Referrals and Screenings

Application Process for Gifted Eligibility: 
Applications for gifted identification are located online. Please visit: https://giftedapplication.vbcps.com to learn more about the program and complete the Parent Information Form. Once this form has been submitted, your child’s name will be added to the list of students to be tested by an assessment specialist from the Gifted Education Testing Office. Any questions regarding the referral process or test results should be directed to an assessment specialist at 263-6870.
Students may be considered for any gifted program through referral by parents, guidance counselors, administrators, teachers, students, and self. Eligibility is based on multiple criteria that varies somewhat as to its gifted identification. Please click on the following link to find out more about the referral/application process:  http://www.vbschools.com/curriculum/gifted/index.asp.

Application deadlines for 2017-18 school year will be by 4 pm on November 13 for any student grades 6 – 8, February 1 for Old Donation School, Visual Arts, and Dance applicants – grades 6-7; and May 1 for any student grades 6 – 8.  There is an online application that must be completed by the parent and can be found at https://giftedapplication.vbcps.com. Parents or guardians will be notified by email of the testing results.
Important Login Information for the online Gifted Application:
The user ID for the applications is the student's number (what they use for lunches) and the password is the student's VBCPS network password they use to logon a school computer.

Gifted screening dates for the upcoming school year:

*First Semester Screening (any student not already identified as academically gifted) – Tuesday, January 9, 2017

*Old Donation School Screening – Thursday, March 8, 2017

*Second Semester Screening (any student not already identified as academically gifted) – Monday, May 8, 2017
A few days prior to testing, students will be reminded and informed of where they should report on the day of screening. The Gifted Identification Committee will meet within a few weeks of screening and parents will be informed via email if their child has been identified.

Resources: 

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Gifted Programs http://www.vbschools.com/curriculum/gifted/index.asp 

National Association for Gifted Children
http://www.nagc.org/  

Virginia Association for the Gifted
http://www.vagifted.org/  

College of William and Mary Center for Gifted Education
http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/
Neag Center for Gifted and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut
www.gifted.uconn.edu/
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
www.cty.jhu.edu 

Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners
http://sengifted.org/

Community Advisory Committee for Gifted Education (CAC)

The purpose of the gifted education community advisory committee is to advise the School Board of the educational needs of all gifted students in the school division. The duties and responsibilities of the gifted education community advisory committee are to:

  • Annually review the local plan for the education of gifted students, including revisions;
  • Determine the extent to which the local plan for the previous year was implemented;
  • Develop annual goals and priorities;
  • Represent the community;
  • Encourage a collaborative relationship between school division staff and the community;
  • Become knowledgeable about current programs, research, and best practices in gifted education and its relationship with general education;
  • Focus attention on issues relative to improving the educational services for gifted students; and
  • Submit recommendations of the advisory committee in writing to the Superintendent and the School Board.

For information about serving on the committee or about committee meeting dates, times and location, please contact the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children at 757.263.1188, or Ryan Luzak, CAC Chairperson, at ryanluzak@gmail.com.

To view the new five year plan for gifted education, click here.