CSIP (Continuous School Improvement Plans)
The new year's CSIP drafts are out at: http://garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=15987
Supposedly all schools are required to have a section on Advanced Learners although a casual glance at a few shows this to not be the case yet. I view this as an opportunity, however. If there is something concrete you'd really like changed at your site this might be the time to band together and lobby to have it included in the plan for the next year.
This update was just sent out to hopefully to everyone involved in testing:
If you would like your child to participate in Advanced Learning programs or services in a school other than your attendance-area school, you should enroll the child during Open Enrollment, Feb. 17 to March 1. Even if you have NOT received eligibility results by this time, or if you are appealing, please submit a School Choice Form during this window, anyway. Find guidance on our Advanced Learning Enrollment page.
Ineligible Students and Appeals
If you receive an email stating your student is NOT eligible this year, you may appeal within a limited time. Important: All appeals documents must be received by the Advanced Learning office no later than THREE WEEKS from the date of the email. (We have tightened the appeals window in order to accommodate budget and staffing timelines.) Find guidance on our Advanced Learning Appeals page.
· Families who are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch may request free appeals testing.
· Please submit a School Choice form during the Open Enrollment window, even if your appeal is in process.
Eligible Students and Enrollment
Highly Capable-eligible students: HC services are guaranteed, either at your attendance-area school or through self-contained classes in your pathway Highly Capable Cohort school. For your child to join the cohort, you should submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment.
Advanced Learning-eligible students: Your student may receive advanced work at your attendance-area school or through self-contained or cluster-grouped Spectrum classes, available at designated sites on a space-available basis. You may submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment, but a seat is not guaranteed.
Find guidance on our Advanced Learning Enrollment page.
Note that testing for grades K-8 continues at least through January for students referred by the Oct. 8 deadline. If you have not received a testing appointment by Jan. 6, please email email@example.com with the subject line “Winter Testing.”
To learn more and to find answers to specific questions about Advanced Learning in Seattle Public Schools, please see our Advanced Learning pages: http://www.seattleschools.org/students/academics/advanced_learning/
Stephen Martin, Advanced Learning Supervisor"
- The next HCS Advisory Meeting is this Tuesday 1/5 at JAMS at 6:30 in the library.
- Gifted Ed Day isStarts in the Columbia Room
Legislative Building (Lower Level)
The Coalition is getting ready for Gifted Education Day on January 29, 2016.
The Governor's proposed supplemental budget released on Dec. 17th actually slightly decreases HCP funding even though OSPI recommended an increase of nearly $2.5 million.
We need to increase our support in the Legislature for full funding of HCP. Please plan to join other advocates in Olympia on . In view of the "no change" budget proposed by the Governor, our hopes lie with Legislators and the Court.
Here is our Handbook for the Day, containing background information on why the Highly Capable Program is entitled to full funding from the state as well as practical information for coming to Olympia.
The basic idea of Gifted Ed Day is to meet in the Columbia Room at for a presentation, get a green scarf to identify you with our group, then split up to visit your district legislators individually or in groups. Be ready to tell your representatives why Gifted Ed is important to your family, and ask them to support HCP budget increases in this legislative session. Bringing kids is great, and well received, as is groups of people advocating together. Legislators respond when they hear from voters in their district.
If you plan to go to Olympia for Gifted Ed Day, NOW is the time to make appointments that day with your legislators. Find your legislators here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/
If you have a question that isn't covered in the Handbook, please contact The Coalition for Gifted Education firstname.lastname@example.org
Some recent articles I've read on the subject of gifted education.
What's on your minds?