Terry Bradley, M.A. FHS Talented and Gifted Advisor
TAG DISCUSSION GROUPS
Wednesday Block Lunch, 10-12th grades, room 853
Thursday Block Lunch, 9th grade, room 853
WHAT IS TAG?
Students at Fairview High School are fortunate to have a wide variety of challenging and enriching classes and activities from which to choose. Students can self-select classes at levels that reflect their abilities and interests. As a result, TAG students typically find a good match for their abilities in the AP, IB, Honors, and College Track classes that are offered. Some TAG students are not gifted in academic areas but, rather, in fine arts, sports, and/or leadership. Some students are gifted in a combination of these areas. There are a wide variety of these opportunities also available at Fairview. Additionally, some TAG students are gifted along with having a disability. These Twice Exceptional students may be working with the Special Ed staff in some areas, while taking high level classes in other areas.
WHAT I DO
My role at Fairview is to be available to the administration, counseling staff, teachers, parents, and students to advise and support TAG and high ability students. My expertise is in dealing with social and emotional issues that may arise as a result of school issues, family issues, friendship issues, or physical issues. These issues may affect a student's ability to thrive and achieve as well as they feel they should.
I facilitate student discussion groups at the school. Community presentations from gifted experts are scheduled in our district so FHS parents can more easily access the information. I meet with students during the school day on an "as needed" basis, and keep up with TAG students who are underachieving in school. I meet regularly with IB students in their Theory of Knowledge class junior and senior years. I am always available and interested in meeting with parents and students if I can provide support. Please let me know if I can be of help to you and/or your child.
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS
BVGT—Boulder Valley Gifted & Talented
CAGT—Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented
SENG—Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Click here to view some books and links recommended by Ms. Bradley
Published articles by Ms. Bradley:
- Chill Out
- More Than A Brain
- Nurturing Affective Growth Through Discussion Groups, Understanding Our Gifted (2009)
- Terry also co-authored a chapter titled "Discussion Groups as a Component of Affective Curriculum for Gifted Students" in Social-Emotional Curriculum With Gifted and Talented Students. (Prufrock Press, 2009)
ALP and ICAP – A Blending of Two Plans to Meet TAG Student Needs
TAG Students who have attended BVSD middle schools will come to FHS with an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). The ALP is a record of programming options and academic or talent goals that support the student’s strength area(s) and affective or behavioral development. This ALP continues with the student in high school and these goals will continue to be explored and monitored through the Individual Career and Academic Plan program (ICAP). Essentially, the ALP and the ICAP will be blended at the secondary level.
Development of the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) begins in middle school then continues throughout high school. These plans are designed to assist students and their parents or guardians in exploring postsecondary career and educational opportunities available to students, aligning course work and curriculum, applying to postsecondary education institutions, securing financial aid and ultimately entering the workforce.
Based on their ICAPS, learning styles, personal interests and passions, students will be encouraged and permitted to choose classes in a variety of academic settings. As students advance from ninth grade to tenth grade and beyond, they have flexibility within their scheduling choices and will be able to tailor their individual learning experiences. FHS offers a wide variety of curricular options in all academic areas from honors-level coursework (IB and AP) to college concurrent courses. These options appeal to TAG students who are looking for flexibility, rigorous instruction, and opportunities to explore a variety of academic areas while still meeting graduation requirements.
DISTRICT LEVEL TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAMMING
BVSD schools provide programming for Talented and Gifted (TAG) students based on their identified needs and in accordance with district identification policy, which is based on a body of evidence. Student may be identified as talented and gifted in one or more of the following areas:
- General or specific intellectual ability
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership abilities
- Visual arts, performing arts,musical or psychomotor abilities
Schools follow the BVSD Acceleration policy when making decisions about subject or grade level acceleration for students. Some highly advanced gifted children may enter kindergarten or first grade early through the BVSD Early Access policy.
The classroom teacher is the primary provider of advanced academic services to students. Programming is documented in the student's Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) or, at the secondary level, (ICAP). Programming may include academic, enrichment, and affective (social emotional) supports and extensions.
BVSD sponsors four district-wide enrichment activities. These are open to students whether they are identified as talented and gifted or not.
Corden Pharma Regional Science Fair (grades 6-12)
DestInation Imagination (grades K-12)
National History Day (grades 6-12)
District Literary Magazine (grades K-12)
The BVSD Advanced Academic Services office supports schools and stakeholders, offers professional development, and oversees school based programming. A wealth of information is available on the BVSD TAG webpage.
For additional information, please contact the BVSD Office of Advanced Academic Services or join the BVSD TAG Listserv -an email list open to all who are interested which provides information about opportunities for children and parents in the local area. The Listserv also published the Gray Matters Newsletter, and posts information about interesting events that may be of interest to students and their parent/guardians. To subscribe to the low-medium volume list, email [email protected] with your request.