When it comes to defining “gifted/talented,” we adhere to the following definition: “gifted and talented students” means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who: (1) exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; (2) possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or (3) excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code 29.121)
(ALPHA) is the name of the gifted/talented program in the Northside Independent School District. It is based upon the work of Dr. Joseph Renzulli's concept of "giftedness," which addresses the student's intellectual ability, creativity, and task commitment. Northside Independent School District (Northside ISD) recognizes that all students are entitled to a program of educational experiences which provide opportunities to maximize the development of their capabilities. Parents, community members, and staff are encouraged to be involved in the Gifted/Talented & Enrichment Advisory Council (GTEAC), which meets throughout the school year. It is a wonderful way to contribute to public education and support high ability students. We invite you to attend our meetings and join efforts in helping to advocate for the needs of bright students.
Gifted/Enrichment Program Goals
- To provide an enrichment program to stimulate the talents of gifted students;
- To guide students to develop a healthy self-concept and to acquire complex skills for collaborative conflict resolution and teamwork.
- To implement the principles of divergent thinking and foster the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation;
- To promote creative problem solving for real world issues;
- To provide opportunities for self-directed learning and assessment;
- To arrange experiences which promote the ongoing development of task commitment;
- To encourage an attitude of responsibility and service to others;
- To promote a global perspective and a respect for cultural differences and similarities;
- To provide an atmosphere in which students can interact with their intellectual peers and with outstanding adults;
- To assist students in making career choices which help them in becoming productive, well-rounded citizens; to think not only of what is, but also of what might be.
Do you want to know more about NISD's Gifted and Talented Program? Tune in for a informational session with Ms. Benavidez. She will discuss the 6 profiles of giftedness and explain the process of referring and identifying a student for NISD's GT program.
Visit our district website for more information.