Dr. Nancy Hertzog, University of Washington Professor, continues her partnership with Northshore School District! In both August and September, Dr. Hertzog planned and facilitated a full day of professional development for teachers, K-12, of advanced learners. Dr. Hertzog’s session focused on meeting the needs of gifted learners, mindful of strategies that not only support learning styles of those students already identified, but also those students who demonstrate exceptional achievement and have yet to be identified. To that end, Dr. Hertzog focused on structuring challenge through inquiry, choice and representation. Creating a classroom environment that involves interactions, social/emotional development, risk taking and equitable access to all learners.
Meeting the Needs of Highly Capable learners with Dr. Nancy Hertzog
March 10, 2023
Elementary Advanced Program services at four elementary schools to support student enrollment growth and provide neighborhood service delivery
In response to an increase in enrollment due to construction infill and program growth, beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, the Northshore School District plans to provide highly capable services to students at Frank Love, Arrowhead, East Ridge and Westhill in grades 2 and 3 while continuing to provide legacy students services in their current locations (Lockwood, Moorlands, Sunrise, and Canyon Creek respectively) for highly capable services in grades 4 and 5. The following year (2024-2025), the programs will grow their services by one year until they provide services in grades 2 through 5 for all their neighborhood students.
We will provide professional development for staff at our new locations as well as support throughout the school year as they work to begin EAP services for students. We are excited to be able to work to serve more of our students at their neighborhood schools.
Transportation will continue for students through grade 5. Younger siblings, however, whether receiving services or not, will need to enter their neighborhood school unless they go through the District waiver process and provide their own transportation.
Families of newly qualified students entering in grades 4 and 5 who qualify for highly capable services will need to decide if they would like services delivered in their neighborhood school in a general education setting or in an Elementary Advanced Program (EAP) setting. Service delivery may differ depending on the site.
Families who may have students in both settings (a second grader and a fourth grader) and both qualify for highly capable services may apply for a waiver into the EAP school where the fourth grader attends. The waiver will be approved on a space available basis with our student services department.