MPS Talent Development and
Advanced Learner Education
All students recognize and develop their talents as a result of enrichment and appropriately challenging learning opportunities.
• All students at all ages have relative talent strengths, and schools should help them identify, develop and understand their own special abilities.
• The development of ability or talent is a lifelong process requiring effort and support.
• Schools can and should be places for developing the talents of all students.
• Advanced learners demonstrate outstanding achievement or show potential for high levels of accomplishment relative to others of similar age, experience, and environment.
• Advanced learners have cognitive and affective needs requiring differentiated and challenging educational programs/services beyond those provided in the general education program.
• Advanced learners represent the diverse populations of our communities, and can be identified throughout their PK-12 program to provide the appropriate instruction and support for continuous growth.
• Providing opportunities for all children to develop and demonstrate advanced learning behaviors, including children from groups underrepresented in advanced programs.
• Building a profile of student strengths which can be used to document the need for differentiated curriculum and instruction.
• Identifying advanced learners for the purpose of providing appropriate instruction and support which meet these students’ unique academic and social/emotional needs.
• Building the capacity of MPS teachers, leaders and families to recognize, nurture and accelerate talent development.
• Aligning our program with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) PK-12 Gifted Program Standards.
Grades K-3: Leveled Reading, Math & Spelling Groups
Grades 4-5: Advanced Math Pathways, Independent Projects
Grades 6-8: Advanced Math Pathways, History Day, UMTYMP
See more about Level 3 & 4 Advanced Learner Services
Link to MPS Talent Development and Advanced Academics Information
2014-2015 Staff Professional Development - Talent and Development and Advanced Learner Education
Lake Harriet Community School Upper and Lower campus teachers are spending this year learning how to develop levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of service for our advanced learner students as well as how to differentiate their instruction to better meet the needs of all learners. We are doing this in partnership with the MPS Talent Development Department. Most of the staff will spend this year working in teams and will have the opportunity to receive the MPS Advanced Learner Certificate. Lake Harriet Community School’s primary emphasis in professional development this year is to increase our capacity to differentiate instruction so that all students will make a year’s growth this school year.