Randolph Gifted

Clark
Kermit

 

Douglas Clarke

Email: douglas.clarke@apsva.us 

twitter: @randolphthinks

 

Andrew Webb
Becker

 

Andrew Webb

Email: amdrew.webb@apsva.us

twitter: @apsyoungscholar

 

 

The Gifted Services Program fully supports Randolph’s instructional plan, helping to emphasize the focus on personalizing instruction for the individual student. Students are encouraged to use their creativity and expand their body of knowledge using many different styles of learning.The goals of Gifted Services include the following:

  • Identify students in grades K-12 in Specific Academic Aptitude(s) and Visual/Performing Arts Aptitude
  • Provide appropriate differentiated services based on information provided in the identification process to meet the identified student’s unique learning needs
  • Train teachers and other professional educators who instruct gifted students in learning characteristics and behaviors of gifted children and differentiation of content, skills, activities, and product development
  • Encourage involvement of parents and the community-at-large in the educational program of gifted students

The Office of Gifted Services complies with Virginia Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students based on the following concepts:

  • Giftedness is developmental; it is potential which must be nourished
  • Giftedness is a collection of behaviors which are interactive and dynamic
  • Gifted students share some characteristics with all other children
  • There is variability among the gifted

Mr. Clarke and Mr. Webb provide support for classroom teachers in differentiating the curriculum. Sometimes lessons are planned so that they are able to work with the whole group by co-teaching in the classroom or by modeling strategies for differentiated instruction, and sometimes they work with small groups of gifted and highly able students during pull-out sessions.This year, Mr. Clarke and Mr. Webb will be beginning the Young Scholars Model of Talent Development to Randolph. Young Scholars is designed to find and nurture advanced academic potential in students from historically underrepresented populations. Curricular interventions and support are provided through the collaboration of the classroom teacher and the advanced academic resource teacher. As students progress through elementary and secondary school, continuing support and opportunities for accessing rigorous coursework are provided by school staff.