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Jaci Racano
Gifted Consultative Teacher

[email protected] | http://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/racano-j/ 

Pedro Menendez High School: 904-547-8687  * To leave a voicemail, please dial 547-4123

Murray Middle School: 904-547-8470

Hartley Elementary School: 904-547-8400

K-12 Documentation & Processes

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Gifted Services
Gifted services are designed to support students in setting and pursuing personal, academic and career goals. These services will assist students in developing the understanding and skills necessary to successfully lead or participate in groups as they set and achieve personal and individual/group goals. Services are provided at each of the high schools.

Options Offered at High Schools to Meet the Needs of Gifted Students
These may include but are not limited to:

• Consultative Services
• Advanced Academic Programs
• Dual Enrollment
• Academies
• Creative Opportunities
• Extra-curricular Activities

Emphasis will be placed on the following skills as individually appropriate:
Results of Student and Parent Surveys and discussions with students and parents will aid in determining emphasis for students.

• Effective Decision Making/Setting Priorities
• Goal Setting/Problem Solving
• College and Career Exploration
• Effective Leadership
• Study Skills/Test Taking Strategies
• Time Management/Organizational Skills
• Stress Management
• Procrastination/Perfectionism
• Underachievement
• Mindset Discussions

Helen DiMare Program Specialist for Gifted Services

Identification of Gifted Students
Information for St. Johns County School District personnel and parents regarding identification of gifted students can be found on the District website under Departments, Academic Services, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Gifted Services (http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/depts/ese/gifted/).

Educational Plans will be Developed
Educational Plans (EPs) are written for every identified gifted student. Plans describe the goals and services to be provided for the gifted student. Plans are written for three year periods in grades K-8 and four year periods in grades 9-12. Progression plans are written at the end of elementary school and middle school. Gifted students who also have other exceptionalities will have IEPs which are updated annually.

Consultation Service Delivery Model 

Definition
In the consultation service delivery model, teachers of the gifted and general education teachers ensure that the gifted student succeeds in accomplishing their gifted goals as outlined in their Educational Plan (EP) while taking classes in general education classrooms. The teachers regularly plan, implement, and monitor instructional alternatives that aid the student in achieving this success throughout their high school years. Although the EP states a guideline for student-teacher contact time each month, the exact level of support may be increased based on the needs of individual students.

Requirements
The teacher providing consultative support to gifted students is required to have certification with Gifted Endorsement. In addition, they are required to maintain records of services they provide to gifted students and teachers. Support services to students may be indirectly given through their general education teachers or directly provided through seminars, workshops, speakers, or individual and group meetings.

Program Design Includes:
• Student consultation with a Gifted teacher
• Small group meetings as appropriate
• Seminars as appropriate based on students’ interests and needs
• Gifted teacher consultation with regular classroom teachers, guidance counselors and students to monitor progress toward their Educational Plan (EP) goals
• Gifted teacher collaboration with school personnel in order to communicate events, college visits, and scholarship opportunities and other information of interest to gifted students. The gifted teacher will host and maintain an online forum focused on items of interest to gifted students
• Gifted teacher’s communication of times that he/she is available for student access. Students will follow the school policies for securing permission to leave a classroom for activities and interaction with the consulting gifted teacher

Options Offered at Elementary and Middle Schools to Meet the Needs of Gifted Students
These may include but are not limited to:

• Consultative Services
• Advanced Academic Programs
• Blended Classes
• Creative Opportunities
• Extra-curricular Activities

Emphasis will be placed on the following skills as individually appropriate:

• Effective Decision Making/Setting Priorities
• Goal Setting/Problem Solving
• Effective Leadership
• Study Skills/Test Taking Strategies
• Time Management/Organizational Skills
• Stress Management
• Procrastination/Perfectionism
• Underachievement

Educational Plans will be Developed
Educational Plans (EPs) are written for every identified gifted student. Plans describe the goals and services to be provided for the gifted student. Plans are written for three year periods in grades K-8 and four year periods in grades 9-12. Progression plans are written at the end of elementary school and middle school. Gifted students who also have other exceptionalities will have IEPs which are updated annually.
Requirements
The teacher providing support to gifted students is required to have certification with Gifted Endorsement. In addition, they are required to maintain records of services they provide to gifted students and teachers. Support services to students may be indirectly given through their general education teachers or directly provided in a blended classroom or group setting.
Program Design Includes:
• Student contact with a Gifted teacher.
• Small group or individual meetings as appropriate.
• Gifted teacher collaboration with other general education classroom teachers and guidance counselors to monitor progress toward their Educational Plan (EP) goals.
• Gifted teacher collaboration with school personnel in order to communicate events and other information of interest to gifted students. The gifted teacher will host and maintain an online forum focused on items of interest to gifted students and their families.