Gifted Program Reviews in Pennsbury and Council Rock School Districts
On February 6, 7, and 8, 2013 a team of fifteen Delaware Valley educators met in the Pennsbury School District to conduct a review of the district’s K-8 gifted services. Over the course of six months, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit Assistant Executive Director, Dr. Michael Masko and Gifted Consultant, James LoGiudice worked with Pennsbury Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Donna Dunar to plan and prepare for the review.
Team members included:
Lauren Almlof Bucks County Technical High School
Mel Benson Council Rock School District
Linda Block-Love Gifted Consultant
Allison Byruch Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
Elizabeth Glaum-Lathbury Morrisville School District
Geeta Heble Neshaminy School District
Andrea Hiralall Bensalem School District
Daneyelle Jordan Council Rock School District
Eve LaPier Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
James LoGiudice Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
Michael Masko Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
John Nolen Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
Michael Scancella Centennial School District
Margaret Simpson Council Rock School District
Lorraine Stieber Centennial School District
The work of the review team focused on six key questions, which were developed by Dr. Dunar and Pennsbury School District staff in advance of the team’s visit:
Question #1: Screening and Identification of Gifted Students
To what extent are screening, identification and placement procedures for the gifted adhering to Chapter 16 Regulations and requirements?
Question #2: Meeting the Individual Needs of Gifted Students
To what extent does the GIEP, and the district’s instruction and programming meet the identified needs of each gifted student?
Question #3: Staff Development
How is staff oriented to the nature of gifted students and appropriate instructional strategies?
Question #4: Best Practices, Technology and Resources
To what extent does instruction of the gifted include the use of: differentiated instruction, varied resources, and technology?
Question #5: Goals, Objectives, Philosophy and Vision
What is the nature of the gifted program?
What are the plan, goals, objectives, philosophy and vision?
Question #6: Coordination and Communication
To what extent is there coordination and communication within and about the gifted program?
Over the course of one hundred and nineteen individual and group interviews and classroom observations, the team collected information in a variety of areas and provided detailed answers to the six key questions, including findings, needs and recommendations. Team members identified program needs and made practical recommendations by applying their experience in the field to the information available, realizing that local conditions will determine local action.
On April 29, 30, and May 1, 2013, Dr. Masko and Mr. LoGiudice will lead another team of specialists in gifted education through a similar process in the Council Rock School District, focused on K-12 gifted services. Team members have been recruited from Bucks County schools and key questions are under development.
Program Quality Reviews
The Bucks County Intermediate Unit School Evaluation process provides a thorough examination of a school district’s programs and services K-12 by an experienced team of educators from Bucks County. The Intermediate Unit and the school districts through a commitment to this process, provide continuity, direction and resources for each evaluation. The reviews provide districts with strengths, needs, and recommendations for improving programs and services. Customized evaluations can also be developed to meet the diverse needs of an individual school district.