Copied from Ga DOE Gifted Manual (2016)
Resource Class (K-12) - Gifted Teacher provides enrichment opportunities for Gifted Students; A Portfolio is used for assessment. Students receive a Gifted Report Card each 9 weeks that is based on the Gifted Standards.
1. All students must have been identified as gifted by SBOE criteria.
2. The curriculum must have an academic content foundation based on the Georgia curriculum standards,
but it should focus on interdisciplinary enrichment activities and not any one content area.
3. The content and pacing should be differentiated to the degree that the activities are clearly not
appropriate for more typical students at that grade level.
Collaborative Teaching (K-12) - Gifted Teacher plans differentiated activities and lessons with the Regular Classroom Teacher that are appropriate for Gifted Students. The Regular Classroom Teacher uses the differentiated activities/lessons to replace regular classroom activities/lessons.
A maximum of eight identified gifted students are placed as a group into an otherwise heterogeneous classroom. Direct instruction is provided by the students’ regular classroom teacher who collaborates with a designated gifted teacher. There must be substantial, regularly scheduled collaborative planning between the regular classroom teacher and the gifted teacher. The following requirements must be met to earn the gifted FTE weight:
1. The collaborating gifted teacher must have a clear renewable GaPSC approved gifted education endorsement.
2. The gifted teacher, the regular classroom teacher, and the gifted student(s) (when appropriate) collaborate and document the development of differentiated instructional strategies, Georgia standards based curriculum, and evaluation practices.
3. The collaborating regular classroom teacher and gifted teacher must be provided adequate planning time which must be documented and approved by the LEA. In certified personnel information, the regular education teacher is the teacher of record and the gifted program teacher is recorded in the consultative subject code.
4. The gifted education teacher must be given one full period each week or its monthly equivalent during which he/she has only gifted education collaborative planning responsibilities (as determined by the local system) for every three classes in which he/she has collaborative teaching responsibilities.
5. The total number of gifted students whose instruction may be modified through this collaborative approach may not exceed eight per class. For example, if the gifted program teacher is working with three classroom teachers during the first period of the school day, there may be no more than 24 gifted students (for whom curriculum is being differentiated among the three classes).
6. Instructional segments that have been modified for gifted learners may be counted at the gifted FTE weight if the gifted education teacher, and regular education teacher document the curriculum modifications made for the gifted students in the following ways:
a. separate lesson plans which show the reason(s) why any student whose instruction is counted at the gifted FTE weight needs an advanced curriculum in that particular content area (e.g., national norm-referenced tests and/or benchmark tests );
b. a time and discussion log of the collaborative planning sessions between the teachers
c. individual or small group contracts indicating the differentiated learning standards for the gifted student(s) and the alternative instructional strategies in which the gifted student(s) will be engaged.