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Elementary Curricula Resources

Resources and information regarding classroom opportunities for the gifted student in elementary school.

Middle School Curricula Resources

Resources and information regarding classroom opportunities for the gifted student in middle school.

High School Accelerated Programs

Resources and information regarding classroom opportunities for the gifted student in high school.

Academically Focused Extra Curriculars

 Durham Public Schools offers and supports extra curricular activities for all grades.

 

Curricula for Elementary and Middle Schools

William and Mary Curriculum:

William and Mary and the Center for Gifted Education offer an overview of their ideas for teaching the curriculum.  They provide resources to Kendall-Hunt which gives advice on how to integrate content in the classrooms. W&M and CfGE also provide a FAQ for teachers.

Outlined through W&M are graphic organizers and thought processes for teaching and integrating the units into your classes.

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Michael Clay Thompson Vocabulary Strategies:

Vocabulary is a critical skill to build for reading comprehension.  Through the use of Building Language, and Word Within the Word Michael Clay Thompson hopes to teach students how to build vocabulary skills, not just words.  He provides curriculum overviews for Elementary and Middle.  A teacher named Mr. Anderson provided all the parts for Word Within the Word onlineFlashcards are available online through Quizlet.  Lists should be broken up for grade levels so that it is built upon:

Grade 6: #1-5

Grade 7: #6-10 (and spiraling 1-5)

Grade 8: #11-15 (and spiraling 1-10)

Example of this with word stems

Thanks to the Duke of Definition for creating this interactive site for each list.

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Mentoring Mathematical Minds:

A national curriculum designed to Mentor Mathematical Minds in the elementary school classroom, M3 provides curriculum units for teachers to use.  They have also provided a list of resources to help instruction.  Further explanation can be found at Kendall-Hunt along with webinars.

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Accelerated Programs in High School

Honors/Advanced Placement Courses in grades 9-12

Honors:
  • More rigorous and complex content
  • Offered in all academic areas
  • May require completion of prerequisite courses
  • Open enrollment
  • State-mandated curriculum standards
  • Weighted grades—“plus 1”
Advanced Placement:
  • Designed to challenge motivated students and prepare them for the rigors of post-secondary studies
  • Open enrollment if prerequisites met
  • Prepare students to take the AP exams of the College Board
  • Many colleges and universities offer credit for high scores on these tests
  • Each course carrying the designation "AP" will have to be reviewed by the College Board through an AP course audit process
  • Weighted grades--“plus 2” 

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IB Diploma Programs

  • Hillside International Baccalaureate Programme
  • Rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary students
  • Internationally Recognized academic program that prepares students for college admission and success

Features:

  • In-depth study of selected subjects
  • Internationally accepted standards of excellence
  • Potential to earn college credit

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Dual Enrollment Options

A collaborative program enabling high school students to earn college credit

  • Permits students to enroll in college courses while in high school
  • Can receive high school and college credit for successful completion of courses
  • Provides acceleration mechanism for able and motivated students

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Academically Focused Extra-Curricular Activities for All Grades

  • Battle of the Books-Available to grades fourth through eighth, students read age appropriate books and focus on retaining information to converse about the stories and test their knowledge.  There are various levels of competition.
  • Destination ImagiNation-A STEM based program which students compete as a team to solve a nationwide challenge.  Resolutions to open-ended problems are presented at local tournaments.
  • MATHCOUNTS-A Middle School mathematics competition aiming at the love of math in each student.  Challenge problems provide logical and critical thinking skills that students need to achieve results in higher level math classes. 
  • National Forensics League-Through debate and speech students compete locally to challenge their reasoning skills
  • Odyssey of the Mind-Available to all age groups, Odyssey of the Mind provides challenge problems to reinforce application and reasoning in everyday lives.  Students can participate from Kindergarten to twelfth grade, moving up through the age groups.
  • Scientifica-Students discover the world of science, pursue a career in this field and succeed in their career path.
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee-Each elementary and middle school in Durham participates in the official Scripps rounds to produce a district winner to represent DPS in higher competitions.  The purpose of the Scripps Bee is to build vocabulary and comprehension for students to use in their everyday lives.
  • Stock Market Game-Students invest a fictional $100,000 in the Stock Market and create an online portfolio.

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