This position promotes the mission of the Department of Gifted Education and Talent Development (GTD). GTD Teachers support general education teachers to implement meaningful differentiation for all students, while also advancing the academic needs of gifted learners through support of cluster teachers and their own direct teaching of gifted and potentially gifted students. They are also responsible for facilitating all aspects of the Gifted Education and Talent Development Program for their assigned schools.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Facilitate universal data screening 2-3 times a year with school administrators, specialists, and/or teacher teams to screen for potential giftedness.
- Monitor and report on gifted student progress on GTD program goals.
- Utilize elements of the student-centered coaching model to collaborate with teachers and teams on planning for instruction and activities for Tier I/II Differentiation (all classrooms) and Tier II/III Differentiation (cluster classrooms).
- Co-teach differentiated lessons with cluster teachers (K-12, on occasion) or Talent Development Lessons with all K-2 classroom teachers.
- Provide staff with information on testing, referrals, student issues, etc.
- Inform principals of gifted needs and concerns (ex. class placement, teacher training).
- Conduct professional development with staff related to gifted education and talent development.
- Attend all required professional development and work days for the GTD Department.
- Write and update curriculum for Tier I (differentiation for all), Tier II (Differentiation for many), and Tier III (differentiation for some).
- Disseminate gifted information to parents (ex. Referral, Identification Process, etc.).
- Conduct all parts of the gifted identification process (screening, referral, testing and scoring, eligibility, and determination notification).
- Meet with parents to discuss test scores and placement or non-placement status.
- Disaggregate data from gifted referral and testing as part of equitable practices monitoring.
- Maintain accurate records in student cumulative record.
- Communicate with families about gifted programming (ex. newsletters, etc.) and conduct parent outreach on occasion.
- Facilitate processes for additional programs related to the Gifted and Talent Development Program (ex. Camp Launch at W&M, Governor’s School, etc.).
- Teach identified gifted and potentially gifted students in their assigned grade level(s) based on the WJCC culturally responsive gifted curriculum (K-12).
- Participate in any division-required processes and content expectations for directly taught, content-based courses (ex. Collaborative Teacher Teams, use of Multi-Tiered System or Supports, differentiated content pacing guides, etc.).
- Mentor gifted and potentially gifted students who are from underrepresented populations.
- Collaborate with specialists in the building to ensure that gifted and potentially gifted students’ academic and social-emotional needs are met (ex. School Counselors, School Psychologists, English Learner Teachers, Math and Reading Specialists, etc.).
- Meet with identified and provisionally identified gifted students 1-2 times a year to discuss the GTD Program, various academic/enrichment opportunities, and any other topic as needed (grades 6-12).
- Models the WJCC Strategic Plan Values: Individualism, Integrity, Innovation, Accountability and Collaboration.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
- Bachelor’s degree with appropriate certification for teaching assignment.
- Virginia Department of Education Teaching license with (preferably) an endorsement in Gifted Education or the ability to receive an endorsement within 3 years of being assigned to the position.
- At least three (3) years of successful classroom teaching experience, including
- demonstrated ability to differentiate content, process, product, and learning environment and to apply best practices in gifted education to the school GTD program,
- demonstrated ability to scaffold instruction for potentially gifted learners,
- possession of a broad knowledge of effective pedagogy and instructional strategies for solid Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III instruction, and
- knowledge of current technology to leverage for blended learning or asynchronous learning.
- Act under the direction and advice of the building administrators within the guidelines of school division policy and Virginia Department of Education regulations.
- Knowledge of VDOE and WJCC curriculum and techniques for integrating curriculum.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office, school-based staff, students, parents and community.
Receives supervision from the Principal.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to enter data into a computer; to see and read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids; hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in person and on the telephone; physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds.