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Ivory Primary GT Program

Ivory Primary

The GT Specialist designs whole group enrichment lessons emphasizing creativity, problem solving, logic, and critical/reflective thinking. All 2nd and 3rd grade classes have whole group enrichment lessons at least 30 minutes per week. A certified GT Specialist and the classroom teacher work together to provide this enrichment.  The first stage of identification is through observation during GT whole group enrichment. During this time, the GT Specialist and classroom teacher discuss information to be placed on the observation inventory checklist. In addition, classes at Ivory Primary receive Project Lead the Way lessons in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Quiz Bowl competitions and Honor Choir are also offered at the 3rd grade level.


Arkansas State Department of Education: Definition of Giftedness- "Gifted and talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability, whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services. Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through an interaction of above average intellectual ability, task commitment and/or motivation, and creative ability. "




The purpose of identification is to find and serve those students who need special programs to develop their exceptional abilities. Students are referred for the evaluation process. Formal screening begins at the end of the 3rd grade year. The parent or guardian is sent a permission form prior to evaluations. A case study of each child recommended for the gifted program is completed. Data is collected, including creativity assessments and standardized tests. The selection committee is comprised of teachers and administrators.They make impartial decisions based on the data. The process is anonymous. Letters of placement are mailed to parents. Parents must sign permission to place forms before services can be rendered.  




Helpful Websites

National Association for Gifted Children

Hoagies' Gifted page:

Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE)

Purdue University Gifted Education Resource Institute

Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association





Characteristics of Gifted Children

*Have an unusually large vocabulary for age

*Display long-term recall of much information

*Demonstrate intense concentration

*Learn to read on their own

*Possess keen sense of humor

*Show unusual independence for age

*Be creative and imaginative beyond age

*Tend to be perfectionist

*Sustain interest in one or more fields of knowledge over years

*Have self-directed interests

*Easily master intellectual skills

*Be interested in and concerned about community/world problems

*Often be self-critical and overly sensitive

*Continually question the status quo

*Apply learning from one situation to another

*Solve problems in a unique manner

*Have different behavior style

*Enjoy reading about a wide rage of topics

*Reason abstractly



Contact information

Phyllis Burger
Gifted and Talented Coordinator/Teacher
Camden Fairview Public Schools