Gifted Education / Excel

Yazoo County School District
Gifted Excel Program
Mission and Philosophy of the Yazoo County Gifted Excel Program

 

It is the belief of the Yazoo County School District that intellectually gifted students need more challenges that are provided in the general education classroom atmosphere. YCSD believes gifted students' potential must be enhanced through creative and differentiated avenues of exploration. After individual determination of each child's strengths, needs, and interests, strategies and units are created, developed, and implemented to motivate and empower each student to achieve his/her maximum academic potential. These teaching strands provide opportunities for:

(1) higher level thinking
(2) objective decision making
(3)critical thinking
(4) leadership
(5) creative problem-solving 

Strategic instruction is carried out so that the student's independent study skills and academic knowledge base will serve him/her in every aspect of life. The Yazoo County School District is dedicated to the guidance and motivation of gifted students through a student-sensitive, quality education.

Expected Outcomes of the YCSD Gifted Program – EXCEL

  • Thinking Skills
  • Creativity
  • Information Literacy
  • Success Skills
  • Affective Skills
  • Communication Skills

 

Program Goals for the YCSD Gifted Program – EXCEL

It is the expectation of the Yazoo County School District to implement the following program goals

 
1.  To provide students with those instructional teaching and learning sequences which emphasize the process of learning rather than content;


2.   To provide students with those instructional teaching and learning sequences which focus on divergent thinking rather than convergent;


3.  To provide students with those instructional teaching and learning sequences which invite exploration of ideas through creative problem solving and reasoning skills;


4.   To provide students with a diversity of learning experiences, including instructional methods, materials, and learning endeavors;

5.   To provide opportunities for the students to grow in their understanding of themselves and others; 

6.   To provide students opportunities to increase their capacity for decision making and problem solving;

7.  To provide students with the opportunity to utilize thinking skills to discover, analyze, and evaluate information to solve problems;

8.  To provide students with the ability to demonstrate the use of creative problem solving skills;

9.  To provide students with the ability to work effectively in group situations, both as a leader and as a member of the group;

10.  To provide students with the ability to acquire the skills to retrieve and disseminate information using a variety of media;

11.  To afford students the opportunity to design and construct meaningful research and the ability to pursue areas of interest through in-depth investigation, and finally for the Yazoo          County School District Gifted Program-Excel: 

12.  To afford students the opportunity to develop an understanding of themselves and their own unique interests and abilities that will foster a feeling of belonging to society in order           to assist them in reaching their intellectual potential.

Gifted and Excel
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