2015 Javits Grant Awardees

2015 Javits Demonstration Grant Awardees

The purpose of Project KALEIDOSCOPE, an initiative designed by Tonya Moon, Ph.D., at the University of Virginia, is to increase the identification of gifted primary-aged students from unrepresented groups through implementing wrap-around services in literacy and to enhance the reading achievement of primary-aged students from underrepresented groups.

Project ELEVATE: English Learner Excellence eVolving through Advanced Teacher Education is designed by Jeanette Lukens of Seminole County Public Schools in partnership with the University of Central Florida’s College of Education and Human Performance. Project ELEVATE presents alternative methods for identifying and serving gifted students, with an emphasis on the inclusion of English Language Learners (ELL) and the district’s most economically disadvantaged and highest minority schools.

Smart Spaces, an evidence-based systemic model of gifted instruction, is scaled up for use throughout the state of Wisconsin by Annalee Good, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin to increase gifted programming access for underrepresented gifted students. Scaling up Smart Spaces includes implementing blended online curriculum modules designed for underrepresented middle school students within the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. The project will serve students in Milwaukee public schools,Green Bay Area Catholic Schools, Madison Metropolitan School District, and rural schools in central Wisconsin.

2015 Javits Statewide Grant Awardees

The Arizona Department of Education designed the Aligning Efforts for Talent Development project, led by Peter Laing. The project goals are to increase the performance and participation of high ability and high potential students, especially those from underrepresented groups, through enhancing school-wide talent-engagement abilities. The research will be completed in low-performing schools in each region of Arizona.

The Colorado Department of Education’s grant, designed by Jacqueline Medina, targets developing sustainable gifted programs throughout the state, especially in at-risk and rural communities. The grant focuses on supporting gifted learners in areas of the state that have a high degree of English language learners, poverty, and Hispanic and Native American students. The Colorado Department of Education will partner with faculty at the University of Denver to facilitate professional developments tailored to each school based on local resources and needs.

The Kentucky Department of Education created the Reaching Academic Potential Project, an application of the Young Scholars Model led by Kathie Anderson, aimed at identifying and serving underrepresented gifted students. Through partnering with the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and Jefferson County Public School, the project will implement professional development to K-3 teachers on understanding behaviors that correlate with gifted behaviors and learning instructional methods and teaching practices that support gifted learners.

The Minnesota Department of Education created Project North Star, led by Wendy Behrens, to enhance identification of and programming for gifted students in rural populations. Specific professional development opportunities will be implemented on-line, targeting each of the following groups individually: 1) teachers, 2) school leaders, and 3) families and communities. The effects of these PDs will be assessed, and results will be distributed locally and nationally.

The Ohio Department of Education created the Online Curriculum Consortium for Accelerating Middle School (OCCAMS), led by Michael Demczyk, with the goals of increasing the identification of underrepresented gifted students, increasing access to gifted programming for identified students, and creating multi-district infrastructure online to increase schools’ abilities to identify and provide programming for gifted learners. OCCAMS is the result of a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Education, the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, and five school districts in Ohio. The Censeo group will evaluate the program efficacy based on the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards.

The Utah State Office of Education, through the Utah Center for the Advancement of Reading Excellence (UCARE) and led by Moya Kessig, aims to identify and improve services for advanced and gifted readers in Title 1 schools. Professional development using a coaching model will be provided for teachers regarding identifying and instructing gifted readers. In collaboration with the Utah State University, the Utah State Office of Education will create a website for teachers to be used as a continual professional development tool.

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction designed the HiCapPlus project, led by Jody Hess, in partnership with the state’s office of public instruction, seven pilot local education agencies (LEAs), University of Washington, and Whitworth University. HiCapPlus targets the identification and service of gifted students through the creation of technical assistance and professional development modules that correlate with the state’s and the National Association for Gifted Children’s standards.

The Wisconsin Department of Education (the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) developed project Expanding Excellence, led by Chrystyna Mursky, to decrease the excellence gap for English Language Learners and those who qualify for free or reduced price lunch in urban school districts. Professional development on best practices regarding identifying and serving such students will be developed and implemented for classroom teachers and District Leadership Cadres in urban areas. A State Leadership Cadre will also be trained on the model in order to scale it statewide.