McGraw Elementary

An IB World School

Gifted & Talented (G/T)

Gifted & Talented Coordinator: Paul Schkade (pschkade@psdschools.org)

At McGraw Elementary, an IB World School, all students receive a level of support that enables them to succeed within the range of their abilities.  Our teachers implement teaching practices that address individual learning needs.  This is especially true for our Gifted and Talented students. The IB Primary Years Program works well with self-directed learners who wish to enrich their learning. 

Each classroom provides differentiated instruction.  Differentiation begins with the process of identifying, with each learner, the most effective strategies for achieving learning goals. Dynamic groupings within classrooms, use of pre-assessments to discover students' strengths and areas to focus instruction on, targeted instruction based on pre-assessments and provision of resources designed to address students' level of readiness are some examples of how students’ learning goals are achieved. Enrichment groups and other opportunities may also be offered, based on the needs and interests of students who qualify for GT services at McGraw.

The IB Primary Years Program curriculum engages students in rich tasks which invite an open-ended exploration of a topic or concept. It presents substantive, real problems to solve and engages learners in forms of pragmatic social action that have real value in the world. Inquiry, as the dominant mode of instruction at McGraw, takes many forms. A few examples of inquiry are Socratic seminars, inquiry circles, individualized student research projects, and modeling of high-level questioning by teachers.​

At McGraw, students explore transdisciplinary units with concept-based central ideas to develop depth and detail in their knowledge and understanding. During these units students integrate knowledge and skills drawn from two or more disciplines (subject areas) to challenge and extend their thinking and learning (e.g. explaining a phenomenon, solving a problem, creating a product or raising new questions).

Please see our responses to these frequently asked questions about how we meet the needs of students identified as gifted and talented.

The following websites are good resources for parents of advanced learners/students identified as gifted an talented to reference:

PSD Gifted and Talented web page
National Association for Gifted Children