The Gifted Education Program provides appropriate instruction for eligible students by delivering effective and innovative strategies beyond the basic curriculum. The program is designed to challenge and empower students to produce quality work and to become productive citizens, while protecting and nurturing their unique characteristics.
Dr. Rosemary Daniels- Gifted Specialist
Exceptional Student Education Area Coordinators:
Area 1 Debra Morick 561-381-2695
Area 2 Janice Coe 561-868-5301
Area 3 June Aversano 561-996-4991
Area 4 Kevin McCormick 561-494-1533
Area 5 Theresa Padro-Morel 561-792-9518
Contact for Gifted Endorsement Courses:
Dr. Rosemary Daniels 561-434-8369 email@example.com
Gifted Handbook (.pdf)
Program Eligibility Criteria
Students are eligible for the Gifted Education Program through Plan A if they meet the following criteria:
Students qualify under Plan B if they meet the Eligibility Requirements as outlined in the Gifted Handbook and/or the SP&P, “District Plan B for Underrepresented Populations.” Underrepresented Populations are defined as low socio-economic students that qualify for free or reduced lunch, or defined as English Language Learners (ELL).
If you believe that a student meets the above criteria for Plan A or Plan B eligibility, the parent, guardian, or teacher should contact the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Coordinator at the home school to refer the child for screening and evaluation. If gifted services are not available at the home school, students eligible for the gifted program are transported to the assigned gifted center. Schools serving gifted students are listed on the Feeder Patterns, which are included above in pdf form.
Characteristics of a Gifted Student
Gifted children typically display some, but not all, of the following characteristics:
High Schools offer a number of options for high-ability students. Gifted education classes vary among schools. Advanced Placement and Honor Level classes are also available throughout the county. Magnet programs such as International Baccalaureate, Math-Science-Engineering, Pre-Medicine and Allied Health, Pre-Law and Teacher Academy are also available. The rigor of some of these programs presents educational opportunities for the gifted learner.
Instruction of Curriculum
To provide appropriate and challenging educational experiences for
gifted students, differentiation of instruction is implemented.
Differentiation may include:
A qualitatively, differentiated curriculum for gifted students consists of carefully planned, coordinated, learning experiences that meet the specific learning needs of the student. Appropriate differentiation allows for an increase in difficulty and depth in the level of abstraction and complexity of the curriculum, responding to the learner’s needs.
Curriculum compacting is used continually to negate repetition of material already known and understood by the student.
Acceleration is also implemented, on an individual basis, when necessary to meet the needs of a gifted learner.
Gifted Endorsement for Teachers
The Florida Department of Education requires fifteen additional semester hours of course credit to add an Endorsement in Gifted Education to a teaching certificate. The five required courses include:
Parent and Teacher Resources:
Florida Association for the Gifted www.flagifted.org
Florida Gifted Network www.floridagiftednet.org
Duke University News Letter www.dukegiftedletter.com/articles/vol7no3_ev.html
National Association for the Gifted www.nagc.org
Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page www.hoagiesgifted.org
Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted www.sengifted.org
Facebook- Advocates for Gifted Education
Letter to Parents