The Kenosha Unified School District Talent Development Program, a network designed to support every student's individual ability, is to foster, develop, and maximize the exceptional potential of every student by providing rigorous and challenging curricula and enriching opportunities through the efforts of qualified educators, involved families, and an engaged community.
Gifted and talented students have unique academic, social, and emotional needs. If these needs are not met there is a loss to the individual, to the school, and to society. Two of the most basic needs are the appropriate level of academic challenge and to meet the socio-emotional needs of the gifted and talented student through opportunities for appropriate programming. Kenosha Unified School District utilizes the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) model as a systematic approach to serving students with gifted needs. The Kenosha Unified School District Talent Development Program Guide also supports the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) PreK-12 Gifted Programming Standards.
Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RTI) Model
The Kenosha Unified School District utilizes the Wisconsin RtI Framework for providing services to students with gifted and talented needs. The RtI Framework creates an integrated and seamless continuum of service for students. Ideally, the academic needs of students will be met in the place where they spend most of their time. For most students this is in the regular education classroom with their peers, by subject, or with their music or art teachers. Through strong differentiated instruction, teachers provide students with a variety of opportunities and options for success (universal services). However, when differentiating is not enough for a student to grow, students will be given select services. The movement between the RtI multilevel systems of support is a fluid process based on student needs. Needs are determined through an ongoing balanced system of assessments. A student may need enrichment at some times and not others and in some subjects or all subjects. Needs are continually assessed and instruction/enrichment is adjusted as needed. Before a student is eligible to receive intensive enrichment services, an identification process must first be completed. If a student is to receive intensive enrichment services then a Gifted and Talented Education (GaTE) Plan will be written detailing the services. Wisconsin RTI