Jennifer Wiliams, MCSD Gifted Coordinator
Contact Email jennifer.williams@madison-schools.com

Gifted Education

Philosophy

"To think, it seems to me, is to hold an idea long enough to unlock and shape its power in the varied contexts of shared human knowledge."

-John Steiner, 1985, Notebooks of the Mind
We believe that effective instruction for intellectually gifted students is created in an environment that not only permits learners to interact with their intellectual peers, but also nurtures self-directed learning, flexibility, decision making, thinking skills, and divergent thinking. This environment nurtures both the cognitive (thinking) and affective (social and emotional) needs of the intellectually gifted learners, and, hopefully, encourages them to become life-long, imaginative, autonomous learners.
 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Madison County School District's PAthways (Intellectually Gifted) Program is to offer to intellectually gifted learners those differentiated learning experiences which will meet their special needs and encourage growth.
 

Structure

Meeting the needs of the intellectually gifted learner requires differential treatments both in curriculum and in instructional patterns of delivery.  Because the intellectually gifted learner has special needs in both cognitive and affective areas, the curriculum focuses on both these areas.  In working with both the Mississippi Department of Education's Suggested Outcomes for Intellectually Gifted; The Mississippi Gifted Education Programs Program Standards; and the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children's Recommended Curricular Elements, the PAthways Program will implement the following framework:

1. THINKING SKILLS
 
2. CREATIVITY

3. SELF-DIRECTED STUDY

4. GROUP DYNAMICS

5. COMMUNICATION

6. LEADERSHIP

7. VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS

8. CAREER EXPLORATION AND LIFE SKILLS

9. SOCIO-EMOTIONAL GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

"Pathways" is Madison County School District's program for intellectually gifted students in grades 2-8.  It is a state-mandated program which provides a differentiated curriculum to those students identified as intellectually gifted.  Students attend PAthways for a minimum of five hours each week.  Middle school students who qualify may select PAthways as an elective.  Elementary students who qualify are pulled from their regular classes each week to participate in the PAthways program.
 

Program Goals

To provide students with those activities which emphasize the process of learning rather than content; divergent thinking rather than convergent; exploration of ideas through creative problem solving; and reasoning skills

To provide students with a diversity of learning experiences, including instructional methods, materials, and activities.
 
To provide opportunities for the students to grow in their understanding of themselves and others

Parents

Parenting gifted children can be exciting and challenging! Check out this website for information regarding Mississippi Gifted Education:
 
 

Contact

Jennifer Williams, Gifted Coordinator
467 Highland Colony Parkway
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Phone: 601.853.1326
E-mail: jennifer.williams@madison-schools.com
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