The Advanced Learning Department will be using the the Universal Screening Tool: TOPS (Teacher’s Observation of Potential in Students) from 1/22-3/16 in grades 1, 4, and 6 to identify students showing strong potential in the domains of creativity and leadership.
The Advanced Learning Specialist (ALS) at each school should work with the principal, specials teachers, and grade level teams to decide how to best structure this universal screening process which consists of information for grade level teams (ALS provided), teacher nomination, and then ALS observations. The general expectation is that the ALS will observe all students with an additional focus on nominated students at grades 1, 4 and 6 for a minimum of three 15 minute periods, preferably in at least two
different learning environments.
To learn more about this multidimensional screening process, please view this brief training video.
TOPS Process Overview
This is a Multidimensional Identification Process for the Area of Advanced Learning: Creativity and Leadership and the identification procedure follows a multiple gating approach which is sequential in nature and requires more time and intensity with each subsequent gate.
For Grades 1, 4, and 6
ALS delivered content to grade level teams
Teacher nominates 3-5 students who display several indicators that were presented in the grade level information
2. Pre-arranged observations across multiple settings
Observations conducted by ALS, and others as trained
3. Based on observations, determine who meets criteria and do additional diagnostic testing/teaching.
The next Advanced Learning Advisory Committee Meeting
The next meeting of the ALAC is scheduled for 1/10. The location and time have been changed.
We will be meeting on 1/10 from 6:30-8:00PM in the LMC Gold at East High School.
The ALAC is open to all parents, teachers and community members. We hope to see you there!