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Gifted children--Education;


Every district should have a program handbook that describes its talented and gifted program. The West Delaware School District especially needed such a document because of the many requests for information from faculty, administration, and parents concerning such areas as identification, organization, and purpose of the talented and gifted program that arise year after year.

Program handbook development began by sending out a needs assessment to parents, teachers, administration, and students. Based on the discovery of the needs of our district, a new philosophy, format, and identification process were constructed. In addition, the development of written goals and a yearly process for evaluation was also completed.

This project gives a detailed description of the program handbook, the process of its construction, and its planned use by teachers, and administration. It will be available throughout the district and should answer many of the questions that parents and staff frequently pose about the talented and gifted program at West Delaware.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Barbara D. O'Donnell


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