GT award

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Berryville gifted and talented (GT) teacher Delene McCoy (left) accepts the Honorable Mention award for the Act 56 Outstanding Gifted Program for districts with more than 1,000 but less than 3,000 students from Dr. Mary Katherine Stein, director of gifted and talented and advanced placement for the Arkansas Department of Education.
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Berryville gifted and talented (GT) teacher Delene McCoy (left) accepts the Honorable Mention award for the Act 56 Outstanding Gifted Program for districts with more than 1,000 but less than 3,000 students from Dr. Mary Katherine Stein, director of gifted and talented and advanced placement for the Arkansas Department of Education. GT coordinator Larissa Allen said Berryville’s GT program has grown with enrollment, so another GT teacher was added in 2015 to serve students in grades 6-12. Thanks to the administration and school board, she said, the GT program can better serve its older students now. As those students mature, she said the GT program offers even more options in the way of classes, presentations, competitions and challenges. Allen said middle and high school GT students can participate in GT seminar class, Mock Trial, Quiz Bowl, the YES Competition, National History Day and many other options. Gifted students need to be challenged not only academically through Advanced Placement (AP) classes, she said, but also explore other learning opportunities. She said these students’ minds are different, not better. At the Berryville School District, she said the GT teachers are grateful that their budget and fundraising efforts contribute to their students learning outside the classroom.

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