Gifted Education Parent Council

Gifted Council                                                                                                         

The GEPC was formed to mirror the GPS Special Education Parent Council.

The council facilitates a collaborative effort toward eventual fulfillment of the GPS gifted vision statement to be a “premier provider of services to Pre-K through Grade 12 students identified as gifted or twice-exceptional, using research-based instruction to address the needs of the whole child.”

The purpose of the Gifted Education Parent Council:

To act as a liaison from district to campus and from campus to district. The expected outcomes are to:

1. Provide positive support and resources to other parents with gifted, including twice exceptional (2e), students.

2. Develop collaborative partnerships with school staff and administrators at the district and campus level.

Members of the Gifted Education Parent Council shall:

Act as a liaison from the district to their campus by:

1. Sharing information about educational programs, procedures, and resources from the district with other parents of gifted, including 2e, students;

2. Utilizing various ways to communicate: campus newsletter, small group meetings, PTA/PTO meetings, individual parent contact, etc.;

3.  Being a resource to campus staff and principal(s) for parents needing assistance with the gifted, including 2e, process;

4.  Partnering with school staff in identifying and coordination of appropriate parent training; and

5.  Modeling positive and collaborative relationships with campus staff and principal.

Act as a liaison from the campus to the district by:

1.  Sharing information reflecting campus gifted, including 2e, programs and services;

2.  Providing input addressing the needs of gifted, including 2e, programs and services;

3.  Collaborating and participating in the identification of parent and staff training needs; and

4.  Collaborating with district gifted, including 2e, staff in ongoing review and development of district programs and services for gifted, including 2e, students. 

Members of the GEPC are encouraged to form a positive and collaborative relationship with their principal so that the genuine needs of gifted students, their families, and their teachers can be identified and addressed. The foundational principle of gifted education is to identify and support a student’s strengths, while also recognizing and supporting the student’s deficits. This principle isn’t just for gifted education, rather all students would benefit from having such a principle guide their educational growth.

Mission Statement:

We are parents and educators supporting the GPS Gifted Education mission statement by addressing the needs of gifted students of all ages and their families.
We do this through-
     1. Empowering parents through education by providing opportunities to:
            a. Learn how a child’s giftedness impacts his or her development.
            b. Learn how to address the social, emotional, academic, physical, and kinesthetic
                needs of gifted and twice-exceptional students.
     2. Helping gifted students connect to peers through activities and service to others.
     3. Providing tools for effective communication between families and school professionals
         including legislative actions that impact gifted education.
Together we can ensure that every GPS gifted student has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

To view the roster of GEPC school representatives for the current school year click here for the list.

Parent Resources Prepared by the GEPC:

2e Resources - document

How to choose a program for your gifted child (elementary) - flyer

How to choose a program for your gifted child (junior high) - flyer

Building Bridges With Your School and District - PowerPoint

Tax Credit Presentation - PowerPoint

Bringing Gifted Into the Daylight, Good Conversations - document


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