GOLD - Gifted Learning Disabled Program

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Student Group:
Special Education

GOLD is an academic program designed to meet the needs of Grade 8 and 9 intellectually gifted students who have a learning disability. Students will continue to receive support into their Grade 12 year if required.

This is an academic program designed to meet the needs of Grade 8 and 9 intellectually gifted students who have a learning disability. Students will continue to receive support into their Grade 12 year if required.

The goal of the program is to improve the students self-concept by helping them understand their own strengths and difficulties, while they learn effective strategies and skills to be successful at school. GOLD students must be committed to learning and want to be in the GOLD program.

Grade Eight GOLD students receive two blocks of support in their eight block timetable. One block is English 8, and the other is for GOLD program objectives. Other GOLD students will be scheduled for one block of support while they remain in the program. The GOLD block provides an opportunity for the students to identify their individual strengths and difficulties and to learn strategies and skills which will enable them to be successful at school. If a student finds that they need additional support, it is possible to schedule a Skills Development Centre block, or a second GOLD block.

Curriculum emphasis:

  • provide help with subject work and basic skills
  • encourage students to learn and practice effective communication skills
  • increase each student’s sense of personal control
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • provide an enriched learning environment
  • foster increased self-awareness
  • assist students to develop word-processing skills

 

The GOLD teacher will coordinate Individual Educational Plan development for each student.

 

SELECTION SCREENING

  • referral to this program is made through a Screening Committee.
  • deadline for referrals is in January.
  • refer to VSB website for a copy of the GOLD Program Guide

 

STUDENT PROFILE

Meets the definition of a Gifted / Learning Disabled Student (Q, P). For students to be successful in the GOLD program, they must demonstrate some of the following characteristics:

  • average to above average reading comprehension skills.
  • ability to focus their attention on academic tasks.
  • interest in at least one academic subject, in which they have shown the potential for success.
  • an interest in achieving at least average marks and willing to work toward achieving these marks.
  • ability to acknowledge and take some responsibility for their learning or behaviour difficulties.

 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

□ Psycho-educational assessment

□ VSB Referral to Screening

□ Copy of recent report card

□ School Based Team minutes

□ Parent and Student cover letter

□ Teacher and parent completion of Gold characteristics check list

 

EXIT CRITERIA

Students are reviewed on a regular basis and if a change in placement is recommended a referral is submitted to the Screening Committee.

Placement in a regular classroom in recommended when students have developed compensatory skills to a level which will allow them to function successfully. 

 

CAPACITY AND STAFFING

1 Teacher

1 SSA (when numbers allow)

 

PROGRAM LOCATION 

David Thompson Secondary

Prince of Wales Secondary