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Extending and Differentiating the California Common Core Standards

The Common Core Standards use educational concepts that have been the focus of gifted education for many years. These concepts stress rigor, depth, complexity, relevance, and deeper understanding. However, as stated by the Common Core State Standards Initiative, The Standards set grade-specific standards but do not define the intervention methods or materials necessary to support students who are well below or well above grade-level expectations...The Standards do not define the nature of advanced work for students who meet the Standards prior to the end of high school. For those students, advanced work...should be available. gifted education has developed effective strategies to both meet the needs of a wide variety of learners (differentiation) and create the mindset and metacognition to meet challenge. The pedagogy needed to support and extend the complex curriculum of CCSS is already a core part of GATE Curriculum and Instruction.
All GATE teachers Should:
  1. Understand the issues in definitions theories, & identification of Advanced learners, including those from diverse backgrounds.
  2. Recognize the learning differences, developmental Milestones, and cognitive/affective characteristics of gifted and talented students, & identify their related academic and social-emotional needs
  3. Understand, plan, & implement a range of evidence-based & differentiated strategies

National Association for Gifted Children: Common Core State Standards and Gifted Education

California Department of Education: Gifted and Talented Education program information, laws & regulations, resources

California Association for the Gifted: Common Core and the GATE Standards