November 18, 2014

Applying for the Discovery Program, Part 3: Parent Rating


This post is part of a three-part series on how to apply for the Elementary Discovery Program:

How To Provide Examples of Gifted Characteristics

As a parent, we all want what is the best for our kids and applying for the Discovery Program is one way for you to help address your child's unique needs as a learner. Part of the application process requires you to rate your child in several criteria and provide specific examples of your child displaying these traits.

The criteria in the Discovery Program Application are based on the Kingore Observation Inventory, an assessment that has been used for over 10 years in the U.S. and internationally to identify and differentiate instruction for gifted students. Check out this article by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) for practical advice and examples of gifted behavior.

For every criteria on the application, you should aim to provide a recent example to support your rating for your child. Feel free to attach additional pages to your rating form to have enough room to write down your example. For each example:
  • explain when the situation occurred
  • what was happening in the situation
  • how your child responded and 
  • how that response reflects the criteria

Providing this level of detail helps the application review committee get a clear picture of how your child behaves at home and compares to how your teacher sees you child in the classroom. The strongest applications for the Discovery Program will show a consistent, well-documented profile of your child in both these environments. 

Coming up with these examples can be difficult. Do you have any suggestions or ideas for how to identify examples of your child's gifted behavior? Leave a comment below to share your best ideas!

More Questions?

Have more questions about the Discovery Program and other programs and services for gifted and advanced students? Register for the fall "Gifted and Talented 101" seminar on October 19, 2016 with Natasha Straayer, DCSD Personalized Learning and get your questions answered.