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Thursday, October 13 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
2E: One Small School's Journey to Implement the Total School Cluster Model

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This session will provide an overview of the process that was followed to shift to the Total School Cluster Model (TSCM) in the Montello School District where the TSCM was used as the baseline for creating classroom rosters for the 2016-2017 school year in grades K-8. For those not familiar with it, the TSCM benefits gifted learners by grouping them with their peers in their homeroom classroom.

The implementation timeline, presentation materials and the successes and challenges of this journey will be shared. Opportunities to ask questions will be invited throughout the session with time dedicated at the end.


Attendees will understand that the TSCM supports gifted learners needs to work with like ability learners and to learn at an accelerated speed with staff who is knowledgeable about the needs and abilities of this special population.

NAGC Programming Standards Addressed

1.5. Awareness of Needs. Students'€™ families and communities understand similarities and differences with respect to the development and characteristics of advanced and typical learners and support students with gifts and talents€™ needs.

1.6. Cognitive and Affective Growth. Students with gifts and talents benefit from meaningful and challenging learning activities addressing their unique characteristics and needs.

5.1. Variety of Programming. Students with gifts and talents participate in a variety of evidence-based programming options that enhance performance in cognitive and affective areas.

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Amy Brehm

Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Montello School District
I have recently completed my Gifted Coordinator License via UW-Whitewater and UW-Stevens Point. I am excited to have brought cluster grouping to my school this fall to support gifted learners. I am currently in coursework to achieve my principal and director of instruction certifications... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Tundra E-F