Talented & Gifted
The Grinnell-Newburg School District currently serves students in grades K-12 who have been identified as Gifted and Talented in the specific aptitude ability domains for mathematics and reading. Multiple criteria are examined by the Multi Tiered System of Support Team at each school on a regular basis to ensure that individual student needs are being met. Our goal is to ensure that students are challenged on a daily basis so they are not waiting to learn.
In order to qualify for services in the Talented and Gifted program, TAG teachers examine student data from the NWEA MAP assessment, Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress or ISASP, reading inventories, and classroom data. Classroom teachers also make recommendations for students to be served in TAG.
Currently, there are five certified TAG staff members in the district. There is one certified TAG endorsed teacher at each school to provide services. Services at each grade level vary from working with classroom teachers to provide instructional support, push-in to the classroom to provide student support, select pull-out instruction, and independent study at the high school. Please keep in mind that services are fluid to meet the needs of students when they need it in the areas of reading and mathematics. TAG staff as well as Instructional Coaches also assist with professional development to meet the needs of staff who are working with TAG students.
During the 2021-22 school year, our TAG certified staff and Director of Special Programs reviewed our district TAG service delivery plan and procedures guide. This document will be uploaded to the website when it is finalized.
Please contact your student's building principal if you have any questions regarding TAG services.
District TAG certified staff:
Fairview: Staci Harms
Bailey Park: Lisa York
Davis Elementary: April Gosselink-Lemke
Grinnell Middle School: Matt Griffen
Grinnell High School: Alicia Carradus