Gifted and Talented Services
Patton Elementary serves students who are currently identified
as academically advanced in one or more areas of language arts,
math, science and social studies. GT services include instruction
by a teacher who has completed the 30-hour GT Foundations training
within a cluster grouping model (small group of identified GT
students within the general education classroom) which allows for
opportunities for curricular tasks that include greater depth,
complexity, and pacing while working independently and with other
GT students as well as students not identified as required by the
Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. GT
students in the classroom will experience some of the following
instructional strategies and curriculum modifications:
- Academic Acceleration - Students move beyond the regular grade
level curriculum through different learning options, such as
special projects and activities written at a higher grade level,
grade skipping, or advanced course.
- Advanced-Level Differentiation - Different learning options
that allow the student to work at a more challenging pace and level
within the grade level curriculum.
- GT Exemplar Lessons - Austin ISD Lessons that offer
advanced-level learning opportunities for gifted students.
- GT Scope and Sequence Skills Continuum - A set of K-12 skills
and strategies developed by Austin ISD and used by teachers when
planning advanced-level learning opportunities.
- Depth and Complexity - Set of strategies that promote higher
levels of thinking and knowledge to help students develop deeper
understanding (depth) or understand relationships between different
- Enrichment - Activities designed to allow students to dig
deeper into a topic of study.
- Extension Menus - Students are provided with an organized set
of learning options to choose from in a menu format.
- Flexible Grouping - Students move from group to group flexibly
in the classroom according to the student's academic ability,
learning style, or interests based on the lessons planned by the
- Higher Level Questions - Challenging questions that increase
the level of rigor and challenge in the classroom.
- Independent Study - Students conduct research or study an issue
or idea, usually on a topic of choice, with little to no assistance
from other students in the class.
- Learning Styles - Teachers plan differentiated lessons
according to individual student learning styles to help students
learn new information more easily.
- Research Projects - Students study a topic or issue to collect
information, facts, and data to develop a project to share with
- Student Choice - Teachers provide students with pre-selected
choices on topics or assignments to complete in class.
- Technology Integration - Different technology tools, programs,
or apps are included in a lesson or assignment.
- Tiered Assignments - Different learning opportunities are
provided to students according to their academic level. Gifted
students may work on an advanced activity while other students are
working on a grade-level activity on the same topic.
The "Campus Evaluation of Performance in Community and Student
Engagement" includes a section on Gifted and Talented which
provides information on enrichment activities and academic
competitions at each campus in Austin ISD. More information on
services at Patton Elementary can be provided by the campus' GT
Advocate, a principal-designated liaison for GT between the campus,
district, and community.
Additional information and resources are available through Austin
ISD's Advanced Academics:
GT Parent Corner
GT Para Padres
Twitter: AISD Gifted @AISDGifted