At Rocklin Academy, our GATE program is a cluster model style of program which is developed from the latest research and best practices. Teachers and administration intentionally group GATE identified students together in classrooms to strategically differentiate instruction using GATE instructional strategies. As educators, we understand that gifted students may think uniquely and thus need to apply their learning in creative ways with like-minded students. At Rocklin Academy, we also offer subject acceleration in the area of math if the child meets the criteria and teachers continually differentiate instruction for Language Arts and other content areas within the classroom.
Our teachers receive continual professional development on how to address and best serve the unique needs of our GATE identified students. We also have other amazing resources such as Byrdseed, which provides teachers with articles, videos, lessons, techniques and examples of how to modify lessons to meet the academic needs of gifted learners, and how to best support their social and emotional needs as well. This past Monday, teachers in grades 2-6 attended a training by Placer County Office of Education’s GATE specialist, Tracy Wilson, and learned additional ways to support the specific needs of our GATE identified students. We are fortunate to have this partnership with the Placer County Office of Education and look forward to additional trainings in the near future!