Cherry Creek Inside/Out Program
Discoveries and Connections for Gifted and High Potential Learners
Sponsored by the Cherry Creek Office of Gifted Education and Advanced Learning
- Fall BREAK:
October 29-November 2, 2012
- SPRING BREAK:
April 1-5, 2013
- SUMMER SESSIONS:
Week One - June 17-21, 2013
Week Two - June 24-28, 2013
What does the INSIDE/OUT Program offer my child?
- Extended learning opportunities for gifted and high potential learners
- Advanced classes offering engaging and challenging material and instruction for motivated learners.
- The theme for all classes is described as "getting inside" - a selected topic, project, area of interest, dilemma, creative expression, science challenge, math game, technical gadget, journalistic endeavor, music machine, performance, space, medical lab, engineer's mind, the law, commercial art, construction design, energy alternatives, leadership, communications, cultures, and endless other possibilities.
- Classes are designed for kindergarten through 8th grade students who have been recommended by the GT Resource Teacher in collaboration with classroom and specials teachers in each school across the district.
Who will teach the INSIDE/OUT classes?
- Certified teachers and technical experts with innovative and instructional skills and the ability to facilitate creative, accelerated, compacted courses for gifted, talented and high potential learners.
- Interested teachers may submit a proposal for facilitating a class in an area of passion or expertise.
- Outside experts and professionals from other fields will be invited to join the class discussions and learning labs to provide in-depth, real world connections related to the class topic.
- Selected high school and college student mentors may also participate as volunteer classroom and program assistants.
Where will the program be held*?
- INSIDE/OUT classes are held at Prairie Middle School and the new Institute for Science and Technology (next door to Prairie MS).
How are students recommended for these classes?
- GT building resource teachers will consult with K-8 classroom teachers and other building specialists for recommendations of students based on interest, motivation, and aptitude. Students who have been identified for GT services are included for recommendation. If you are interested in your child participating in the INSIDE/OUT Program, please let your school's GT teacher know.
Will there be financial assistance for the registration fee?
- Yes, families qualifying for the Free and Reduced Lunch program may receive financial assistance up to 50% off the cost of registration per child.
How much will registration cost*?
- The basic registration fee for a weeklong session of morning or afternoon classes is $150 for half-day.
- The fee for a full day with BOTH morning & afternoon classes and a supervised lunch break is $275.
What connections will INSIDE/OUT make with home and school?
- INSIDE/OUT instructors will share positive feedback with the students' parents and GT teachers regarding student strengths, challenges, interests, discoveries, level of engagement, and related resources and connections for further study.
- GT teachers may use the instructional feedback from INSIDE/OUT as a guide for further differentiation and focus at school. Student information resulting from these classes may be included in student profiles for consideration in the GT identification process and for student placement and development of learning plans at the school site.
- Parents of participating students will also have the opportunity to network with each other and receive information and resources from the Office of Gifted Education and Advanced Learning.
*Special Note: Current schedules, registration fees, and program sites may change from year to year as programs develop over time.