Jenny Brown and Jeff Lucier
Gifted Resource Teachers
SIGNET is the gifted education program for Prince William County Public Schools. We provide direct services to identified gifted learners. In addition, we work with building faculty to provide indirect services to our students while they are in their other classes.
Philosophy: The students served by the Gifted Education Program at the middle school level are unique in both their abilities and achievements. The program recognizes and strives to provide for the diversity of the academic, interpersonal, and emotional needs of each student in an appropriate environment.
Course Description: The Prince William County Gifted Education Program began in 1976, and is referred to as SIGNET, an acronym for Schools Involved in Gifted Needs in Education Today. SIGNET is where identified students receive curricula designed for their cognitive and affective needs. While in the resource room, they are provided accelerative and enrichment opportunities for advanced content and pacing of instruction, original research or production, problem finding and solving, higher level thinking that leads to the generation of products, and a focus on issues, themes, and ideas within and across areas of study. The activities used in this course of study support increased levels of complexity and are intended to challenge students. The essential elements of the curriculum extend out of the regular classroom and include cross curricular lessons, academic challenges and individualized units of study that promote critical and creative thinking. We currently provide direct services to identified 6th, 7th & 8th grade gifted learners through a year round pull out program.
To explore and develop:
- Different approaches to solving problems
- Higher level thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
- Originality, flexibility, fluency, and elaboration in student products
- Processes and skills that will benefit students in their regular class settings
- To provide:
- Curriculum based on the needs and interests of the students
- Access to current information and/or innovative practices in fields of study
- Interdisciplinary approaches to content areas
Interpersonal Affective Goals
- To provide an environment conducive to:
- Respect for self and others
- Productive group and individual work in an intellectually risk-free setting
- Fostering the curiosity to be a life-long learner
- Meeting the needs of middle school students
Please do not hesitate to ask Mrs. Brown or Mr. Lucier for additional information about the gifted program at BRMS.