Vision and Purpose

  • PK-12 Talent Development is aligned with the KMSD’s vision and purpose.

    VISION: Learning without Boundaries
    PURPOSE: To cultivate academic excellence, citizenship, and personal development


    Students’ talents span all age/grade levels and abilities. All students require developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction consistent with their learning styles and potential for achievement that prepares them for success in their lives. The education of children is a partnership between homes, schools, and the community-at-large.


    KMSD teachers can usually meet the needs of their students within the general classroom through adaptation and modification of the district’s progressive and rigorous standards-based curriculum. Instead of a “program” the KMSD believes that appropriate systematic and continuous k-12 programming  is “best practice” for students who are exceptionally talented. This philosophy of education is consistent with current research in gifted education and talent development.


    The KMSD recognizes that some students have highly exceptional and advanced talents that may require accommodation. The PK-12 Talent Development Coordinator in the district works closely with school teams comprised of classroom teachers and educational staff in responding to the identified needs of students. Working together with families, they support and nurture students’ exceptional talents. Accommodation responses include academic options and social-emotional supports that best fit the identified needs of a KMSD student.


    Academic rigor, student services, staff development, parent involvement and community partnerships are essential components in effective PK-12 education. Adaptations and modifications to curriculum and instruction help the district systematically reach and teach all students during their formative school years.

    BELIEFS

    “Talented children” refers to children who demonstrate high ability in intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership or specific academic areas.

    • All children deserve the opportunity to cultivate their potential
    • Some profoundly exceptional talents (in any of the 5 areas) will need services not ordinarily provided in a regular school program to fully develop their capabilities.
    • We need to have effective parental and community engagement
    • Comprehensive and systematic continuous programming and identification should be PK-12 and beyond.
    • An awareness and understanding of the needs of students with exceptional talent and advanced learning needs require ongoing support, resources and staff development.
    • Quality programming for talent development requires adequate and sustained funding
    • A high quality curriculum with high expectations for all students, delivered by highly qualified staff is foundational to talent development