Student Enrichment Activities
ZED coordinates enrichment opportunities for students in the member districts. These include: Creative Writing Contest; Choral Festival; Academic Triathlon; Traveling Art Show; Science Fair; and ZED Summer Academy. Support and implementation for these programs comes from the Gifted/Talented Contact person in each district. They include:
Blooming Prairie Denise Hadrath firstname.lastname@example.org Byron Rebecca Newsom email@example.com Hayfield Sara Gillette firstname.lastname@example.org Kasson-Mantorville Jennifer Kujath email@example.com Pine Island Kiah Solberg firstname.lastname@example.org Stewartville Aimee Johnson email@example.com Triton Laura Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
Did You Know......New Legislation to Support Gifted Education.....Congress has included several provisions to support high-ability and high-potential learners within the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) which was signed into law last December. New changes will address how the needs of gifted students will be affected in our schools. Several specific provisions to ESSA will include:
Spring 2016 Talent NewsletterAccording to the Minnesota State Department, districts receive $13 per pupil cost unit for each student that is enrolled in their district.
- State and local report cards must now report on student achievement at the advanced level, disaggregated by subgroups.
- Title I funds may be used to identify and serve low-income gifted and talented students.
- State plans for use of federal Title II professional development fund must address how the state will enable teachers to identify gifted and talented students and provide instruction based on their needs.
- Districts receiving Title II funds must provide training to address the learning of gifted and talented students and may provide training to support the identification of gifted students, including high-ability students who have not been formally identified as gifted.