• HiCap PLC Resources


    How will we respond if they already know it?

    This page has a collection of resources to help you and your PLC answer this question at your next PLC meeting!

    Below are quick links to the resources on this page:

    Or keep scrolling to learn more about each of these resources!

     If you have any issues accessing the links to any of these resources, please email HiCap@psd1.org for support.

    Nature and Needs of Highly Capable Students

    Identifying a highly capable student is not about recognizing a student for having high grades or rewarding her/him for having a certain type of behavior or work ethic. Identifying a highly capable student is about recognizing that a student has certain intellectual habits of mind and providing them with instruction that encourages further development of those habits of mind.

    Not all highly capable students are alike. There are a variety of characteristics that highly capable students may demonstrate. Click here to see a list of these characteristics, including characteristics that are uniquely associated with students from culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse backgrounds.

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    Student Data Requests

    Teachers can request the data that the selection committee used to recommend highly capable services for any student who was referred in their class. Please email HiCap@psd1.org to request this data.

    Please note: it does take time to prepare the data, and your request will be completed as soon as possible. If you need this data by a specific date, or if you are making a request for a large number of records, please make your request at least one week in advance.   

    Differentiation Supports

    Click here to read about five different ways to differentiate your instruction. This document includes tons of examples and embedded resources to help you differentiate your instruction for your highly capable students.

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    Don't forget to check out our page "Professional Development Resources" to learn about upcoming differentiation trainings, too.

    Our Highly Capable TOSA, Sarah Pack, can also schedule a meeting with your PLC and provide a brief training on how to differentiate your learning objectives, or she can deliver this training to your entire school with your administrator's approval. To learn more, please email HiCap@psd1.org.

    Cluster Grouping Supports

    Click here to read a general overview of the cluster grouping model we use in our district. For assistance with setting up cluster groups at your school, please email HiCap@psd1.org.

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    Our Highly Capable TOSA, Sarah Pack, can also schedule a meeting with your PLC and provide a brief training that qualifies for clock hours on how to create cluster groups using your students, or she can deliver this training to your entire school with your administrator's approval. To learn more, please email HiCap@psd1.org.

    Highly Capable Class Lists

    Principals have the most updated HiCap lists available. If you need a copy of your classroom's HiCap list, please contact your school's administration team as soon as possible.

    If you need any further assistance with your class lists, please email HiCap@psd1.org

    Highly Capable Programming Standards

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    From the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC):

    Standards provide a basis for policies, rules, and procedures that are essential for providing systematic programs and services to any special population of students.  While standards may be addressed and implemented in a variety of ways, they provide important direction and focus to designing and developing options for gifted learners at the local level.

    The 2019 Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Education Programming Standards were developed with input from a variety of stakeholders and review of current research and best practice.  The standards continue the focus on diversity and collaboration – two powerful principles that guide high quality programs and services.  The standards use student outcomes for goals, rather than teacher practices, keeping them in line with the thinking in education standards generally. Because these standards are grounded in theory, research, and practice paradigms, they provide an important base for all efforts on behalf of gifted learners at all stages of development.

    To learn more from NAGC about these standards, please click here

    These standards have not been adopted by Pasco School District or Washington State, but they can provide research-based guidance for PLC decision making. The NAGC standards are organized into the six categories listed below; click to read more:

    1. Learning and Development
    2. Assessment
    3. Curriculum Planning and Instruction
    4. Learning Environments
    5. Programming
    6. Professional Learning

    Highly Capable Laws

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    Washington State has spent the last few years updating our highly capable laws. To learn more about these laws, click one of the options below:

    • Highly Capable RCWs
    • Highly Capable WACs