An Educational Services Department:
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT 909-580-6542
Eric Mooney Ed.D., Director of Educational Services (7 - 12) | Nancy Fierro, Administrative Assistant | John Conboy, Coordinator of SDC Testing & Data, | Michael Ramirez, Administrative Assistant | Andrea Hovechar, Curriculum Program Specialist, Science | MaryBeth Richardson, Curriculum Program Specialist, English | Denise Tschida, Curriculum Program Specialist, Mathematics | Ken Soldmann, | Curriculum Program Specialist, Career Pathways | Lauren Tyler, Curriculum Program Specialist, Educational Technology | Kelli VanVelkinburgh, Curriculum Program Specialist, Educational Technology.
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
The mission of the Colton Joint Unified School District, a team of caring employees dedicated to the education of children, is to ensure each student learns the academic knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in college or in the workforce and be responsible, productive citizens by providing engaging, challenging and enriching opportunities and specialized programs in a safe environment in partnership with students, families and our diverse communities.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Colton Joint Unified School District’s GATE Elementary Program is to provide an enriched and differentiated curriculum for scholars who demonstrate excellence beyond that of their peers. Scholars at all levels need to be provided with appropriate learning activities and a differentiated core curriculum. Gifted scholars need to be able to exceed content standards. Standards need to be in place for gifted scholars in advanced levels of depth, pacing, complexity, novelty, and acceleration. The inclusion of these five elements will ensure that our scholars are provided with challenging learning experiences. Principles of differentiated instruction for the Gifted and Talented Learner are: content/ topic, process/activities, product, and environment. These experiences should be designed for all gifted scholars regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
The following are suggested links to websites that might be of interest to parents of GATE students:
California Association for the Gifted
This site has a wealth of information on gifted children and opportunities for parents and teachers to become actively involved in gifted education. This site also links to many other related sites. http//www.cagifted.org
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
NAGC is a non-profit organization for parents, teachers, educators, and community leaders to address the unique needs of all children and young people with demonstrated gifts and talents. http//www.nagc.org
Hoagie's Gifted Education
Resources for parents of gifted children including, articles, research and books.