Jayna Eichelberger has taught in Middleton for 24 years. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from BSU, M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and has a Gifted/Talented Endorsement. Currently she is a member of Idaho Core Teachers Cohort I.
Amy Brownlee has experience as a first grade teacher, earning Teacher of the Year in 2001. Last year, she taught the 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Enrichment Class at Mill Creek. She has a natural knack for gifted learners. Amy earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from BSU. She is pursuing her Gifted/Talented Master's degree while also training as an Idaho Core Teacher in Cohort II.
The Gifted and Talented (GT) team works to meet the needs of exceptional academically talented students and aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction, aligned to the Idaho Core Standards. We support, develop, and implement practices that encourage 21st century skills and respond to the diverse gifts and talents in learners from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. Middleton School District's Gifted and Talented team sustains and engages in research and professional development, community outreach, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with all stakeholders to improve the quality of education for all learners. By nurturing potential through challenging, meaningful and respectful learning experiences, we support creative producers, responsible problem solvers and autonomous learners in a global community.
1. Case Manage all G/T students K-5: Set goals, check progress, identify gifts and talents, report, observe, and communicate. Meet with 6-8 students to set goals and monitor growth.
2. Portfolios: A collection of student work to show growth over the year. Through PLC work we will help to identify the advanced products we hope to see in the portfolios. We will share these with teachers and parents.
3. Testing to identify academically gifted students.
4. Meet the complex needs of our Twice Exceptional learners.
5. Lunch clubs: The week we are in each school we will ask students to join us for lunch to participate in engineering, art, writing, book, math and other clubs to support advanced opportunities in school.
6. Three Talent Development Nights, each hosted at one of our elementary schools. Mill Creek will hold the Legos/Engineering Night, Heights will provide space for our Creativity Night, and Purple Sage will sponsor the Choose Your Own Adventure Night. Dates TBD.
1. PLC team thinking partners
2. Provide Professional Development opportunities K-8
3. Unit Design coaching that weaves in the Idaho Core, Core Knowledge, differentiation, instructional strategies, and formative/summative assessments
1. Communication and advocacy