Gifted & Talented Specialist

ISD 199 Gifted & Talented Specialist Increases Direct Service for Gifted, Advanced Students
Posted on 09/23/2021
Atheneum ClassroomESSER III (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds) has provided Inver Grove Heights Schools with an opportunity to create new positions that will accelerate learning for students and provide more social emotional learning and mental health supports. Each school now has a Learning Partner who works alongside teachers to determine and support student needs with the goal of accelerating learning. The Learning Partner at Salem Hills Elementary School, Kelly Goodnature, will also be a part-time Gifted and Talented Specialist for the district. Ms. Goodnature will work with ISD 199 Gifted and Talented Services Coordinator, Rachel McLaughlin, to provide direct service to gifted students outside of the Atheneum Gifted Magnet Program and to support elementary and middle school teachers in providing more challenging, in-depth learning opportunities for their advanced students.

With Ms. Goodnature’s help, all students in grades 2-8 who are identified as gifted will have the opportunity to have direct service once a week throughout the school year. Ms. McLaughlin will serve 2nd and 3rd graders at all elementary schools and 4th and 5th graders at Pine Bend Elementary School. She will also work with Inver Grove Heights Middle School and 199 Online Middle School students in all grades, 6th-8th, on enrichment projects. Ms. Goodnature will serve 4th and 5th graders at Salem Hills, Hilltop Elementary School, and 199 Online Elementary School.