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VANGUARD GIFTED ACADEMY

Comparison Chart

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Fully collaborative staff implementing a cohesive K-8 curriculum

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Solo teacher applying curriculum in own classroom with few collaboration opportunities across grade levels or between subject areas

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Daily schedule of 3 robust modules for sustained, fully integrated learning (Vanguard model)

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Daily schedule of 8 or 9 subject-specific periods limited by time constraints (traditional model)

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Authentic project based learning: collaboratively working through the process from idea to product to community showcase

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Group projects which may lack coaching on collaborative skills or clear expectations of outcomes

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Teachers with 20 years’ experience teaching Gifted Education all day every day

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Teachers of varied qualifications teaching 30-minute gifted pull out courses a handful of times a week

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Whole gifted child approach

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May be geared mainly toward academically high achievers

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Conferences arranged as needs arise by request of parent, teacher, or student

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Conferences prescheduled by calendar

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Learning at the level and pace of the child in all subject areas

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Learning at grade level

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No assigned homework due to the richness and depth of the daily project based learning activities

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Time-consuming, nightly homework that interferes with family activities and other interests

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Student’s progress available online at any time and reviewed by teachers daily

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Student’s progress reviewed by teachers weekly and sent home on graded worksheets, well after the time this feedback is relevant

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Authentic process for moving from idea to product, all completed by students at school

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At-home projects requiring both student and parent time, resulting in frustration

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Students are coached to explore info and discover concepts; learning is assured

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Teachers tell students information; strength of learning is uncertain

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Blending of academic areas, including the arts, for a full spectrum understanding of applications in real world situations

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Academics structured into, and limited by, subject area

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100% of tuition funding goes toward supporting our gifted program

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The State of Illinois provides $0 in funding for gifted education; school districts vary in how they provide for their gifted students