Kaveri Gifted Education Center
The schools under Kaveri Group of Institutes have always pioneered in introducing programs and services to cater to different needs of individual students. The school currently offers services for children with learning disability and caters to specific talent development especially in music and sports for the students.
Kaveri Group of Institutes was one of the premier institutes to successfully launch Identification and Gifted Nurturing Program for their gifted students in 2009. Collaborating with Mensa India, Pune Chapter, and the Kaveri Group of Institutes intends to extend its programs, services and experience gained over the last couple of years in gifted programs to other schools in Pune. The next natural step was to establish the Kaveri Gifted Education Center. The aim of this center is to meet the unique and distinctive needs of gifted children in the current
educational system. The Kaveri Gifted Education Center intends to play the important role of a nodal agency where services can be provided to gifted students, their parents as well as teachers from different schools.
Who is gifted?
A gifted child is one who has high intelligence which is measured by standardized I.Q. tests. This is the definition proposed by Mensa and will form the basis for programs and services at the Kaveri Gifted Education Center.
Identification of gifted students in the age group of 10 years and above will be through standardized Mensa tests. Students with a percentile rank of 95 and above will be considered for enrichment programs and percentile of 98 & 99, 99+ will be given the nurturing modules offered by this center. A review of the conceptions and models of giftedness reflects varied definitions, in terms of intellectual abilities, specific talents or with reference to particular types of giftedness. The Kaveri Gifted Center through explorations and experience may consider inclusion of other areas of giftedness with time but focus on just nurturing in the initial years.
Every gifted child should be identified and nurtured towards meeting their potential and thereby contributing towards nation building.
To establish integrated systems within schools for identification and supporting needs gifted children.
To develop protocols, design and execute research projects; and evaluate practices to identify and support needs of gifted children through the following domain areas:
Giftedness Identification and Assessment– Standardized tests are used to identify gifted children above the age of 10 years. On the basis of scores on these tests admission to the gifted nurturing program is decided. Different psychological assessments are also to create profiles of the gifted children.
Giftedness Nurturing and Mentoring– Workshops, overnight camps and eco-tours are organized as part of the nurturing programs. The nurturing program is designed to develop all aspects of a gifted child’s personality and abilities. Sessions are held on Saturdays and during holidays.
Giftedness Counselling– Counsellors trained to work specifically with the gifted offer support to take care of their social and emotional needs. Parents are also involved in the counselling sessions to address issues related to parenting and nurturing gifted children.
Gifted Teacher and Curriculum Development– Basic and advanced courses are offered by the center for teacher, counselors and parents in gifted education. The center aims to introduce differentiated curriculum in science, math and languages for gifted children in classrooms. A group of trained teachers will work with experts in these areas to design such curricula.
Gifted Policy making– Through research and practice the center aims to work in the area of policy making which would ensure that gifted children are identified and nurtured in all age groups from all schools. Policies will emerge from the programs mentioned above and they will be recommended as ‘Best Practices in Gifted Education’ for the Indian education system.
PROGRAMS For Children
The nurturing program spans over three years. Such a continued interaction is important to ensure that the child builds the required skills and is set on the path of becoming a self- motivated, socially responsible and confident individual. The details of the first year program are given below.
Eligibility- Children who have scored 90 PR and above on the Mensa test (Or children who had participated in the gifted program in 2013-2014).
Need of the program
The aim of the nurturing program is to enable gifted children to understand their potential and offer opportunities for them to utilize their intelligence. In school children learn different subjects, undergo formal assessment and participate in various competitions. In contrast the focus of this program is for children to be introduced to thinking skills and life skills that are essential for holistic development. The main objectives of this program will be:
1. To create awareness among children about giftedness, its meaning and benefits
2. To introduce observation skills . To encourage creative expression and problem solving
4. To create awareness about responsibility and initiative taking
5. To identify child’s strengths and areas of concern if any.
How will it be conducted?
The model used for the program is derived from the Panchakosha model from the Taittariya Upanishad of Yajurveda. The model focuses on five koshas namely-
Annamaya Kosha- Physical aspect (health, food, fitness)
Pranamaya Kosha- Sensory aspect (using all senses for observation)
Manomaya Kosha- Mind aspect (Emotional and social concerns)
Vigyanamaya Kosha- Intelligence aspect (focus on thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills)
Anandmaya Kosha- Spiritual aspect (meaning of life, spiritual development).
Sessions will include activities, games, movie watching, discussions and project work related to the above 5 koshas.
At the end of the program the in house psychologists will share with parents a profile of the children. Parents and children will also be offered guidance when required. This profiling will help parents to understand their children and to uncover the many shades of emotions that children sometimes keep hidden from them.
Number of sessions/hours required
This module includes 12 sessions. These will be organized as four hour sessions or overnight workshops on weekends and holidays.
- This program is exclusively designed for gifted children. The level of activities matches their abilities and children are constantly challenged.
- The resource persons provide a conducive environment for children to express, share, learn, make mistakes and be inspired from each other.
- The team consists of gifted adults who have taken similar journeys in their lives being high achievers and facing challenges with peers, school etc. Such common experiences and sharing forms the basis to a lifelong bond between the mentor and mentee.
- Children are constantly encouraged to do better, compete not with others but with themselves. This helps children to strive for excellence in their own lives along with emphasis on collaborative work.
The second year involves specific modules as well as mentoring opportunities to the children. For the third year an attempt is made to assign the child to a mentor from the child’s interest area. The mentormentee may work on projects and have discussions and sharing which may be an enriching experience for the child.
For more information contact:
Sameena Manasawala – email@example.com
PROGRAMS for Teachers
Professional Development Courses in Gifted Education
Why Gifted Education?
In a classroom of 40-60 children if we say atleast 15% are gifted that would mean about 9-10 students. These students require some attention as their capacity to digest and think ahead of the lesson is far greater.
What does a teacher do in such a situation?
1. Do we label such children as trouble kids, or let them manage, the students who perform poorly?
2. Can we give them a challenging task in class that will make them curious, think, churn and keep them exploring?
3. Do we understand their cognitive and emotional needs?
If you are that kind of teacher, counselor, parent who is keen to understand the needs of a gifted child, challenge him/her and enjoy the learning process along please join KGEC for the basic and advanced courses in gifted education for teachers.
The basic course if for 4 days spread out over two months. This ensures time for application and feedback for the teachers based on the learning during the course.
Teachers, Parents and School counselors (An avid interest in the area and some experience with children is preferred).
Outcome of the Basic Course
· Sensitization towards Giftedness
· Identification of gifted children in the classroom
· Assign small exercises in class to gifted children
· Create an enriching environment in the classroom
The advanced level is open for all those who have successfully completed the Basic Course as well as for those who have worked with Gifted children for a few years as teachers, parents or counselors.
Outcome of the Advanced Course
· Insight into motivation and the thought process of gifted children
· Designing independently activities for gifted children in integrated classrooms
· Mentor gifted children in vision building for their future careers
· Facilitating gifted children to achieve balance between their academic and emotional needs
Similar courses are available for counselors and parents. You can write to Mrs. Pallavi Dalvi for more details as firstname.lastname@example.org