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Gifted & Talented Education Plan

Mr. Ike Wallace leads Pioneer School’s Gifted & Talented Plan.

Plan Leader: Mr. Ike Wallace

The purpose of the Pioneer Gifted and Talented Program is to provide identified students with opportunities beyond the regular curriculum to broaden their knowledge, skills, and experiences. The District is committed to providing quality education services for all. It is the District’s philosophy to include students from all segments of the district population and to also include advanced learners in challenging academic services whenever possible.

The goal of our program is to provide challenging and engaging learning experiences while also providing additional opportunities for growth that will enable children with high potential, talent, and exceptional capabilities to develop to their potential. Emphasis will be on developing self-directed and independent learners while encouraging and supporting more in-depth learning with diverse and creative thinking skills.

If you have any questions please never hesitate to email Mr. Wallace or call 406-373-5357.

Learn more about the Montana Agate: Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education

Pioneer Elementary School Gifted & Talented Education Plan 2016-2017


Pioneer Elementary School is dedicated to meeting the needs of every student. In a democratic society, which seeks to offer educational opportunities appropriate to each child’s ability, it is necessary to provide for the unique needs of the gifted and talented.

“Gifted and talented” refers to children with outstanding abilities who are capable of high performance and require differentiated educational programs beyond those normally offered in public schools in order to fully achieve their potential.

The objective of Pioneer’s Gifted and Talented program is to provide the academically gifted/talented student with extensions for learning; exposing them to a wide variety of educational experiences and opportunities beyond those typically offered in the classroom. Emphasis will be on developing self-directed and independent learners, while encouraging and supporting more in-depth learning utilizing diverse and creative thinking strategies.


  1. Teacher/parent will use HOPE Nomination Scale to refer students for the Gifted & Talented program.
  2. Teacher/ parent referral is based on the following criteria:
    • CRTs scores
    •  Outstanding classroom performance
    • Grades
  3. Parents are informed that their child has been referred for screening and possible placement in Pioneer’s Gifted and Talented program.
  4. Student is screened using Raven’s Progressive Matrices.
  5. Recommendation is made by a committee, using Raven assessment scores, CRT scores, grades, and anecdotal records of outstanding performance.
  6. Before the child enters the Gifted and Talented program, both the parent and child are required to sign a contract, which specifically defines


Instructional Management

  • Multi-grade classes
  • Regrouping by achievement for subject instruction
  • Partial day (or send-out) grouping
  • Grade skipping
  • Single subject acceleration

Instructional Delivery

  • Accelerated pace
  • Discovery learning
  • Discussion
  • Flexible tasks/deadlines
  • Group projects
  • Higher order thinking
  • Independent projects
  • Peer tutoring
  • Teaching games
  • Personal goal setting
  • Open-ended, creative thinking
  • Problem-based learning
  • New content
  • Community service projects


Professional development is considered a vital component of Pioneer’s Gifted
and Talented program. Our school board encourages teachers to attend Tech cadre,
MSSA workshops, as well as the Annual Montana AGATE Spring Conference, as the
budget allows.

Specific Professional Development topics are as follows:

Program Development

  • Conducting a needs assessment
  • Writing a philosophy
  • Designing an identification process
  • Selecting delivery options
  • Creating action plans

Identification: characteristics and needs

  • Characteristics of gifted children
  • Identification of gifted students
  • Social and emotional needs of gifted students

Instructional Strategies: content, process, product, pace

  • Compacting
  • Pre-assessment strategies
  • Higher-order thinking skills
  • BrainstormingProblem solving
  • Extended activities
  • Modification of assignments