Virginia Beach parents can learn more about gifted children

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(Courtesy of vbschools.com)

(Courtesy of vbschools.com)

Virginia Beach parents with children in elementary school now have a chance to learn more about opportunities for exceptional students.

A free workshop, titled “Gifted Students: Who They Are and What We Do,” will be held Aug. 10 at Landstown Middle School, located at 2204 Recreation Dr. The session, offered by the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will provide information about the local plan for educating gifted students. There will be break-out sessions about gifted learners, services for gifted students and identifying gifted students. The workshop will also cover parent advocacy.

To qualify for services for gifted students, a student “must demonstrate potential for exceptional performance and academic needs that cannot be met through general education curriculum,” according to the VBCPS website. An identification and placement committee determines eligibility based on a range of criteria, including: academic achievement; achievement test scores; recommendations from teachers; a behavioral checklist from parents and, for visual and performing arts programs, an audition or portfolio.

A schedule and registration for the workshop can be found here. For more information, contact instructional specialist Dornswalo Wilkins-McCorey at Dornswalo.Wilkins-McCorey@vbschools.com or 757-263-1070.

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Virginia Beach parents can learn more about gifted children