The Gifted and Talented Program of Peoria Public School District 150 is designed to address the academic and emotional needs of gifted students and high ability learners in grades kindergarten through 12. The Program provides a learning atmosphere and support system that appropriately challenges gifted and talented students and high ability learners. Peoria Public Schools is committed to a school environment that fosters achievement and the realization of each student's potential.
Peoria Public Schools is committed to the success of its gifted and talented learners. To this end, the differentiation of instruction is an integral part of each school day, along with challenging opportunities for gifted and talented students to work together to extend their learning. The implementation of the District Gifted and Talented Program is the shared responsibility of a partnership of teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Additional emphasis is given to equitable access to all, identification of under-represented populations, and focused staff development for every teacher. Students will graduate with the habits of mind to become lifelong scholars, critical thinkers, innovators, leaders, and global citizens.
An identification system based on current research and best practice, using multiple assessments and procedures that are valid, reliable, and fair Comprehensive curriculum with an aligned array of tiered services and instructional strategies District culture and values supportive of gifted and talented philosophy and approaches Professional development across a continuum of staff needs Alignment of resources, structures, and systems to meet the needs of all students
Office of Student
Peoria Public Schools
3202 N. Wisconsin Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
Shameika Sykes-Patterson, District Coordinator for Gifted and Talented Services
Lana Gundy, District Enrichment Teacher
Elizabeth Hahn, District Enrichment Teacher
Peggy Peryam, District Enrichment Teacher
Debora VanHoorn, District Enrichment Teacher
“Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but children have the equal right to develop their talent, their ability, and their motivation.”—John F. Kennedy