Total School Cluster Grouping

Total School Cluster Grouping


Presenter: Marcia Gentry
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 3

The generic Cluster Groups Model separates gifted students from the rest of the class and pours all the resources into them during a small time block, but gifted educator Marcia Gentry says there’s a better way. Total School Cluster Grouping allows gifted students to receive full-time gifted instruction while also helping average students thrive. Come and learn all about Total School Cluster Groups in this 3-hour course.

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Gifted students thrive when they are given individual attention, resources, and encouragement to grow, but why aren’t we doing that for every student? Gifted educator Marcia Gentry says that when you remove a gifted student from their classroom, you are affecting the rest of the students. Instead, she offers Total School Cluster Grouping as the solution to helping both gifted and average students thrive.

In this 3-module course, you’ll learn about the difference that Total School Cluster Groups can make for all of your students. Ms. Gentry says that when all regular classroom teachers are equipped to provide cluster groups, gifted students can receive full-time gifted instruction.

After completing this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of:

  • The difference between Generic Cluster Groups and Total School Cluster Groups
  • Why Total School Clustering is important
  • Total School Cluster Grouping definition, features, and goals
  • How to implement Total School Cluster groups in your classroom

Marcia Gentry directs the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University where she enjoys working with doctoral students and engaging in research and gifted education professional development. She remains active in the field through service to NAGC and AERA and by writing, reviewing, and presenting research aimed to improve education for children, youth, and teachers. She originated the Total School Cluster Grouping Model and works on issues of underrepresentation and talent development.

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