Gifted Coach

Ashlawn’s Gifted Coach

Donna Bertsch - RTG teacher

Ms. Donna Bertsch

Video message from Ms. Bertsch about the Ashlawn Gifted Program

I am Ashlawn’s Resource Teacher for Gifted (RTG), and I am delighted to be a part of this vibrant community of learning for my sixth year.. I feel fortunate to work with both teachers and students to provide opportunities for learning extensions for all students who need it. I plan weekly with our excellent teachers so that they can incorporate our APS resources for advanced learners and our critical and creative thinking activities into their instruction. I also coordinate the APS gifted screening process for Ashlawn. I will invite the parent community to two parent information meetings during the fall to share more details about how gifted works at our school.

For immediate answers to your questions about Gifted Services in APS, please have a look at the FAQ page on our county web-site.

Gifted Services

Arlington Public Schools is dedicated to maximizing the strengths and potential of all students so they may become self-confident, well-rounded, responsible and productive citizens. Believing that each and every individual has merit, Arlington Public Schools recognizes that certain learners within the school population have unique abilities, interests, needs, and potential for accomplishment. Gifted students need opportunities to think abstractly, work at various rates and levels of complexity, and pursue tasks independently. In addition, students eligible for gifted services need opportunities to learn with others of like abilities, as well as opportunities to develop socio-emotional. Gifted services are implemented through school-based and countywide activities, which comply with School Board and State objectives.  School-based services are delivered in the following ways:

  • According to a collaborative resource model in which the classroom teacher works with the resource teacher for the gifted to develop and present appropriately differentiated learning experiences for gifted students within the general education classroom
  • In the general education classroom setting with identified students cluster-grouped (minimum of 5 – 8) and through a variety of flexible groupings based on ongoing data
  • With teachers who are specifically trained in instructional needs of and curriculum written for gifted students
  • Through curricula which are differentiated or extended from concepts in the general education curriculum, and when appropriate, through opportunities for acceleration and extension

To learn more about the gifted program in Arlington Public Schools please explore the Gifted Services district site page.