Gifted and Talented

A message from Greg Moldow, Coordinator of Northfield’s GT/Advanced Student Programming

Hello parents/guardians —
I’m Northfield High School’s gifted and talented coordinator on site most Mondays. Even though I’m at 12 other schools, I’m devoted to meeting all the GT needs I can: extensions, enrichments, socio-emotional supports, . . . whatever and wherever.
Here’s a peek at our GT/Advanced student program. Don’t hesitate to ask for more personalized service.
Advanced Learning Plans

  • What are they? The centerpiece of the program. A GT goal setting document backed by a state mandate to ensure that our advanced students are challenged and inspired. To make that happen, we’ll teach students what GT best practice looks like and nudge them to advocate for their goals.
  • When we’ll do it – within the next 2 weeks, I’ll be pulling groups of 9th-11th grade students from study hall to complete them.
  • For our 12th grade students it’s a little trickier. Schedules aren’t quite as flexible, so we’ll be sending out an invite soon to complete them virtually.
  • How we’ll monitor them – Through counselor support, survey check-ins, and spreadsheet outreach to teachers where the rubber meets the road, we’ll hope to do quality follow-through.

The PASS program – Promoting Advocacy, Service, and Scholarship

  • What is it? It’s a special credential on top of the DPS diploma that I run recognized by 17 (and counting) selective college admissions departments. See list below.
  • How it works? To become part of the program and earn the esteem of colleges admissions departments while developing vital virtues, students will ADVOCATE for more challenge in classes, create their OWN SERVICE project, and reach out to professors for suggested readings to further their SCHOLARSHIP and curiosity.
  • Here’s that list of admissions departments who “value the PASS program and believe it will develop students who will be successful in college.”
    • Williams, Cornell, Middlebury, Northwestern, University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Claremont McKenna, New York University, Colgate, Bowdoin, Haveford, Tulane, Santa Clara, Carleton, University of North Carolina, Rice, Boston University.
  • Job Shadows — Many in the works already (law, medicine, graphic design, engineering, etc.). You and your youngster will get invites soon. Definitely open to knocking on doors out in the professional world for a peek at any profession. Just ask. For our GTers these career explorations are a search for purpose, professionalism, & inspiration to see the relevance of classroom assignments.
  • Internships, summer programs, volunteer opportunities (including guidance to initiating service projects that build leadership, character, & college/scholarship resumes), academic contests (in physics, history, creative writing, etc.).
  • Connecting students to college – We’ve got all sorts of red carpet invites from university professors and departments. To cultivate academic passion, students can attend college classes, clubs, events/lectures, request readings from professors. Ask me for details.
  • Teacher Training — I’ve assembled GT student panels to tell teachers what’s working in honors assignments and run a GT differentiation workshop to pass on the latest in GT best practice.
  • Guidance for underachievers and stressed out GT-ers. Not that entropy doesn’t exist in the universe, but “lazy” seems to oversimplify all sorts of factors that drive our students.

To contact Greg Moldow, email Greg_moldow@dpsk12.org.