06-17-2008 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #21


Title
Gifted Add-on Endorsement Program

Discussion

Brevard County has a very successful fee-supported Add-on Certification Program in Gifted Education.  We have added 147 Gifted Endorsements to our teachers' certificates in the past five years, assisting schools in providing quality education to fulfill our mission to serve every student with excellence as the standard.  In the 20 different Gifted Program classes we have offered since July 2003, 93% of the participants were successful completers. 

The current five-year validity period for which our program is approved by the Dept. of Education ends on June 30, 2008.  We propose to maintain the program for the next five years.  Participants pay $165 per course to cover instructor pay and textbooks.  When they have successfully completed the five courses in the program, they may apply to add the Gifted Endorsement to their certificates.



Recommendation

We recommend that the School Board approve the Brevard County Gifted Add-on Endorsement Program and request DOE approval for the period July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2013.



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 5/27/2008
Consent after Information6/17/2008

Authority for Action
F.S. 1012.575

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact
Dr. Patricia Shelton, Director, Certification and Professional Development


Attachment:  Gifted Endorsement Program 2008 to 2013.pdf