Gaining Instruction, Fostering Talents provides the school focus for Abingdon to increase student achievement and community engagement by implementing instructional practices.
The Project GIFT program is deeply rooted in Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences—that is, all students are gifted in several intelligences. The intelligences, as defined by Gardner, are linguistic, spatial, logical-mathematical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical, naturalist, and bodily-kinesthetic. Project GIFT’s purpose is to engage students using a wide range of instructional approaches and thus provide more individualized learning experiences.
As of school year 2010-2011, Project GIFT now consists of the following components:
- Arts coaching provided by Kennedy Center experts Melanie Layne, Sean Layne, and Lenore Kelner.
Wheel Courses: Architecture, Communications, Living Histories, Math Lab, Science Lab, Instrumental Music for all 5th graders, Suzuki Violin for all 4th graders, and Tech Crew.
Learning Alive strategies which emphasize student interactive notebooks across all subject areas (based on History Alive!)
The elimination of early release Wednesdays and the implementation of 1½ hours of daily uninterrupted planning time for teachers.
After school activities that further expand students’ talents and extend the time, if needed, for remediation.
Increased opportunities for parent and community involvement with evening events, such as Library Nights, Project GIFT Showcase Nights, Movie Nights, Fall Festival, Book Fair, and cultural-themed nights.