A Design for Gifted and Talented Education
Using a Schoolwide Enrichment Model
Revised May 2009
Dr. Debra Dunn, Superintendent of Schools
Anita Bernhardt, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
The Horizons Program's Schoolwide Enrichment Model For Grades K-8
The Horizons Program is designed to recognize, nurture and develop the abilities of all students through an array of differentiated activities. Enrichment and extension opportunities will be offered within and outside of the regular classroom. Based on the Enrichment Triad Model developed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, the Horizons Program uses the Schoolwide Enrichment Model designed to increase student effort, enjoyment and performance by integrating a broad range of advanced-level learning experiences and higher order thinking skills into any curricular areas, course of study or pattern of school organization (Gibson and Efinger, 2001).
The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) focuses on the development of gifted behaviors in a specific area of learning and human expression. Renzulli's model interprets giftedness as the product of three interacting clusters of traits of above average ability, a high level of task commitment and a high level of creativity. When children possess these traits or are capable of developing these composite sets of traits and applying them to any potentially valuable human performance, giftedness emerges (Renzulli, 1978).
The Horizons Program offers opportunities for all students of above-average ability demonstrating both task commitment and creativity to realize their full potential as learners. These opportunities are best understood and appreciated when viewed in terms of the types of enrichment experiences included in the Horizons Program.