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
Principles for Differentiated Curriculum
The success of the Horizons Program in incorporating the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) rests on the ability of the York Public Schools to develop an instructional delivery system based on differentiation of instruction. The following list defines the characteristics of curriculum differentiation:
- Present content relative to a broad-based issue, problem or theme
- Integrate multiple disciplines into the area of study
- Design comprehensive, related and mutually reinforcing experiences
- Provide in-depth learning of a self-selected topic within an area of study
- Develop students' independent or self-directed study skills
- Develop students' abstract and higher level thinking skills such as application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
- Focus on open-ended tasks
- Encourage the development of products that challenge existing ideas and produce new outlets
- Encourage self-understanding
- Evaluate outcomes through use of appropriate criteria for appraisal by the student, mentor and teacher.
As the tides of the ocean and the strength of the mountain shape our community, the York Schools' commitment to educational excellence and individual achievement shapes the future of each student.
The mission of York Schools is to educate, inspire and challenge all learners to be ethical citizens who will make a difference in a changing and complex world.