Brilliant NYC to Replace Current NYC Gifted and Talented Programs
The city's new “Brilliant NYC” plan will replace existing gifted and talented programs in public schools while providing accelerated instruction to more students
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Beginning next fall, all 800 elementary schools will offer an instructional model that promotes project-based learning, group work, enrichment opportunities, and theme-based instruction.
The city will invest more money into training for kindergarten teachers so they can create age-appropriate learning opportunities and learn how to observe and identify students' strengths. According to the city, this framework ensures that students are taught in the same classroom at different instruction levels while tapping into their interests.
The mayor and schools chancellor, who has been criticized for not engaging parents and students in this historic move, will host community meetings in all 32 districts this year to solicit their feedback.
“As a life-long educator, I know every child in New York City has talents that go far beyond what a single test can capture and the Brilliant NYC plan will uncover their strengths so they can succeed,” Porter said. “I’m excited to get into neighborhoods across the city to hear directly from communities about the types of learning opportunities that pique students’ interests and lets their gifts shine.”
With the mayor leaving office next year, the policy could change with the new administration.
For more information, visit the city Department of Education website at schools.nyc.gov.