Talents and Passion Introduction
The Verona Area School District has served the needs of its able learners for many years, first establishing a program in the 1980-81 school year. There have been many changes in procedure and direction in the past decades. Through all of these changes, one fact has remained constant; our school district strives to provide students with an education that is commensurate with their abilities and talents and passions. This is the basis of sound programming and of sound education in general as well as for students achieve a high levels.
The Verona Area School District is required by the Department of Public Instruction to identify students who are achieving at high levels in the following areas: Intellectual, Academic, Leadership, Creativity, and the Arts. The District does not identify to label but rather to make sure we are meeting the needs of all students. We seek to train and thus empower the classroom teacher to recognize talent and assess the learning needs required.
We strive to be student-centered, allowing the school structure to bend or be altered to meet each student's needs. Staff in-servicing on the five areas and assistance with the delivery of a variety of teaching strategies is ongoing. Our staff believes in meeting student learning needs, and makes every possible attempt to teach to a variety of abilities in their classrooms. They have raised the level of instruction in the "regular" classroom to a point that is very flexible and appropriate to many levels of ability. This is where students spend most of their time in school, and we are pleased with the high level of appropriate curricular modifications that occur in the classroom as part of the regular school program for students.
Programming for students who are achieving at high levels is part of the regular school program and thus services to students will be provided through a variety of means. Classroom teachers making learning modifications for students within their classroom or at their grade level is as the base of programming for able learners. As a student shows need for other programming within or beyond the classroom, a learning resource coordinator, along with counselors, psychologists, principals and the program director may offer assistance. Some delivery of the learning needs may also come from community members in the form of volunteers assisting in the classroom or as community mentors.
The Talents and Passions (TAG) website is provided as a resource for both parents and staff regarding background, identification, programming and resources.
WCATY: http://www.wcaty.org/ (click on Explore and then Programs)
- Young Students Summer Program (grades 4-6), Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, held at Beloit College
- Wisconsin Writes: Authors and Artists Conference (grade 5 and up), Milwaukee Art Museum
- Earth Explorer Camp (ages 7-9), Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, Amherst Junction
- Wisconsin Space Academy Day Camps (entering grades 4-8), Barlow Planetarium, UW-Fox Valley, Menasha
- Camp Invention, (entering grades 1-6), held at many Wisconsin sites, including Waunakee
- Nature Day Camps, (ages 2-11), wide variety of offerings, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona and Black Earth
- Introduction to Archaeology (entering grades 1-4), UW-LaCrosse
- Experimental Archaeology, (entering grades 4-6), UW-LaCrosse
- Environmental Explorers, (entering grades 4-6), UW-LaCrosse
- Madison Children's Museum Summer Day Camp (completing grades 1-3), variety of topics, Madison
- New Masters Home Study Art Program (ages 9 and up), through Gordon School of Art, Kewaunee
- Summer Studios for Young Artists, variety of ages and courses, not residential, Peninsula Art School, Door County
- Fired Up Pottery Art Expressions, (ages 8-14), Cottage Grove
- Otto's Art Academy Summer Day Camps, (ages 5-12), Waukesha
- Madison Youth Choirs (ages 8 and up), Madison
- American Suzuki Institute, UW-Stevens Points
- Leotha Stanley's Rockin' Music Camp (ages 8-12), Bethel Horizons, Dodgeville
- MadCAP Theatre Camps (entering grade 1 and up), Madison
- Summer Drama School (ages 9-14), CTM Madison Family Theatre
- Madison Ballet Dance Classes (age 7 and up), Madison
- Tap Dance Classes (age 8 and up), TapIt New Works Dance Company, Madison
- Summer Dance Camp, (day camp), Kanopy Dance Company, Madison
- Kaleidoscope Summer Arts Program (ages 6-9), TapIt New Works Dance Company, Madison
- Bubbles Summer Arts Program (ages 5-6), Tapit New Works Dance Company, Madison