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Collaborative Curriculum Challenge Grants for Gifted Announced

Four Florida School district programs have been selected as part of the 2010-11 Collaborative Curriculum Challenge Grants for Gifted. The projects are intended to enhance the academic achievement of gifted students through the innovative redesign of instruction and collaboration. The focus this year is on collaboration with a university and meaningful professional development for teachers who work with gifted students.

The four grant winners are:

  • Florida State University School – Space Technology and Engineering
    This program is designed to incorporate the complexity of technological problem solving in space flight with the science of aerospace engineering, physics and mathematics. Gifted students will learn and work with professionals from these areas of concentration as they manage the various technological problems encountered during multiple simulated space flights.
  • Miami-Dade County School District – The GPEX (Gifted Program Exploring Science Project)
    The GPEX Science Project will focus on improving gifted students’ achievement in science, increasing the number of hands-on inquiry science lessons provided to gifted students, providing professional development to all gifted teachers in the targeted schools, and providing continuing education opportunities through Miami Dade College for interested gifted teachers at selected schools. The GPEX Science project is a district collaborative proposal with Miami-Dade College and the Miami Science Museum.
  • Osceola County School District – Fostering Opportunity and Renewal in Gifted Education
    Osceola schools will collaborate with UCF in a joint intellectual endeavor to implement an instructional redesign and foster students’ development of higher-level skills through Renaissance-themed, challenging activities. Teachers also will receive professional development to facilitate gifted education and arts activities integration.
  • Volusia County School District – Design Thinking: From Insights to Innovation
    This program is a collaborative effort between Stanford University, the Museum of Florida Art, the University of Central Florida, Daytona State College and the Volusia County Schools’ gifted program. Teachers of gifted students and art teachers from twenty-five public schools will train and develop a redesign of curriculum that will focus on innovation, creative problem solving techniques and critical thinking as developed by Stanford University’s Design Thinking program.

For more information about the Gifted Student Education, visit