Levels 1 & 2 - Services Affecting All Students
Level I:  All students have unique interests and learning preference, and they benefit from exposure to possible new interest areas into, through and beyond the core curriculum.  In partnership with support staff, families and the community, teachers modify, adapt and extend the core in response to interests and learning preferences. 
 
Who:  All students
What: Enrichment of core curriculum and exposure to possible areas of interest
How:
  1. Assessment of interest and learning preferences
  2. choices of learning activities within the core curriculum which are based on interest and/or learning preference
  3. Other enrichment opportunities like:
  • Provider Pals, Scientist of the Week, Independent Study in Social Studies, Visualization, 
  • MN Arboretum, WIld Life Refuge, VTS - MIA Field Trip, Guest Speakers

When & Where:  Throughout the school day within the classroom

 
 
Level II: Many but not all students deepen areas of interest through school-based enrichment opportunities.  Students are encouraged to explore areas that provoke curiosity, thereby discovering unique strengths and talents.
 
Who:  Any students showing an interest, propensity or achievement in a particular area
What:  School based enrichment providing opportunity to deepen or extend an area of interest or strength
How:  Students choose or are invited to participate in additional enrichment programming such as:
  • Clubs - lego league, chess club
  • Interest projects - 
  • Enrichment clusters - Book Club / Literature Circles
  • Math Compacting

When & Where:  Before, during and after school

 

Levels 3 & 4 - Services for students identified as advanced learners
Learn more about advanced learner identification.
 
Level III: Some students with advanced learning needs require services beyond Levels I and II.  The core curriculum is differentiated by the classroom teacher trained to provide greater depth, complexity, novelty and/or pacing based on individual strengths, talents and sustained interests.  Instructional practices for advanced learners and grouping are emphasized at this level.
 
Who:  Students identified as advanced learners
What:  Emphasis on qualitative differentiation of the core curriculum with depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing.
How:
  • Grouping for core instruction - Math, Leveled/Guided Reading Groupings, 
  • Content with added depth and complexity - M-Cubed, Groundworks, Math Olympid
  • Focus on critical and creative thinking to solve complex problems within the core content
  • Development of advanced research and product development skills 

 

Level IV: A few advanced learners whose learning needs surpass the curriculum enhancements at Levels I-III might require more individualized services. This may include grade or subject acceleration, individualized learning plans, courses of independent study, or apprenticeship opportunities when appropriate. 
 
Who: Identified students whose needs surpass curricular enhancements/ extensions available in a grade level or subject area 
What: Emphasis on subject or grade acceleration and/or individual learning plans 
How:
  • Subject acceleration 
  • Independent study - Web-based learning