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Talent Development Academy

Talent Development Academy is designed to transform selected Title One elementary schools into Talent Development Academies (TDAs), places of rigorous and high level learning where academic talent is nurtured and developed, where underrepresented gifted and talented (GT) students become identifiable and perform at higher levels of achievement. Teachers will serve as Talent Scouts, finding and developing students’ talents using research-based curriculum and strategies in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. This project is a five year project, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Education Act.

Our already strong collaborative partnership with the College of Charleston will ensure our success in implementing the rigorous and challenging curriculum. Teachers will have a monthly professional development led by a team from the College of Charleston. This grant will provide us the opportunity to grow gifted minds.

  • We will do that through academic innovation with curriculum and strategies that are proven to elevate thinking and promote learning and engagement.

  • We will focus on building strengths by emphasizing development of potential and not remediation. The focus will be on advanced content, thinking, and growth.

  • The strategies will be implemented with rigor, high interest and high expectations.  


Talent Development Academy at Springfield Elementary

  • The ELA content and instructional strategies will be based on work done in Javits Project Athena. The ELA units will be used in grades 3-5, and Navigators and Jacob’s Ladders will be used in grades K-5.  

  • The Science instructional strategies will be drawn from U~Stars Plus. Teachers will be trained to use high interest, challenging learning activities grounded in science.

  • The Math instructional strategies will be drawn from Javits Project Clarion Science and Math Units will be used in grades K – 5. The Javits Project Mentoring Mathematical Minds (M3) will be used in grades 3, 4, 5.


We are excited and looking forward to growing gifted minds here at Springfield Elementary!!!