Enrichment at NPCS

SNAPSHOT: Schoolwide Enrichment Model @ NPCS

  • Background of The Schoolwide Enrichment Model

    The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM, Renzulli, 1977; Renzulli & Reis, 1985, 1997, 2014) is widely implemented as a both an enrichment program used with academically gifted and talented students and as a magnet theme/enrichment approach for all students. The theme of the SEM is to develop the strengths and talents of all students.

    The SEM provides enriched learning experiences and higher learning standards for all children through three goals:

    • developing talents in all children,
    • providing a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences for all students, and
    • providing advanced follow-up opportunities for young people based on their strengths and interests.

    SEM triangle

    Type 1 Enrichment

    All students will participate in a Type 1 Enrichment each week. The purpose of a type 1 experience is to expose students to various materials, careers, places, opportunities, and our community. We will achieve this through hands-on lessons/experiments, field trips, hosting community members, career days, virtual field trips, and other opportunities to bring the outside world in to NPCS.

    Type 2 Enrichment

    Most students will participate in Type 2 Enrichment during their small group instructional time in their classrooms throughout all subject areas. This is an extension to a typical “differentiated instruction” time. Students will

    Type 3 Enrichment

    Some students will participate in Type 3 Enrichment during a grade-wide “Response to Intervention” time. During this block (4 times out of a 6-day cycle for 40 minutes), students will be in groups based on their readiness level from the previous 5 weeks. Students who have shown a higher readiness level for previous skills will participate in a hands-on project which will include all subject areas, research, applying various types of skills, and allowing for interest-based choices. Groups will be fluid and change approximately every 5 weeks.