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Enriching Curriculum for All Students

Enriching Curriculum for All Students

Second Edition
Edited by:

October 2007 | 192 pages | Corwin

"The information in the book is extremely relevant. With the current demands for educational improvement, leaders in the field are searching for new, innovative means of helping students feel connected to their schools."
—Tricia Peña, Principal
Cienega High School, Vail, AZ

"This book does a good job of explaining the purpose, design, and use of the enrichments and their relationship to the general curriculum."
—Laurie Peterman, Instructional Facilitator
Anoka-Hennpin ISD #11, Lino Lakes, MN

Create an instructional program that can transform every student's learning experience!

How can educators spark an enthusiasm for learning in young people? What can classroom teachers do to promote creativity and innovative thinking? In Enriching Curriculum for All Students, Second Edition, the authors present the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM), a groundbreaking instructional program that reaches all students through hands-on problem solving, high-interest activities, and cooperative learning.

The revised edition offers updated research and additional guidelines for implementing lessons to support differentiated and enriching learning opportunities for all learners. Demonstrating how teachers can shift from instructor to coach or mentor, and how students' minds, spirits, and values can be developed within an invigorating atmosphere, the authors focus on:

  • Developing the talent potential of all students
  • Improving academic performance through meaningful, enjoyable learning
  • Fostering a reflective, growth-oriented staff
  • Honoring ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity
  • Involving students, parents, teachers, and administrators in decision making

This vital resource combines inspiration with practical methods and highlights the importance of a versatile and imaginative curriculum that gives all students the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

About the Authors
1. What Is "Enrichment" and Why Is It Important in Developing Curriculum in America's Schools?
The "Why" Question: Why Enrichment?

The "What" Question: What Kinds of Enrichment?

What Exactly Is Enrichment Learning and Teaching?

The Teacher Role as the Guide-on-the-Side

The Four Goals of Schoolwide Enrichment

2. Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to Enrich Curriculum for All Students

Expanding Conceptions of Gifts and Talents: The Theory Underlying the SEM

Developing Two Kinds of Giftedness

An Overview of the Enrichment Triad Model

The Revolving Door Identification Model: Identifying Students for the SEM

The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)

The Regular Curriculum

The Enrichment Clusters

The Continuum of Special Services

The Service Delivery Components

The Total Talent Portfolio

Curriculum Differentiation and Compacting

Enrichment Teaching and Learning

Non-Negotiables about implementing Enrichment in the SEM

Research on the SEM


3. Challenging All Students With a Continuum of Enrichment Services
Background to the Establishment of a Continuum of Services

Theoretical and Organizational Models

An Integrated Continuum of Special Services

How and When Enrichment Activities Take Place

Keys to Developing a Comprehensive Continuum of Services

Organizing Services in the Continuum

The Role of Grouping and Tracking in a Continuum of Services

The Politics of Grouping

Nongraded Instructional Grouping and Within Classroom Cluster Grouping

Managing Within Classroom Cluster Groups

Other Enrichment Options

Summer Programs and Schools for Gifted Students

4. Developing Talent Portfolios for All Students
What Is the Total Talent Portfolio?

Status and Action Information

Focus on Strengths

Portfolio Engineering: Creating a Total Talent Portfolio

Gathering and Recording Information About Abilities

Standardized Tests and Teacher-Made Tests


Teacher Ratings

Gathering and Recording Information About Student Interests

The Interest-A-Lyzer

Individualization and the Role of Learning Styles

Instructional Styles Preferences

Learning Environment Preferences

Benefits of the Total Talent Portfolio

5. Curriculum Compacting and Differentiation
Curriculum Compacting: Definitions and Steps for Implementation

Defining Curriculum Compacting

How to Use the Compacting Process

Providing Acceleration and Enrichment Options for Talented Students

Rosa: A Sample Compactor Form

Providing Support for Teachers to Implement Compacting: The Steps in Compacting

Enrichment Materials in the Classroom

Assessing Students Interests

Interest Centers

Research on Curriculum Compacting

Advice From Successful Teachers Who Have Implemented Compacting

The Multiple Menu Model: A Guide to In-Depth Learning and Teaching

The Knowledge Menu

Locating the Discipline

Selecting Concepts and Ideas

Selecting Representative Topics

A Final Consideration: Appeal to the Imagination

The Instructional Techniques Menus

The Instructional Products Menu

Interdisciplinary Models


6. Enrichment Learning and Teaching: The Enrichment Triad Model
An Overview of the Enrichment Triad Model and Student Creative Productivity

Learning in a Natural Way

The Importance of Interaction

Type I Enrichment: General Exploratory Experiences

Type II Enrichment: Group Training Activities

Type III Enrichment: Individual and Small Group Investigations of Real Problems

Applying the Enrichment Triad Model to Enrichment Clusters

How Can Teachers Learn to Use Enrichment Teaching?

Applying the Type III Process to Enrichment Clusters

7. Applying the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to Content Areas: The SEM in Reading
Phase 1: Hooking Kids on Literature With Teacher Read-Alouds

Phase 2: Supported Independent Reading and Differentiated Conferences

Phase 3: Interest and Choice Activities

Research on the SEM-R

8. A Dozen Assistants In Your Classroom Implementing SEM by Using a New Online Resource for Enrichment and Differentiation

Step 1: Strength Assessment Using the Electronic Learning Profile (The Total Talent Portfolio Online)

Step 2: Enrichment Differentiation Databases

Step 3: The Wizard Project Maker

Step 4: The Total Talent Portfolio

Renzulli Learning System

The Value-Added Benefits of Learning With Technology

Renzulli Learning: Conclusions


"This book does a good job explaining the purpose, design, and use of the enrichments and their relationship to the general curriculum."

Laurie Peterman, Instructional Facilitator
Anoka-Hennepin ISD #11, Lino Lakes, MN

"By the end of the book, I came to have a great respect for the authors' compassion and sense of social justice, which really shine through in their praxis."

Natalie Bernasconi, Gifted and Talented Education Teacher
La Paz Middle School, Salinas, CA

"The information in the book is extremely relevant. With the current demands for educational improvement, leaders in the field are searching for new, innovative means of helping students feel connected to their schools."

Tricia Peña, Principal
Cienega High School, Vail, AZ

"Without a doubt, this book makes a contribution to the field."

Cindy Miller, Curriculum Specialist
University of North Texas

This course will be taught in another year and we may adopt it at that time. It is very informative. I am using other SAGE titles that I already had available. This book came a little late for the Spring semester adoption.

Dr Kimberely Nettleton
Elementary Read Spec Ed Dept, Morehead State University
January 30, 2014

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