Enrichment Program at BCE
ENGAGE, EMPOWER, INSPIRE
“Every child should have the chance to be exceptional without exception.”
~ Dr. Joseph Renzulli
Now in its fourth year, all children participate in the School-wide Enrichment Model. The program is based on the School-wide Enrichment Model developed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli. The philosophy of the model is built on a set of pedagogical beliefs:
1. Each learner is unique.
2. Learning is more effective when students enjoy what they are doing.
3. Learning is more meaningful when content and process focus on a real problem.
We run a revised schedule on Fridays (1:50-2:50 pm) with minimal or no impact on core class instructional time in order to allow for E-Slot. During E-Slot children either participate in a multi-grade level enrichment cluster rotation for a 6-8 week period or they participate in enriching activities in the classroom. Enrichment occurs all week long at BCE through classroom lessons that are designed to engage and enrich students. E-Slot is a block of time dedicated to enrichment that is more focused on student interests.
An enrichment cluster is a learning situation that is purposefully designed to produce a product or service that will have an impact on an intended audience. Children explore a potential area of interest or talent in a small multi-age group. A teacher or parent who also has a passion for the topic facilitates the group.
During the first three weeks of school, all students take interest surveys. This data helps the teachers gather ideas for enrichment activities in the classroom offered during the E-Slot block of time. The data is also used to create topics for cluster sessions. Fourth and fifth grades participate in enrichment clusters in the fall. Second and third grades start their sessions right after winter break. Kindergarten and first grade begin their sessions right after Spring Break. The children participating in the Enrichment Clusters choose their top choices from a list of topics based on the most popular topics from the interest surveys for their respective grade level groups.
The enrichment activities in the classroom and the Enrichment Clusters both focus on student strengths and talents. Enrichment activities in the classroom are more fluid in topics, time frame and groupings. Students may also be introduced to a potential area of interest. In addition, Service Projects are considered enriching opportunities for children. Clusters have more structure with an end product or service; and, students choose topics from a list. An Enrichment Cluster Showcase will follow each set of sessions.
You are welcome to read more about the School-wide Enrichment Model at http://gifted.uconn.edu/schoolwide-enrichment-model/about_sem/ . You can also view photos from last year by clicking on one of the links at the top of this page. One link is dedicated to E-Slot: Classrooms (enriching activities in the classroom) and the other is dedicated to Enrichment Clusters.
How would you like to be involved in this exciting opportunity for you child?
1. Would you be willing to serve as a guest speaker in your area of interest or talent for your child’s classroom? Please contact your child’s teacher.
2. Would you be willing to serve as a guest speaker in your area of interest or talent for any classroom? We are starting a guest speaker’s list. Please contact Mo Greulich a firstname.lastname@example.org .
This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and teachers to work as a team to engage, empower, and inspire all of our children at Barton Creek Elementary.
BCE Enrichment Steering Committee