Gifted Services

  • Students receiving gifted services can be found in any cultural group or within any economic stratum and require special instruction, services, and/or activities not ordinarily provided by the general education program. Students who are identified for gifted services perform, or show the potential for performing, at high levels of accomplishment when compared with their peers. These students exhibit high performance capacity in intellectual ability and/or a specific academic field.


    Students identified for gifted services in Woodridge 68 will be provided direction, time, encouragement, and resources to develop their potential. District staff members will work with parents, students, and community members to determine students in need of gifted services from all backgrounds. Woodridge 68 will offer these students the differentiated instruction and opportunities they need to be able to thrive and succeed.


    W68 Gifted Services Program Handbook Updated 2022

    Forms and fact sheets

    Appeals Form (Summer 2023)


    Questions may be directed to Leslie Loboda, Gifted Services Coordinator, via email or by calling 630-795-6792.

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      • The goals of the Gifted Services Program for Woodridge School District 68 are as follows:

        • Provide direction, time, encouragement and resources to gifted students to develop their potential.
        • Provide a coordinated, continuous, district-wide gifted education program.
        • Provide differentiated, enriched instruction and curriculum for identified students, which develops high level thinking skills and problem solving abilities.
        • Provide appropriate staff development for faculty and administration in the areas of identification and instructional delivery to identified students.
        • Provide ways to deliver information to parents of students in the gifted program.
        • Systematically evaluate the program.


      • Gifted program at elementary schools

        • Gifted Differentiated Engagement Block for grades 3-6 
        • GDEB focuses on higher level thinking skills within a problem-based learning framework.


        Gifted program at junior high

        • Accelerated course options will be available to identified students:
          • Advanced ELA/Social Studies
          • Advanced Science
          • Advanced Math (by level)


      • When developing gifted curriculum for advanced learners, it is important that the following areas are addressed within curricular units. While not a unit in and of itself, social emotional learning does need to be addressed throughout the curriculum.



        includes but not limited to:

        • Fewer tasks to mastery
        • Standards clustered by higher level thinking skills
        • Pre-assessments used



        includes but not limited to:

        • Thinking and process skills
        • Use of complex texts
        • Use of multiple sources



        includes but not limited to:

        • Concepts from multiple applications (math, language arts, social studies, etc)
        • Original research (in area of passion as well as other areas)
        • Product development



        includes but not limited to:

        • Reasoning skills
        • Advanced resources (above grade level)
        • Cross-disciplinary
        • Stimulating and sophisticated content
        • Technology



        includes but not limited to:

        • Oral and written communication
        • Real world audience and application
        • Alternatives for tasks/products (generate original responses, not choosing from choices)
        • Problem solving
        • Technology


      • There are four steps for identification and an appeals process. The following steps occur in grades 2 and 6 in the spring of each school year.


        Step 1: Nomination

        Parents, peers, staff, and/or community members may nominate a student in grades 3, 4, 5 & 7 who is not currently receiving gifted services for gifted services evaluation by completing the nomination form. Nomination forms are available online  or from the gifted coordinator or gifted specialist in each building. Completed forms should be given to the building gifted specialist. The nomination window is typically November 30 through January 8 of each school year.


        Step 2: Screening

        Students nominated and students in grades 2 & 6 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test 7 (CogAT 7). The CogAT 7 measures students' verbal, quantitative and nonverbal reasoning skills. Parents of students with propensity one or more standard deviations above the mean, and teachers of these students, will complete a district-designed rating scales survey.


        Step 3: Review

        Data collected on screened students will be evaluated by the identification and placement review panel consisting of district staff members trained in gifted education. The panel will determine appropriate placement for gifted services.


        Step 4: Placement

        Parents and students will receive notification regarding placement and gifted services.



        Parents or staff may appeal the identification panel's decision by completing the Appeals Form and returning it to the gifted coordinator by the date on the form. The appeal committee will consist of the gifted coordinator, district administrator and a district parent. The appeal committee will review all pertinent information and notify parents by mail. The decision of the appeal committee is final.

        Appeals Form


      • What is cluster grouping?

      • What are the benefits of cluster grouping?

      • Will cluster grouping rob the other classes of intellectual leadership?

      • What is a Differentiated Engagement Block (a/k/a DEB block)?

      • What are some instructional strategies that impact differentiation for gifted students?

      • What is the CogAT 7 test?

      • What is the Gifted Education Seminar?