Evaluate the current GATE program and investigate alternatives.
  • Petitioned DJUSD - Davis Joint Unified School District

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DJUSD - Davis Joint Unified School District

Evaluate the current GATE program and investigate alternatives.

    1. Petition by

      PAGE - Proposing Alternatives in Gate Education

As Davis residents and members of the DJUSD community, we believe that the GATE program affects the entire district and all voices need to be heard as the district plans for the future of the program. The district must consider all needs (academic, social, and emotional) of all students, including those who are intellectually gifted. The process of planning for the future of the program must involve stakeholders with a variety of interests and perspectives.

We request the district to evaluate the current GATE program and its school-wide and district-wide impacts, and investigate alternatives in GATE education, including differentiated instruction and other inclusive approaches to learning. The district should share information gathered through this evaluation and investigation with the broad community, and seek further public input after the information is shared. Therefore we request that the district commence and carry out a thorough and inclusive process that incorporates these values and addresses these concerns before adopting a new GATE Master Plan.

SPANISH:

Proponiendo Alternativas Para La Educación GATE

Como residentes y miembros del Distrito Escolar de Davis, creemos que el programa GATE afecta a todo el Distrito Escolar y es por eso que necesitamos todas las opiniones o ideas que la comunidad tenga al respeto del programa GATE.  El Distrito Escolar tiene que tener en mente todas las necesidades del estudiante (académico, social y emocional) incluyendo los estudiantes que son avanzados intelectualmente.  El proceso de planear el futuro del programa ocupa una variedad de personas interesadas con diferentes perspectivas.

Por eso solicitamos al Distrito Escolar a evaluar el programa GATE y los impactos que pueda dar a otras escuelas o al Distrito Escolar en general. Quisiéramos que el Distrito investigara alternativas a la educación GATE incluyendo las diferentes formas de enseñanza que pueda ayudar el aprendizaje del estudiante GATE.  Quisiéramos que el Distrito Escolar pueda compartir mas información a la comunidad de este programa y que pida la opinión de la comunidad donde se pueda referir a las preguntas o preocupaciones que tenga la comunidad hacia este programa antes de introducir el nuevo plan GATE del Distrito Escolar.

 

To:
DJUSD - Davis Joint Unified School District
Evaluate the current GATE program and investigate alternatives.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. DJUSD school board meeting this Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m.

      At the DJUSD school board meeting this Thursday, February 7, starting at 7p.m. at the Community Chambers, the GATE Program will be on the agenda. We are hoping to see the board turn the corner and commit to assessing the current GATE program and exploring alternative models in planning for a future program that best serves the needs all of Davis children. By attending the meeting to show support for the possibility of change through a broad-based process, we can all can help make it possible for the board to take this step and move forward.

      Here is a link to the BOE meeting agenda. Action item 5 is the important one for PAGE and this petition.

      To access the February 7, 2013 meeting agenda, click this link: http://davis.csbaagendaonline.net/cgi-bin/WebObjects/davis-eAgenda.woa/wa/showMeeting
      To access the DJUSD Agenda Online webpage and view all posted agendas, click this link: http://davis.csbaagendaonline.net/cgi-bin/WebObjects/davis-eAgenda.woa
      Or visit the DJUSD website at www.

    2. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Israel Ramirez SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      According to the statistics from the District only 22 out of approximately 650 students (roughly 3 percent of those tested) scored in the 99th percentile on the initial test. Yet 71 out of 96 who were retested (mostly by the GATE / AIM administrator) ended up scoring in the 99th percentile the second or the third time they took the test. This sort of statistical improbability raises serious questions about the identification process. It's time to reexamine the status quo.

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    • Jackson Williamson DAVIS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      As a GATE identified student from DJUSD, I say that GATE is not worth the effort. Though my overall experience with the school system was positive, I did not see benefit from the GATE program. The classes I took because of GATE were not particularly valuable to me, or rather, not more so than the regular version of the class would have been. In fact, I would say that the GATE version was worse. The extra curriculum was not very helpful, and discipline was so bad that in one class I was bitten on the hand after my pencil was taken and hit in the head with a thrown book during a test.

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    • Ronald Burke DAVIS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      To give all our students the opportunity to achieve their potential, what ever that might be.

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    • Inger Lonnerdal DAVIS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe in an inclusive school environment

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    • Betty Pfeifer DAVIS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      As a retired elementary school teacher I always felt that the GATE program was very exclusive and many of the students in the program were just fabulous students and hard workers who were not truly gifted and talented. I felt that any good teacher could challenge these students and enrich their curriculum and the students would in turn bring enrichment and talent to the regular ed classrooms.

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