Petersburg City Public Schools Approves a Gifted Education Program – Progress Index

On Wednesday night, the Petersburg City Public School Board approved the new plan for the Gifted Education program that would be approved by the Virginia Department of Education. 
“We are currently setting up this program- Mentoring for Mathematics- and we are going to begin next week for people ready for the gifted program,” said Dr. Beverly Fludd-Flanagan. 
A Gifted Program was not available to students last year due to COVID-19 and PCPS wants to see an increase in ethnicities and subgroups in the gifted program. Fludd-Flanagan believes that the first way to increase is to start screening students at early ages. 
“We will do universal screenings for all kindergarten and first-grade students,” she said. 
Once the screenings are complete there will be an implementation of the curriculum and extend services in math for students. A parent of a first-grader was curious about the gifted program and the plan for implementing it because she can see how gifted her child is but she wants others to see it too. 
Since the new plan was approved universal screening for students will begin soon as the program is currently being set up.
Zoe Collins Rath (she/her/hers) is a sports and education reporter for the Progress-Index. For times email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @zoe_jordan99.