Districts establish and implement plans to support the social and emotional development of gifted learners to increase responsibility, self-awareness, and other issues of affective development.
- Counselors and psychologists at all levels are available to support the emotional needs of our students. When appropriate, students are referred to coordinating community agencies.
- Teachers, counselors, and parents collaborate to design and implement interventions for at-risk gifted students. Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG) parent groups are an additional resource.
- Teachers, counselors, and administrators are trained to recognize indices/symptoms of at-risk behavior in gifted students. Teachers are provided with lists of potential at-risk behaviors. Referral procedures are in place at all sites. Counselors can provide services to students and make referrals to outside agencies, such as Interface, Ventura County Mental Health, and Child Protective Services, when necessary.
- Our district policy prohibits dropping a student from GATE due to social/emotional issues. Instead, they are referred for counseling services or other necessary support. Counselors and teachers work together to create an individual intervention plan.
- Through GATE mailings and OPAGE meetings parents are made aware of available counseling and support through our SENG group.
- We believe that collaboration among parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators is imperative to provide appropriate intervention for at-risk students. Through the SST process all involved adults determine the best intervention strategies.