Curriculum Models

The Maine Department of Education recognizes that implementation is entirely a local decision. Educators may find it helpful to refer to the following models when developing gifted & talented curricula.

  • Curry/Samara Model. Integrated, standards-based approach to teaching and learning that is used in regular, gifted and inclusion classrooms to assist teachers in meeting the needs of learners at all levels.
  • Frank Williams Model. Developing higher-order thinking skills.
  • George Betts Autonomous Learner Model. For students who seek independent learning.
  • The Kaplan Grid or Layered Curriculum. The components of Kaplan's Grid are the theme, content, processes (e.g., productive thinking skills, research skills and basic skills) and products.
  • Kohlberg's Model. Kohlberg's theory specifies six stages of moral development, arranged in three levels.
  • Parallel Curriculum Model. An integrated framework and set of procedures for designing rigorous and highly motivating curriculum that attends to important student differences.
  • Purdue Three-Stage Enrichment Model. A general framework for program and curriculum development.
  • Renzulli Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Detailed blueprint for total school improvement that allows each school the flexibility to develop its own unique programs based on local resources, student demographics and school dynamics as well as faculty strengths and creativity.
  • Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. An overview of Bloom's Taxonomy, which classifies levels of intellectual behavior important in learning. Provided by Old Dominion University.
  • Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) Model. Results of an eight-year study on the SMPY model.
  • Talents Unlimited, Inc. This curriculum framework highlights productive thinking, communication, planning, forecasting, decision-making and academic talent.
  • VanTassel-Baska's Integrated Curriculum Model. Designed to respond to gifted learners' characteristics of precocity, intensity and complexity through its three dimensions of advanced content; higher-level processes and product development; and interdisciplinary concepts, issues and themes.