The Brookline Public Schools has a commitment to enable all children to reach their full potential. The mission of the Enrichment and Challenge Support Program is to assist and support classroom teachers in providing for those students who show a capacity for high levels of academic, intellectual and/or creative achievement.
What is the Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) Program?
The Enrichment and Challenge Support Program (formerly the Gifted and Talented Program) is a K-8 system-wide program that supports classroom teachers in providing challenging curriculum and extension opportunities for students who show a capacity for high levels of academic, intellectual, and creative achievement.
Who is it for?
The Brookline Public Schools has a commitment to enable all children to realize their full potential as learners. Brookline does not formally identify students as "gifted and talented" for placement in a separate program. We use a consulting teacher model, which means that the program's emphasis is on supporting classroom teachers in extending and enriching the Brookline curriculum in order to provide for academically and intellectually advanced students in the regular classroom.
How does the program operate in each school?
There is an ECS program resource teacher on staff in each elementary school in Brookline. S/he works collaboratively with Classroom Teachers, Guidance Counselors, and Principals to provide information, consultation, and extension opportunities.
Who oversees the program system-wide?
Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning: A full time administrator who oversees the ECS program in the Town of Brookline and supervises the ECS Program Coordinator.
How are the parents represented?
ECS Parent Advisory Committee: A volunteer committee consisting of one-two parents appointed to represent each elementary school. These representatives serve to inform parents within the schools of ECS program services. They also provide outreach to parents and convey the concerns and suggestions of parents to the Program Coordinator. One parent serves as the co-chair of the committee.
What's happening in each school?
ECS Program Resource Teacher: This part-time teacher serves as a resource to classroom teachers, parents and students. S/he works with teachers to help them differentiate instruction and develop extension and enrichment opportunities within their classrooms. ECS Resource Teachers may also lead whole-class, small group, or one-on-one extension lessons as a way of supporting classroom teachers in a given year. Resource teachers are in the buildings 1-2 days per week. They are also available as a resource to the parent community.
How can I learn more?
It is recommended that each interested parent visit the Public Schools of Brookline website for information about the Enrichment and Challenge Support Program, formerly the Gifted and Talented program, in the Town of Brookline. You will be able to find a variety of resources.
A word about identification...
In Brookline, we do not formally identify students as "gifted and talented" for placement in a separate program. The Brookline program is considered part of the regular Brookline curriculum. We use a consulting teacher model, which means that our emphasis is on supporting classroom teachers in extending and enriching the Brookline curriculum in order to provide for academically and intellectually advanced students in the regular classroom. One way the ECS program resource teachers provide support is to work with small groups of students in pull-out situations - both inside and outside of the regular classroom. These groups meet for a designated period of time, and on a specific topic. The classroom teacher, in cooperation with the ECS resource teacher, selects students for these informal, flexible groups. In determining which students could benefit from direct services in a flexible group, a number of things may be considered:
Important Information and Links
For more information about the ECS Program you can look at several uploaded documents on this Website that describe components of the program in more detail. We have also included a list of links to websites that may be useful for parents who have questions about challenges for their talented students.