Doing More With Less: Challenging High Ability Students Using Curriculum Compacting


Streamline the regular curriculum and create more time for enrichment and acceleration through curriculum compacting. Create a culture of differentiation in your classroom and reduce the amount of time students spend repeating mastered material. Using your own curriculum and grade level plans, develop tools for documenting mastery and facilitating engaging replacement tasks as you create a specific plan for implementing curriculum compacting with next year’s class of gifted students.

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Jennifer Crisp, MEd works as an Enrichment Specialist for Abilene Christian Elementary School, where she partners with teachers and students to facilitate differentiation, curriculum compacting, creativity, and higher level thinking in the classroom. She also coordinates Destination Imagination at ACS and believes that anything is possible when students are inspired to think creatively. Jennifer completed a Masters of Education in Gifted Education at Hardin-Simmons University in May 2013. She frequently returns to Hardin-Simmons in the summer to teach at Threshold, a camp for gifted students.

Carol Raymond, MEd, TAGT 2015 Educator of the Gifted, serves as Director of Assessment & Special Programs and a STEM educator at E.A. Young Academy, a K-12 private school for gifted, talented and high ability scholars. Her educational ambitions focus on implementing methods that meet the social and emotional needs of students through authentically challenging academic pursuits. Mrs. Raymond frequently presents at TAGT conferences and districts across the state about differentiation, authentic research and the social/emotional needs of gifted individuals.