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  April 20, 2010


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 From the Office of Special Programs
 Prior Written Notice (PWN)
     Our state special education policy, Policy 2419, requires that parents be informed of any proposal or refusal "to initiate or change the student's identification, evaluation, educational placement, or provision of" a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The act of providing the information to parents in writing is called Prior Written Notice (PWN). (Blank PWN - statewide form)

     The purpose of the PWN is to provide the parent with enough information, within a reasonable amount of time, so that he or she is able to fully understand the district's proposed action or refused action and to provide a framework for discussion and problem solving. One such action is exiting a student identified as gifted in the eighth grade from special education/gifted education services.

     An example of a PWN form for a student who will be exiting gifted education services due to not being eligible for Exceptional Gifted (EG) in grades nine through twelve is given here: PWN for student exiting gifted ed services-not eligible as EG. This is only an example of language that may be used in this situation. Gifted Education teachers may develop their own and possibly better language.

     PWN is also needed to inform parents of the change to Exceptional Gifted (EG) if the student is found eligible for EG.

From Gifted Education Press

Gifted Education Press Quarterly

      Gifted Education Press Quarterly (GEPQ) is offering a complimentary copy of Gifted Education Press Quarterly Spring 2010 issue. GEPQ is a resource for advocating for gifted education programs in public schools. In addition, the Gifted Education Press web site has the entire Illinois Association for Gifted Spring 2010 Journal in PDF format, which contains 27 articles on advocating for gifted education programs.

Highlighted Site

     The highlighted site in this issue is Tech4Learning. Free videos demonstrating support for Multiple Intelligences in the classroom.

Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Gifted education teachers in West Virginia receive this newsletter bi-weekly from the West Virginia Department of Education. To change your e-mail address or update your information, please email Vickie Mohnacky at or call (304) 558-2696.