About the Project

Project2Excel Research Overview

Minnesota Laws

Javits Grants


About the Project   

PROJECT2EXCEL is designed to change the way we look for, serve, and support learners who are gifted and also have various additional exceptionalities, including attention deficit disorders, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral and emotional disorders, and learning disabilities. These children are frequently overlooked for gifted services.Results of the 5-year Javits* funded project include:

  • A comprehensive identification protocol for grades K-8
  • Modified gifted curriculum for grades 3-8 in Mathematics and Language Arts
  • A graduate twice-exceptional certification program for teachers
  • A parent education and support model for parents of twice-exceptional children

The outcome of this project is an improved system for supporting and educating twice-exceptional kids so that their academic giftedness can be developed while their learning deficits are addressed through the use of appropriate educational interventions.

For more information about PROJECT2EXCEL, view the PowerPoint presentation entitled Understanding PROJECT2EXCEL.

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Project2Excel Research Overview   

Over the course of five years, working in four districts with over eighty students (grades 3 through 8) and approximately 25 teachers per year, Project2Excel has several research aims. They include:

a) identification of twice exceptional learners,

b) ongoing expert training and workshops for experimental classroom teachers,

 c) effective development of a teacher 'toolkit' consisting successful gifted curriculum accomodations in use with twice exceptional students, for continued broad educator use,

 d) the development of six courses that culminate in twice exceptional education certification for all participating experimental educators, and

e) creation of a resource manual, workshops with specialists, and on-going training/support for parents of both control and experimental parents of 2E students.

This longitudinal study employs semi-annual testing (of areas such as intelligence, motivation, self concept, etc.), observations of student learning in experimental and control classrooms, parent workshops, student narratives, and teacher trainings in order to provide a comprehensive and truly meaningful experience for all participants in the project.

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Minnesota Laws   

Gifted Education

Find specific information regarding the laws, regulations, and recommendations for gifted education in the State of Minnesota.Minnesota state laws/gifted and talented Department of Education – Academic Excellence – Gifted and Talented Education

126C.10, Minnesota Statutes 2007
126C.05, subdivision 8
Subd. 2b. Gifted and talented revenue. Gifted and talented revenue for each district equals the district's adjusted marginal cost pupil units for that school year times $12 for fiscal year 2008 and later. A school district must reserve gifted and talented revenue and, consistent with section 120B.15, must spend the revenue only to:

    (1) identify gifted and talented students;
    (2) provide education programs for gifted and talented students; or
    (3) provide staff development to prepare teachers to best meet the unique needs of  
          gifted and talented students.

Special Education

Following are links you may use to access federal and state statues and rules on special education. PROJECT2EXCEL makes no representations about any services offered by sites to which it links, nor is it responsible for the content of those sites. Please be aware that the laws set forth below may have been revised since this site was last updated.

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*Javits Grants   

The purpose of distributing Javits Grants was to encourage educators to carry out a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the special education needs of gifted and talented students. The major emphasis of the program was on serving students traditionally underrepresented in gifted and talented programs, particularly economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient (LEP), and disabled students, to help reduce the serious gap in achievement among certain groups of students at the highest levels of achievement.

Javits Grants were awarded under two priorities. Priority One supported initiatives to develop and scale up models serving students who are underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. Priority Two supported state and local efforts to improve services for gifted and talented students.

The Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act was cut from the Federal budget in 2011.

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Project Timeline

  • June, 2008 -- Dr. Karen Rogers submits grant proposal
  • October, 2008 -- Grant awarded
  • November, 2008 -- First Steering Committee Meeting
  • January, 2009 -- Steering Committee Meeting
  • February 5th, 2009 -- S.C. Meeting
  • February 17th, 2009 -- First Website Design Meeting
  • February 19th and 20th, 2009 -- Two day training on identification of 2X learners with Susan Assouline, University of Iowa
  • March, 2009 -- Meetings with University of St. Thomas Special Education faculty
  • March, 2009 -- Gathering Math and Reading curricula used in participating districts
  • May, 2009 -- Identification data gathered
  • May 11th, 2009 -- S.C. Meeting
  • May 13th and 14th, 2009 -- Curriculum modification training with Dennis Higgins and Elizabeth Nielsen, University of New Mexico
  • June 12th, 2009 -- 1st Administrators' Breakfast
  • June 28th, 2009 -- S.C. Meeting
  • August 11th, 2009 -- S. C. Meeting
  • August 27th, 2009 -- S. C. Meeting
  • September, 2009 -- Certification Course #1 begins
  • September, 2009 -- Rhonda Filmer visits from Australia
  • September 15th, 2009 -- Pre-assessments begin
  • September 24th, 2009 -- S.C. Meeting
  • September 28th, 2009 -- Classroom observations begin
  • October, 2009 -- Classroom observations
  • November, 2009 -- Classroom observations
  • November 19th, 2009 -- S.C. Meeting
  • December, 2009 -- Classroom observations
  • December 4th, 2009 -- Teacher Focus Group
  • January 14th, 2010 -- S.C. Meeting
  • January, 2010 -- Teacher observations collected
  • February 7th, 2010 -- MEGT presentation
  • February 15th, 2010 -- Certification Course #2 begins
  • February 18th, 2010 -- S.C. Meeting
  • February, 2010 -- Teacher observations collected
  • March, 2010 -- Classroom observations resume
  • March, 2010 -- Parent meetings begin
  • March 25th, 2010 -- S.C. Meeting
  • April, 2010 -- Classroom observations
  • April 19th, 2010 -- S.C. Meeting
  • April 26th, 2010 -- Post-assessments begin
  • May, 2010 -- Classroom Observations
  • May 16th, 2010 -- Wallace Symposium presentation
  • May 26th, 2010 -- 2nd Annual Administrators' Breakfast
  • June, 2010 -- Collaboration with University of St. Thomas Keffer library
  • August, 2010 -- Certification Course #3 begins
  • August 25th and 26th, 2010 -- Training on Meeting the Needs of 2X Learners with Susan Baum, Bridges Academy
  • September, 2010 -- Classroom observations resume
  • September 9th, 2010 -- Certification Course #4 begins
  • October, 2010 -- Classroom observations
  • October 6th, 2010 -- S.C. Meeting
  • October 6th, 2010 -- Teacher Topics #1 ~ Student Profiles with Capitol Hill team
  • October 13th, 2010 -- S.C. Meeting
  • November, 2010 -- Classroom observations
  • November 12th and 13th, 2010 -- NAGC presentations
  • December, 2010 -- Classroom observations
  • January, 2011 -- Classroom observations
  • January 5th, 2011 -- Certification Course #5 begins
  • January 12th, 2011 -- S.C. Meeting
  • January 12th, 2011 -- Teacher Topics #2 ~ Social/Emotional Needs of 2X Learners with Teresa Boatman, Mary Wandrei, and Lisa Larson
  • February, 2011 -- Classroom observations
  • February 16th, 2011 -- Teacher Topics #3 ~ 2X Strategies with Terence Friedrichs
  • March, 2011 -- Classroom observations
  • April 4th, 2011 -- S.C. Meeting
  • April 4th, 2011 -- Teacher Topics #4 ~ Assistive Technology with Ben Peine, Ken Kirkley, Candace Chou, Mollie Sterling, and Mike McGraw
  • April, 2011 -- Classroom Observations
  • May, 2011 -- Classroom observations
  • May, 2011 -- Post-assessments begin
  • May 10th, 2011 -- S.C. Meeting
  • May 19th, 2011 -- 3rd Annual Administrators' Breakfast
  • August, 2011 -- Website redesign complete