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The Depth and Complexity Model

October 29, 2020

A major philosophical tenet of programs and services for gifted learners relates to the creation of an “appropriate challenge” for these students within the general curriculum.  Creating a challenge for gifted learners might be easy to define in concept and harder to execute pragmatically. This series will present The Depth and Complexity Model as a tangible and concrete strategy for modifying, adapting, and/or tailoring the curriculum to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of gifted learners. Participants will be introduced to a set of prompts that serve as keywords for digging into content in many and varied ways. The prompts of depth and complexity will be integrated into teacher’s core content as well as current events to create extensions and enrichment experiences for gifted learners. The series will also discuss how the prompts can be used as a means of creating opportunities for ALL learners to engage and develop the dispositions of a scholar.

Participants are encouraged to bring their curriculum to the series and will leave with a set of “challenge” tasks to extend the learning for gifted students.  We will also discuss how the prompts of depth and complexity can be integrated into other curriculum elements such as Big Ideas, Universal Concepts, and Thinking Like a Disciplinarian.


  • Thursday, October 29, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 19, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 3, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Audience: Certified Teachers, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators