Tier III Services:
The concept of Tier III services comes from Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis' Schoolwide Enrichment Model, which was the original model for York's Gifted and Talented program. According to the University of Connecticut's School of Education, "The School Enrichment Model provides enriched learning experiences and higher learning standards for all children through three goals; developing talents in all children, providing a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences for all students, and providing advanced follow-up opportunities for young people based on their strengths and interests. The SEM focuses on enrichment for all students through high levels of engagement and the use of enjoyable and challenging learning experiences that are constructed around students’ interests, learning styles, and preferred modes of expression." Tier III services are intended to provide individual and small group investigations of real-world problems. At YMS, Type III allows for student to learn the research process and apply it to projects of their choice.
National History Day is a great opportunity for students to structure their Tier III Independent Research Project around the provided parameters. York Middle School was extremely proud to have students travel to the national conference last spring to present their projects for official review! The 2o18 theme is "Conflict and Compromise." Please check out the National History Day website as it's a wealth of information: