SST’s Talent Development Programme is based on the ‘Levels of Service’ (LoS) Talent Development Model by Donald Treffinger (Treffinger et al, 2008). The LoS model involves collaboration among educators, students, parents, and the community to ensure that every learner’s educational experience is appropriate, challenging and differentiated. LoS programming focuses on providing oppurtunities for uncovering, nurturing and celebrating students’ strengths, talents, and sustained interests, starting from what they are at.
LoS Talent Development Framework
Level I. Services for ALL Students
Opportunities that provide foundational skills and tools that help all students to discover and build their personal strengths and talents
E.g. Regular academic programming, creative and critical thinking skills and tools, individual learning styles, field trips, guest speakers, Global Citizenship Programme.
Level II. Services for MANY Students
Opportunities that invite students to engage in activities through which they can investigate their interests and verify areas in which they may demonstrate strengths and talent potentials.
E.g. Math Talent Development Programme and Math Olympiad training for selected students gifted in Math and Science; advanced modules in Engineering; Design and Technology offered by NTU and Digipen Institute of Technology; Global Citizenship Programme. The school is also working with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), Apple Inc, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, DSO National Laboratories, to establish a diverse range of learning programmes, attachments and experiences for our students.
Level III. Services for SOME Students
Opportunities that involve alternative learning activities for students to engage in rigorous and complex learning based on their demonstrated performance and documented needs in areas of strength and sustained interest.
E.g. Advanced classes in subject areas, subject acceleration in classrooms, advanced programmes at school or in the community, performing groups.
Level IV. Services for SELECTED Students
Advanced opportunities that respond to the unique needs of individual students who have demonstrated outstanding ability, expertise, motivation and passion to learn in a talent domain or academic area.
E.g. Mentorships, advanced independent research or inquiry projects, internships.