Common Core

Common Core Standards - Rationale

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Click the links below for more information on Common Core:

Guided Reading Levels


Cotsen Foundation's "Art of Teaching"

Cotsen Foundation's Art of Teaching Flyer

Cotsen Foundation's Art of Teaching Slide


CGI - Cognitively Guided Instruction

What is CGI?


Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program

The Myford Elementary GATE Program provides gifted and talented students with an instructional program and setting that meets their unique educational needs. While our educational program recognizes that children have a full range of potential, research shows that some students have unique characteristics, requiring some modifications to the regular classroom program in order for them to reach their fullest potential. The Myford Elementary Gifted and Talented Education Program provides students with a differentiated core curriculum that is designed to provide depth and complexity in thinking, as well as opportunities for acceleration and in-depth research, while nurturing their social and emotional well being.

GATE students are clustered into groups and receive a differentiated curriculum that is challenging and appropriate for their advanced levels of thinking. GATE cluster teachers are trained to use a variety of teaching strategies, and each school plans opportunities for gifted students to develop and enhance their skills. Identified GATE students are provided ample opportunities to receive a variety of appropriately differentiated learning experiences in the general education classroom to extend learning. Cluster programs are designed to meet and exceed the District and State standards.

GATE Resources

  • For more information on TUSD's GATE program, including qualification process, refer to the GATE information page on the TUSD Website
  • The California Association of the Gifted website offers additional resources of interest for GATE Parents
  • Orange County Council for Gifted Education (OCC GATE) held their annual GATE conference in October. Many of the handouts and presentations from the conference are posted on their website. There were outstanding workshops for principals, counselors, parents, and teachers of all grade levels.