Implementing the Schoolwide Enrichment Model
Implementing the Schoolwide Enrichment Model
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

Based on years of research, the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) is founded on highly successful practices originally developed for programs for gifted students. The following resources highlight the model’s fundamentals and underlying research and provide information about organizational components, service delivery options, and resources for implementation. The books suggest methods for engaging and challenging identified gifted students and provide practical resources for teachers using the SEM and its variants with all students and in different subjects.

  • The Schoolwide Enrichment Model: A How-To Guide for Talent Development (3rd ed.) promotes “a rising tide lifts all ships” approach to school improvement by applying general enrichment strategies to all students and opportunities for advanced level follow-up opportunities for superior learners and highly motivated students.This guidebook shows educators step by step how to develop their own SEM program based on their own local resources, student population, and faculty strengths and interests. 

  • Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Mathematics: A How-To Guide for Developing Student Mathematicians promotes the use of the Mathematical Practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards as the underlying processes and proficiencies that should be developed in students. Teachers learn how to create a culture of enjoyment, engagement, and enthusiasm for all students, and in particular gifted students, while developing students who think and act like mathematicians. 

  • The Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Science: A Hands-On Approach for Engaging Young Scientists takes high-engagement learning one step further by applying SEM teaching strategies and in-depth investigation to the science curriculum. Activities are connected to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and current policy recommendations calling for the meaningful integration of technology and promoting thinking and doing like young scientists over rote memorization.

  • Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model With Technology recognizes that as digital technologies are changing and evolving at lightning speeds, our effective skills for using technology can transcend time by focusing on how to find and use digital resources and tools rather than listing the resources that already exist. Focusing on the skills that support critical thinking and problem solving, decision making, and communication, the authors seamlessly merge technology to launch students toward independent productivity. 

  • The Schoolwide Enrichment Model Reading Framework presents a framework for increasing reading achievement, fluency, and enjoyment through challenging, self-selected reading, accompanied by instruction in higher order thinking and strategy skills. Chapters cover each of the three phases of the framework, implementation variations, and organization strategies, and the appendices provide handouts, booklists, charts, and more.

  • Enrichment Clusters: A Practical Plan for Real-World, Student-Driven Learning (2nd ed.) provides the rationale for using enrichment clusters to create real-world learning experiences for all students, suggestions for creating buy-in, and a step-by-step guide for successful implementation of a self-sustaining enrichment cluster program within the context of specific schools.

  • Curriculum Compacting: A Guide to Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction Through Enrichment and Acceleration (2nd ed.) introduces the strategies that teachers need to understand to implement curriculum compacting for high-potential, highly motivated, and academically talented and gifted students.This practical and inexpensive method of differentiating both content and instruction enables classroom teachers to streamline the regular curriculum, ensure students' mastery of basic skills, and provide time for stimulating enrichment and acceleration activities.