Total School Cluster Grouping


Presenter: Marcia Gentry
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 3

The generic Cluster Groups Model separates gifted students from the rest of the class and pours all the resources into them during a small time block, but gifted educator Marcia Gentry says there’s a better way. Total School Cluster Grouping allows gifted students to receive full-time gifted instruction while also helping average students thrive. Come and learn all about Total School Cluster Groups in this 3-hour course.

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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Gifted students thrive when they are given individual attention, resources, and encouragement to grow, but why aren’t we doing that for every student? Gifted educator Marcia Gentry says that when you remove a gifted student from their classroom, you are affecting the rest of the students. Instead, she offers Total School Cluster Grouping as the solution to helping both gifted and average students thrive.

In this 3-module course, you’ll learn about the difference that Total School Cluster Groups can make for all of your students. Ms. Gentry says that when all regular classroom teachers are equipped to provide cluster groups, gifted students can receive full-time gifted instruction.

After completing this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of: 

  • The difference between Generic Cluster Groups and Total School Cluster Groups
  • Why Total School Clustering is important
  • Total School Cluster Grouping definition, features, and goals
  • How to implement Total School Cluster groups in your classroom

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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32 reviews for Total School Cluster Grouping

  1. Kathryn – Private Pay (verified owner)

    This course is a good overview of the rationale for TSCG, the procedures for creating cluster classrooms, and the research that supports the positive outcomes of this practice.

  2. Alexander – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Cluster grouping is an outside the box way of instructing students that I think we all need to spend more time considering.

  3. Melissa – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Great videos

  4. Pedro – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Updated information should be provided due to COVID numbers.

  5. Corine – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Updated imformation to recent shcool year.

  6. Celina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The course was very interesting.

  7. Karla – AUSTIN ISD (verified owner)

    Very knowledgeable, personable and gave great information.

  8. Audrey – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    Great course! Easy to follow!


    I enjoyed this course and learned a lot about the benefits of cluster grouping. It was very interesting.

  10. Juan – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Very Informative.

  11. Tannesha – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

    Wonderful presentation!

  12. Keila – Private Pay (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed it.

  13. Tania – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good course.

  14. Elizabeth – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

  15. Melissa – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  16. Lynsie – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    very helpful

  17. David – Private Pay (verified owner)

    The course was pretty good.

  18. Jennifer – NEWARK CITY (verified owner)

    This course explained how group clustering works for all types of learners

  19. Stephanie – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Well done

  20. Carmen – SOCORRO ISD (verified owner)

    This was a very informative course. The discussions about how gifted clusters help all types of students is something that really surprised me. Flexibility and fidelity to Total Cluster School program will give ALL your students success and confidence.

  21. Gerard – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    Very good information.

  22. Melisa – SOUTHWEST ISD (verified owner)

    The instructor does a fabulous job sharing her passion and gets us excited to want to jump on board. This makes sense!! Why are we not all grouping?!

  23. Juan – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    Great course!!!

  24. Rebecca – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    All the focus on statistics was way too much. The 3rd module kept repeating itself too much.

  25. Katherine – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    It was very interesting.

  26. Ashley – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    This course was very interesting! We already use some of the pieces mentioned, but I would love to explore this further. The main goal of this model is to have ALL students increasing their achievement level and for the teachers to be happy.

  27. Ilene – SAN DIEGO ISD (verified owner)

    great course! very insightful!

  28. Peter – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Great data, may or may not be picked up by the district as each district may not believe in the data.

  29. Adriana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This training was super interesting! It was full of useful information that I feel would benefit a lot of teachers and students alike.

  30. Michael – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    TSCG is a useful method for building class lists so that teachers can meet all students’ individual needs so that all students can achieve.

  31. Marc – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great introduction to Total School Cluster Grouping. Also, the Harry Potter references really helped me to grasp the concept!

  32. Brian – REYNOLDSBURG CITY (verified owner)

    Great information, but presentation often lacked visuals/videos that would’ve kept me more engaged.

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