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Being Gifted in School: An Introduction to Development, Guidance, And Teaching Recommended by Laurence J. Coleman & Tracy L. Cross
For educators, includes definitions and models of giftedness; identification of the gifted; teaching methods and best practices; creativity; counseling and guidance; administrative arrangements; and program prototypes and evaluation...
GT is NOT... Recommended Tamara Fisher, in Unwrapping the Gifted
A number of people hold misconceptions and misperceptions about what Gifted and Talented Education is all about. These misunderstandings about GT are – sadly – common.  Each of these begins with a misunderstanding – a statement of what GT is NOT (or should not be), followed by a statement of what GT actually IS (or should be)...
Leave No Gifted Child Behind Recommended by Susan Goodkin, Washington Post
Conspicuously missing from the debate over the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is a discussion of how it has hurt many of our most capable children. By forcing schools to focus their time and funding almost entirely on bringing low-achieving students up to proficiency, NCLB sacrifices the education of the gifted students who will become our future biomedical researchers, computer engineers and other scientific leaders...
Myths about Gifted Students Recommended by Joyce VanTassel-Baska


Top ten myths and their realities, including references and resources.  #1 They are aloof, proud of their own abilities, and care little for others.  #3 They do not need special programs as they will be able to perform at high levels regardless.  #5: They benefit from being the second teacher in the room, tutoring others in greater need than themselves. And, Myth #6: They work well in randomly assigned groups to ensure that the work gets done correctly... (requires Adobe Reader)

A Response to the "All Children are Gifted" Comment Recommended A speech delivered at the Indiana Association for the Gifted 1998 Annual Conference, by Michael C. Thompson

These are the times that try gifted educators’ souls.  These are the times when gifted education is under attack as never before.  It is not unusual for gifted education to come under attack. Gifted education has frequently been the target of opposition and misunderstanding, such as the confounded idea that equity is threatened by the excellence of gifted education, when everyone knows that historically, excellent minds have always been in the vanguard of the demand for equity.  What is unusual, what tries our souls at this moment in the history of gifted education, is that gifted education is under intellectual attack...  Also read All Children Are Gifted Recommended also by Michael C. Thompson. 

RtI and the Gifted Child: What Every Parent Should Know Recommended by Michael Postma, Dr. Daniel Peters, Barbara (Bobbie) Gilman, & Kathi Kearney, in June 2011 Parenting for High Potential (NAGC)

Response to Intervention (RtI) is yet another approach to ensure services for children who demonstrate special needs in the classroom. Neither NCLB nor RtI were designed with gifted children in mind. However, NCLB had sweeping ramifications for how money was spent in schools, and RtI may govern how gifted children—with and without accompanying disabilities—are identified and served...

Seeking Teachers for Gifted Children Recommended by Tamara Fisher, in Unwrapping the Gifted

If you are a teacher, chances are extremely slim that you learned any extensive information about or strategies for gifted students when you were in your teacher-prep classes.  Of our thousands of higher education institutions in America, only seventy-seven of them offer coursework in gifted education... Then read Seeking Teachers for Gifted Children Part 2
 
Smart Child Left Behind  Recommended by Tom Loveless and Michael J. Petrilli, in the New York Times
The new study, by the independent Center on Education Policy, showed that more students are reaching the "advanced” level on state tests now than in 2002. This led the authors to conclude that there is little evidence that high-achieving students have been shortchanged. 
Basic Educational Options for Gifted Students in Schools Recommendedby Joyce VanTassel-Baska
...there is a real need to consider nonnegotiable options for this population regardless of age or grade considerations as well as general program organizational approaches employed to effect sound service delivery.
 
Being Gifted in School: An Introduction to Development, Guidance, And TeachingRecommended by Laurence J. Coleman & Tracy L. Cross
For educators, includes definitions and models of giftedness; identification of the gifted; teaching methods and best practices; creativity; counseling and guidance; administrative arrangements; and program prototypes and evaluation...
Gifted Children: Are Their Gifts Being Identified, Encouraged, or Ignored?Recommended by Julia B. Osborn



How experts define giftedness and what parents and educators can do to support a child's special abilities.  Gifted children, like other children, need appropriate education, satisfying friendships and supportive parenting. Problems encountered may be due in part to the common and mistaken belief that children endowed with remarkable intelligence and/or talents have no special educational needs...

Giftedness Should Not Be Confused With Mental DisorderRecommended

We need to celebrate and tolerate individual difference.
Published on March 14, 2013 by Allen J. Frances, M.D. in Saving Normal
           The 3-5% of kids who are particularly gifted are also at special risk for being tagged with an inappropriate diagnosis of mental disorder...   

 

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