How to Make a Star

My recommendation for “The Boy Who Played with Fusion” – a must read for any parent of a gifted child who has a driving thirst for more: knowledge, experience, learning.

“A Nation Empowered” is Now Available

The first study (funded, in part, by the Templeton Foundation) highlights disparities between the research on acceleration and the educational beliefs and practices that often run contrary to the research. The new study provides an update to this work and tells the story of how well we have applied what we have learned. I’ve just ordered my two volume set – but if the following Twitter conversation with Belin-Blank Center is any indication, the new update will show schools continue to deny gifted students the opportunity to accelerate in spite of research proving its effectiveness.

Equal Talents/Unequal Opportunities/Lost Potential

Cooke Foundation recently published “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students.” How did Ohio fare?

The report sets in place 18 indicators reflecting state policies and measurable student outcomes. The results are disheartening.

Gifted Programs and Common Core

A report by Jonathan A. Plucker, Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Education, University of Connecticut, seeks to shed light on what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will mean for high ability (gifted) students.

OAGC Teacher Division Chat

The Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) Teacher Division recently created a Twitter chat “to inspire and equip educators committed to the appropriate education of gifted children.” I am very pleased to be a featured guest on the upcoming #OAGCTDChat topic “Effective Advocacy: What Does it Look Like?” this coming Sunday, November 23rd at 9:00 PM EST.

Girls in Real Life Science

The Cincinnati Museum Center is offering a free STEM program for girls ages 8-14.GIRLS stands for Girls In Real Life Sciences.

Empowering Girls Through “Glitter” Science

During the summer I had an opportunity to attend KikiLIVE 2.0, a one day creative STEM experience designed for 5th-9th grade girls. Hosted by the creative folks over at Kiki Magazine, the event provided opportunities for girls to explore how technology is pushing the boundaries of fashion.

STEM and the Gifted Girl

I consider myself fortunate to have enjoyed raising a boy and a girl, each of whom have had more than a passing interest in maths, technology and science. As a mom I have always been on the lookout for activities which supported their interests, especially during the summer months. But I have also been troubled at the lack… Read More »

Getting Gifted Wrong, For Everyone

My husband sent me a link this morning to a “Room for Debate” topic on Gifted Education in New York City public schools. I have a feeling of dread – a conditioned response – whenever “New York Times” and “gifted education” appear in the same sentence – mainly because New York City seems to spend an inordinate… Read More »

A New Guidebook for Gifted Philanthropy

In a retrospective post written in October on the World of Learning blog (Three Decades of Indifference) I laid out a dismaying set of missed opportunities and our resultant failure to serve academically gifted students in spite of the alarming call to action published in A Nation at Risk 30 years ago.

The very next day I received a copy of Closing America’s High-Achievement Gap, written by noted education expert Andy Smarick. Chock full of resources and ideas for donors to spur high-achieving students into appropriate learning environments, this publication from The Philanthropy Roundtable is available as a free download and should be required reading for any gifted advocate, education policy influencer, parent or teacher of academically gifted students.