Education

How to Make a Star

August 1, 2015

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.

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“A Nation Empowered” is Now Available

May 4, 2015

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.

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Equal Talents/Unequal Opportunities/Lost Potential

April 29, 2015

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.

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Gifted Programs and Common Core

April 28, 2015

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.

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Getting Gifted Wrong, For Everyone

June 4, 2014

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 […]

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A New Guidebook for Gifted Philanthropy

November 20, 2013

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.

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Putting the “M” in STEM

September 16, 2013

The Maker Mom (also known as Kim Moldofsky whom I am calling the “M” in STEM) is partnering with Texas Instruments Education Technology to host a Twitter #STEMChat on Tuesday, September 17th from 9-10 Eastern. I am thrilled to be included in the list of panelists again this year (I had so much fun doing it last year!)

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Is it Bedtime Yet? Join #STEMchat Next Week

June 20, 2013

The concept behind bedtime math is simple. If you ever read a bedtime story to your children you already know the joy of connecting over a book – and the confidence regular reading can instill in a child. In a delightful change on the bedtime reading routine, Bedtime Math founder Laura Overdeck and her husband decided to enhance their children’s bedtime routine with a daily math problem. Intended for young kids through elementary schoolers (three different levels of problems are offered each night) the bedtime math problem is also available through email subscription via their website.

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Preview of a Presidential Library

April 25, 2013

Earlier this month I had the privilege of visiting the George W. Bush Institute on the campus of Southern Methodist University. In the midst of construction leading up to the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the Philanthropy Roundtable held its opening session in the newly finished theater of the Institue. I do […]

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Community based learning opportunities

April 21, 2013

In Cincinnati we are quite fortunate to have many local employers interested in creating opportunities for high school students to become familiar with careers in technology – so much so that they sponsor an annual “TECHOlympics.” This year I attended (again) as a volunteer and wrote about hacking a Kinect motion sensor on the The […]

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