Davidson Institute for Talent Development

July 4, 2012

A consistent application of democratic education requires differentiation for all students – even the gifted ones. Schools that do not accommodate these learners place them in highly restrictive environments. No wonder they fail to thrive.

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The Importance of Being Wilder

June 27, 2012

Our annual beach vacation goes something like this: we set up shop at the beach and park it there until we are too sunburned to venture forth in the midday sun (usually about mid-week). Then my husband starts to talk about “driving up the coast a bit” to see what’s new. And that’s where he […]

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Data visualization

October 25, 2011

So all this got me thinking about data visualization in the education sector and political arenas. Making all that data available and visually appealing while holding on to accuracy is a challenge – particularly in the digital space where agate type resolution is iffy at best and EVERYTHING is footnoted. Enter politics and the reform candidacy of Ross Perot and his infamous pie charts – such simple and clear data visualization tool quickly embraced by the USA Today’s of the reporting sector. But are they accurate? Do they give us a down and dirty quick take on trend lines – or do they etch themselves onto our retinas and define the essence of what is important?

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Digital learning and the high ability student

September 5, 2011

Online or digital learning has been the go-to resource for parents of high ability students for quite some time. What online or digital resources have you found to be the most engaging or successful for your student?

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Much Ado About Value Added

September 6, 2010

The concept is simply this: that by identifying those students who, year after year, show up to school already at or above grade level – students who would ordinarily be doomed to relearning what they already know – we can provide them with suitable interventions so that they can actually learn something. Holding schools accountable for adding value – or teaching a year’s worth of material – can demonstrate the shortcomings of limited differentiation and encourage teachers and schools to identify and serve high ability students – rather than allowing them to languish and, in some cases, tune out to learning completely.

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Pitfalls in Listening to Experts

July 5, 2010

The most troubling statement Hemphill makes? “Children need to learn that hard work is more important than being born with a high IQ.” Such venom!

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