Gifted education

Schools Should Use Both Ability Grouping and Acceleration to Help Academically Talented Students

February 9, 2017

What effective educational technique has been proven time and time again to benefit the academic achievement of millions of students in U.S. schools, yet is rarely used? Ability grouping. If committed educators could be easily trained to implement a low-cost intervention that boasted consistent learning gains for all students, headlines would herald the discovery of […]

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Screening for Gold

February 9, 2017

While in elementary school and after the end of the year assessments required by our district and state my son’s teacher told her third grade class that there was one more test to take: but this one was a fun test. Not only did they not have to take it seriously, but they could make […]

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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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OAGC Teacher Division Chat

November 18, 2014

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.

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Empowering Girls Through “Glitter” Science

October 20, 2014

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.

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STEM and the Gifted Girl

July 7, 2014

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 […]

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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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