January 27th, 2012

Cluster Grouping to be Piloted in Groton, MA

A story this week on the Nashoba Newspapers website describes a pilot program for advanced learners in the district of Groton-Dunstable, MA. The new program utilizes the teaching practice of Cluster Grouping. The article, titled “New pilot program will better address needs of gifted students at G-D“, is by Pierre Comtois. Here’s an excerpt:

January 26th, 2012

Statewide Virtual Learning Launched in Iowa Public Schools

THE Journal ran this story yesterday on a new education initiative in the Iowa public schools. The story, Virtual Academy To Launch In Iowa, is by Mike Hohenbrink. Here’s an excerpt:

The Clayton Ridge Community School District, based in Guttenberg, IA, will team with curriculum and online education provider K12 to launch a […]

January 25th, 2012

CALA Members Respond to Academic Challenge Plan

Last week Cambridge Superintendent Jeffrey Young published his administration’s Academic Challenge Plan, which will be voted on by the School Committee on February 7th. Last night the Committee hosted a hearing for public comment on the Plan. More than 70 people attended, including several CALA members, many parents and students from the ISP community, and […]

January 22nd, 2012

Oklahoma Schools Look Forward to NCLB Waiver

The Oklahoman featured this article by Megan Rolland earlier this week: “Oklahoma Seeks Waiver of Federal Education Reforms”

Here’s an excerpt:

[State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said] “They are now going to be able to focus on each individual child, children that are struggling up to gifted and talented children, because the focus […]

January 20th, 2012

National Expert in Advanced Learning visits Helena, MT

Jim Delisle, nationally know educator and author of nineteen books about and for advanced learners visited Helena, MT this week to give a talk for 80+ educators, parents, and community members. He was interviewed by Alana Listoe for a story in the Independent Record: “Gifted Students Control Their Own Educational Destiny“. Here’s an excerpt from […]

January 17th, 2012

Cambridge Public Schools’ New Academic Challenge Plan

This evening Cambridge Public Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Young will present the district’s new plan, Academic Challenge: The Foundation of Academic Excellence and Social Justice, which lays out how academic challenge for all students will be addressed in the middle grades under the Innovation Agenda. The complete plan is here, and appendices are here. This […]

January 13th, 2012

MA Lags Way Behind Other States in Supporting Advanced Learners

How’s our state doing compared to other US states in supporting advanced learners? Check out this article by Doug Page, in the Dec 29th, 2011 issue of Bay State Parent Magazine — Ignored: Gifted Children in Massachusetts.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Bay State doesn’t mandate gifted education. The last time it spent money […]

January 11th, 2012

New Theater Production about an Advanced Learner

Milwaukee’s Alchemist Theatre brings Project Empty Space to audiences this spring, featuring personal narratives by people who are not necessarily playwrights, but have a story to tell. The plays, produced with theatrical resources and support provided by Project Empty Space, include Outliers, by Grace DeWolff. The story is about a boy who ends up being […]

January 5th, 2012

On School Psychologists and Identifying Advanced Learners

Here’s a thorough Huffington Post article about the way in which advanced learners are currently assessed in the US, including a historical overview of assessment, present-day practices, and implications for school psychologists. Included is a look at definitions of “giftedness” as legally defined by 48 of the 50 US states.

The article, posted January 5th, […]

January 4th, 2012

CALA Statement and Action Plan

Over the last several weeks, the CALA community put together a statement and delivered it to the Cambridge Public School administration and School Committee at the January 3rd SC meeting. The statement officially introduces CALA as an organization, outlines the needs of advanced learners in the Cambridge Public School District, and lays out specific goals […]