August 15th, 2014

Report on Advanced Learning in the Cambridge Public Schools

On July 29th 2014, the Cambridge Public Schools’ Academic Challenge and Enrichment Program Manager, Paula Feynman, presented to the School Committee and Administration on the state of advanced learning in CPS. Slides from her presentation are here.

The presentation was covered by Jean Cummings in The Cambridge Day, in her article “Difficulties handling ‘advanced learners’ […]

October 21st, 2012

Education Models for Delivering Advanced Learning

How have education models for teaching students in need of advanced learning changed over the last three decades? Two education experts offer insight and data. They are: Joyce VanTassel-Baska, EdD, the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Education and executive director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, where […]

August 28th, 2012

Update on Academic Challenge from CPS District Leaders

Below are answers to questions that CALA coordinator Freedom Baird submitted to the School Committee in mid-August, around the issue of advanced learning, especially as it will be addressed in the new Upper Schools. The answers were prepared by Deputy Superintendent Carolyn Turk, and reviewed by Superintendent Jeff Young.

Cambridge Public […]

May 28th, 2012

Massachusetts Ranks at Bottom for Funding Advanced Learning

In the Milford Daily News, Scott O’Connell reports on the dire lack of Massachusetts statewide funds to support students with advanced learning needs — “Gifted Education Funding Falling Short on High Achievers”. Here are some excerpts:

Often misunderstood because of its name, gifted and talented education is essentially a kind of special education […]

April 4th, 2012

CPS to Hire Academic Challenge Program Manager

With last night’s voting in of the Cambridge Public School’s annual budget, it became official that the district will hire an Academic Challenge and Enrichment Support Program Manager to oversee support and services for advanced learners in grades K-8. The new job position was created after months of advocacy by parents from CALA, the Cambridge […]

February 11th, 2012

CPS Academic Challenge Policy is Voted In

On February 7th, the Cambridge Public School Committee voted in a new Upper School Academic Challenge Policy, as part of the Innovation Agenda‘s reshaping of Cambridge’s middle grades. The complete text of the Policy is below.

Reporter Andy Metzger’s coverage of the night of the vote is in this Cambridge Chronicle article: “Cambridge School Committee […]

February 6th, 2012

Educational Leadership Journal’s Two New Articles on Advanced Learners

The February Issue of Educational Leadership, “For Each to Excel”, features two articles on meeting the needs of advanced learners.

The first, by Dina Brulles and Susan Winebrenner, is titled “Clustered for Success”. Here’s an excerpt:

Cluster grouping enables gifted students, as well as all the other students, to make meaningful progress.

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: