January 17th, 2014

Are Academically Advanced Kids Human Capital?

In this recent article in Newsweek titled “America Hates Its Gifted Kids”, author Chris Weller argues that extremely advanced learners are human capital that is being squandered by the US education system. Here’s an excerpt:

Tomlinson’s frustrations, much like those experienced by many of the nation’s public school teachers, are compounded by the […]

January 8th, 2014

Invisibility of Students with Exceptionally Advanced Learning Needs

The staff of ScienceDaily.com, a science reporting website, recently published a piece titled “Are Gifted Children Getting Lost in the Shuffle?” The story cites a 2013 research journal article by David Lubinski and Camilla Benbow, of Vanderbilt University called “Who Rises to the Top? Early Indicators”.

Here’s an excerpt from the ScienceDaily article:

January 2nd, 2014

NYTimes Editorial Board Calls for Improved Gifted Education

The editorial board of the New York Times recently published this call to action, asking US education leaders to greatly increase efforts to identify and develop students of every race and class who have both the intelligence and drive to succeed at very high levels. The piece, titled “Even Gifted Students Can’t Keep Up“, offers […]

October 3rd, 2013

Rise in Advocacy for Advanced Learning Programs Across the US

This article in Education Week, titled “Parents Press for Attention to Programs for Gifted Students“, by Nora Fleming, examines efforts across the US to establish services and interventions for students with advanced learning needs. Here’s an excerpt:

“According to Donna Ford, a professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education, minorities are also […]

September 4th, 2013

A Brief History of Algebra 1 Instruction in Massachusetts

Kenneth Chang’s article titled “Expecting the Best Yields Results in Massachusetts” takes a look at the history of middle school math and science education in Massachusetts. Here’s an excerpt:

“Some think it was the added money; others note that successful countries operate schools at much lower costs.

Some think high-stakes testing […]

February 2nd, 2013

New Advanced Academic Centers in DC Area Public Schools

This Washington Post article titled “Fairfax approves limited expansion of gifted-education program” by T. Rees Shapiro, covers the creation of new advanced academic centers in the Fairfax County public schools. Here’s an excerpt:

“The Fairfax County School Board has approved a modest expansion of the gifted-education program, creating more learning opportunities for the […]

February 19th, 2012

Senator Kerry on NCLB Waiver & Educational Competitiveness

In today’s Fall River Wicked Local: “Guest Opinion: No Child Left Behind waiver gives Mass. school districts flexibility” by US Senator John Kerry. Here’s an excerpt:

There’s no better place than Massachusetts to start a national discussion about how to adapt our education system so Americans can compete in the global economy. Massachusetts […]

February 15th, 2012

US Dept of Ed’s New RESPECT Program Elevates Teaching Profession

From the US Ed.gov website: “Obama Administration Seeks to Elevate Teaching Profession, Duncan to Launch RESPECT Project: Teacher-Led National Conversation” . Here’s an excerpt:

The Obama Administration’s 2013 proposed budget includes a new $5 billion competitive program to challenge states and districts to work with teachers, unions, colleges of education and other stakeholders […]

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 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 […]