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 […]

November 6th, 2012

Accepting Difference Including When a Child is a Prodigy

Jane Brody in this NY Times article titled “Embracing Children for Who They Are” looks at how families cope when one of their children is “different”. Here’s an excerpt:

“One persuasive voice for differences in children and how families must adapt better is Andrew Solomon, author of an ambitious new book, Far From […]

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 […]

September 28th, 2012

Education for All Shouldn’t Be About Rationing Limited Resources

RiShawn Biddle’s editorial board, who cover the reform of American public education in blog Dropout Nation, compiled three excerpts about the difficulty of trying to meet students’ advanced learning needs without exascerbating race- and class-driven acheivement gaps. The piece is called — The Power of Challenging Young Minds. Excerpt authors are: Sara Mead of Bellwether […]

June 16th, 2012

Good Teaching Strategies for Advanced Learners

In this June 15th EdWeek article, Do We Know How to Teach Highly Able Learners?, Peter DeWitt explores approaches to teaching students with advanced learning needs. He recommends that teachers focus on individual student growth rather than achievement, as many highly able learners may achieve high or adequate grades without growing or stretching themselves at […]

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 […]

May 10th, 2012

New Research on Twice Exceptional Students

Sarah Sparks reports in EdWeek on the neurodevelopmental paradox of students who are “twice-exceptional”, in that they have both learning disabilities, and advanced learning needs. The article, titled, “Studies Shed Light on ‘Twice Exceptional’ Students”, is here.

Here’s an excerpt:

Often, when people think of a gifted student with disabilities, they picture an […]

March 16th, 2012

Massachusetts School Improvement Blueprint Addresses Advanced Learners

The new Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a blueprint for statewide school improvement which has evolved out of MA’s Response to Intervention program over the last 5 years. A complete outline of MTSS was recently posted on the Massachusetts Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education website (Fall 2011).

The introduction to MTSS states:

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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 […]