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:

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 […]

September 1st, 2012

Introducing CPS’s new Academic Challenge Program Manager

I’m very happy to report that this week CPS Deputy Superintendent Carolyn Turk introduced the school district’s new Academic Challenge and Enrichment Support Program Manager. She is Paula Feynman, who has in recent years worked as a 6th grade science teacher in Sudbury, MA. She is very skilled in project-based learning and differentiating instruction, in […]

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 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 […]

April 20th, 2012

Race & Gender Bias in How Teachers Perceive Math Ability

This week’s Freakonomics blog says: “A disheartening new study by Catherine Riegle-Crumb and Melissa Humphries finds that teachers discount the math skills of white females, even when girls’ grades and test scores indicate a comparable level of skill.” The blog post is here, and the research paper, Exploring Bias in Math Teachers’ Perceptions of Students’ […]

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 […]

March 26th, 2012

Jimmy Tingle to Host “Are You as Smart as a CRLS Student” Quiz Show

This thursday, bring your general knowledge and trivia smarts out as community members pit themselves against CRLS students in a battle of the brains! Cambridge comedic legend Jimmy Tingle will host the event at the Fitzgerald Auditorium, 7pm-9pm. Here’s an excerpt from the write-up in the Cambridge Chronicle, titled “Jimmy Tingle to host Cambridge Rindge […]