Gifted in the News

Communicating Effectively with Your Gifted Child's School
Smutny, J.F. | Parenting for High Potential | National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) | August 2015
This article provides parents with a wealth of advice on communicating with their gifted students' teachers.
Editor's Note: One of the most common questions NAGC receives from parents is, "How should I advocate for my child in the classroom?" Dr. Joan Smutny first tackled this topic for Parenting for High Potential in 2002, but her practical, step-bystep approach is still very applicable today. We thank Joan for updating the article, providing new references and resources, and ensuring its relevance in 2015.
When gifted children struggle in school, they often have no other advocate than their parents. Parents attending workshops often ask, "What do I do if my child is unhappy in school?" The answer may seem obvious to some, but to most parents discussing their child's difficulties in school can be intimidating. We often hear stories of parents trying to convince a school of their child's unmet needs, and of frustrated attempts to get someone—anyone—to respond to repeated requests for help. Read more.

Learning in the Land of Lego: A Report from the World Conference in Denmark
By Kerstin Warner Rao - September 22, 2015
In Odense, Denmark, the town where Hans Christian Andersen was born, over 500 professionals and parents from more than 50 countries gathered to deepen their understanding of gifted children at the 21st Biennial World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC.)   Policies to serve the gifted vary widely among these countries – from well thought-out to nonexistent - and advocates spoke of working both within and outside the political systems to create opportunities for gifted students.  The number one idea that I heard over and over again was that acceleration is the most effective and well-researched approach to making a difference in a gifted child's education. Read more.


Small poppies: Highly gifted children in the early years
Gross, M., Roeper Review, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 207-214, 1999
This article by Miraca Gross is a classic on the development and needs of profoundly gifted children in infancy, toddlerhood and the preschool years. It discusses some of the hallmarks of extreme precocity in the very young. Other topics include identification and accommodation of these children. Read more.


What it Means to Teach Gifted Learners Well
By Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D, The University of Virginia
Some people suggest that gifted education is just sort of "fluffy" or enriching-gravy on the potatoes, perhaps, but not anything especially substantial or critical in the way of mental fare. Others propose that all gifted education is what's good for all students. Unfortunately, those two criticisms sometimes stem from observing classrooms where gifted learners are taught inappropriately. Read more.


The Growth Mindset: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

Jan 1, 2015 |By Carol S. Dweck | Scientific American
HINT: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on "process"—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life. Read more.

How Curriculum Materials Make a Difference for Next Generation Science Learning
SRI Blog

SRI researchers found that when curriculum materials explicitly support the features and practices called for within the new science standards—such as including opportunities for students to engage in science practice—teachers can implement the new standards, and students learn more. Read more.

How Do We Know If Gifted Education Works?
A review of recent research evaluating gifted education
Published on Sept. 29, 2014 by Matthew C. Makel, Ph.D and Jonathan Wai, Ph.D. in Psychology Today

Economists interested in education have recently started to evaluate gifted education programs.  Papers with the titles "Does Gifted Education Work? For Which Students?" and "Is Gifted Education a Bright Idea? Assessing the Impact of Gifted and Talented Programs on Achievement" have generated attention in the major press, such as The Atlantic, Vox, and FiveThirtyEight.  Research is a communal multidisciplinary exercise and to have economists contribute their perspectives to gifted education is a welcome addition. Read more.

Bright Kids: America's Most Underserved Group
We've redistributed nearly all resources for the gifted to low achievers.
Published on August 19, 2014 by Marty Nemko, Ph.D. in How To Do Life
Imagine you're in the third grade and reading on a fifth grade level. You're required to listen to kids struggle to read aloud third grade level books or to help a child who's still having trouble with The Cat in the Hat. Read more.

4 Signs Your Grandchild May Be Gifted

Babies and toddlers who hit these milestones may be showing signs of unusual intelligence
By Julie Weingarden Dubin, www.grandparents.com
You think your grandbaby is off-the-charts smart, but how do you know? According to the National Association for Gifted Children, about 6 percent of U.S. children are gifted. Read more.

How Can Teachers Build on Gifted, Hyperactive Students' Strengths?
By Sarah D. Sparks on August 7, 2014 10:24 AM, Education Week
Students with attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder may have trouble adapting to the discipline of the school day, but that doesn't mean they can't tackle challenging academic work. Read more.

What if Special Education Students got Gifted Education Treatment?
Rochester SAGE
Every Bell curve has two tails.  Every line has two ends.  In education, we have special needs students and gifted needs students*.  What if we switched the treatment for those groups? Read more.

About half of kids' learning ability is in their DNA, study says
From wire reports, July 22, 2014
You may think you're better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you're probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person's ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a person's overall learning ability. Read more.

The U.S. Neglects Its Best Science Students
Educators must do a better job of spotting talented kids early, encouraging them and challenging them
July 15, 2014, By Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Frank C. Worrell. Artwork by Danny Schwartz
The U.S. education policy world—the entire country, for that matter—is on a quest to increase the ranks of future innovators in science and technology. Yet the programs that get funded in K–12 education do not support students who are already good at and in love with science. Read more.

Communicate with teachers about meeting your gifted child's needs
By Wendy Skinner, Author and Gifted Advocate, www.expertbeacon.com

When you have serious concerns about your gifted child's needs not being met, talking with his or her teacher can be intimidating. Read more.

Living With the Ups and Downs
Dr. James T. Webb, Great Potential Press, www.greatpotentialpress.com/blog
In honor of National Parenting Gifted Children Week from July 20-26, 2014,  Dr. James T. Webb joins the dialogue about the challenges of parenting and the need to nurture, support, and guide gifted children and adults.
"Parenting a gifted child is like living in a theme park full of thrill rides. Sometimes you smile. Sometimes you gasp. Sometimes you scream. Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you gaze in wonder and astonishment. Sometimes you're frozen in your seat. Sometimes you're proud. And sometimes the ride is so nerve-racking you can't do anything but cry."  Read more.

Things That Help a Child with High Sensitivity and Anxiety
July 9, 2014, By Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, Parenting Topic Expert Contributor, Goodtherapy.org
Anxiety is a surprisingly common problem in children. If your child has sensory processing issues or sensory hypersensitivity, you may have already witnessed how these can bring about or intensify anxiety. Read more.

NCES Releases The Condition of Education 2014 
The National Center for Education Statistics released The Condition of Education 2014. View the full report: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2014083

Bringing STEM Education to Underserved Communities
By Joseph P. Williams May 29, 2014, U.S. News & World Report

In California's San Francisco Bay Area, a nonprofit foundation has raised the bar for local students, with impressive results. In the nearby Central Valley, a like-minded program introduces children to art, along with a healthy dose of "soft skills" like creativity, relationship-building and teamwork. Read more.

Helping Gifted Preschoolers: Some Tips for Parents
By Lissy Woods, Go Ask Mom, WRAL.com
Inquisitive, observant, curious, imaginative, and highly verbal are words often used to describe gifted preschoolers. They can be extremely sensitive to others emotions and display empathy at an early age. Read more.

Teachers Corner: Is Summertime Working for You?
Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential
The school year is flying by, and with the summer break around the corner, days feel more like minutes. Read more.

Is Differentiated Instruction a Hollow Promise?
Chester E. Finn, Jr. May 01, 2014, Thomas B. Fordham Institute 
It looks to me as if one of the most acclaimed reforms of today's education profession—not just in the U.S. but also all over the planet—is one of the least examined in terms of actual implementation and effectiveness. Read more.

Pros and Cons of Skipping a Grade
By Connie Matthiessen – Great Schools.org
What do civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and poet T.S. Eliot have in common? All three skipped a grade (or more) in the course of their educational careers... Read more.

 Developing New STEM Teaching Methods
By Rachel Brody, April 25, 2014, U.S. News & World Report  
As universities continue a national push toward investing in STEM education, administrators and faculty are witnessing firsthand the challenge for teachers. Read more.

 Uppervention: Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students
By Josh Work, Middle School Teacher, Maryland published May 6, 2014, edutopia.org
I've noticed in education the push to provide or sometimes require intervention programs for students who struggle in the classroom. Read more.

Recognize Gifted Characteristics to Help You Raise Your Gifted Child
By Paula Prober, M.S., Licensed Counselor, Expertbeacon.com
Children who are gifted have a set of characteristics that are often misunderstood. Read more.

Effects of Technology on Gifted Children
Technology in the Family: What Is a Parent to Do?"
By James T. Webb, Ph.D. and Janet L. Gore, M.A. - Gifted Education Communicator - A journal for Educators, Parents and Students
Technology surrounds us and changes almost faster than we can keep up with it, and children often are quite engaged with technology. Parents are frequently unsure whether to limit or to encourage time with technology in their homes, and they often worry about the effects of technology on their children. Read more.

Gifted is Not Elitist
By Amy Harrington, Esq. This blog is part of the Hoagies' Gifted Education Page inaugural Blog Hop on The "G" Word ("Gifted"). 

I don't throw the G word around in public freely. We parents understand that though it, too, is a unique need it doesn't compare to what mainstream society thinks of as a special need.  Read more.

Gifted Challenge:  Why Aren't You Advocating for Your Gifted Child?
Gail Post, Ph.D., March 25, 2014, previously published in NAGC Compass Points
You watched as your gifted child struggled with boredom, apathy and underachievement. And at some breaking point, you decided to do something. Read more.

Get on Board for Academic Excellence
By Stu Silberman on April 3, 2014
Americans have long celebrated excellence in athletics and enjoyed excellence in the arts. However, they have been far more reluctant to celebrate and enjoy excellence in academics. Read more.

Teacher's Corner: Take a Hike II: The Encyclopedia of Life
Jeff Danielian, NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist and editor, Teaching for High Potential

Welcome back to the Teacher's Corner! I hope you had fun on virtual hikes in our National Parks from the March issue. Due to the positive feedback received for that installment, I have decided to continue the theme by exploring one of the resources I mentioned, The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). Read more.

The Gift of Emotional Overexcitabilities
By Regina Hellinger

Recent vulnerability research by Brene Brown (Brown, 2010) has shown that the origin of all creativity, innovation, and authenticity is vulnerability. Read more.

 Are Gifted Children Getting Lost in the Shuffle?
By Joan Brasher, Posted on Monday, Jan. 6, 3014 - Vanderbilt University, Research, News @ Vanderbilt
Gifted children are likely to be the next generation's innovators and leaders - yet the exceptionally smart are often invisible in the classroom, lacking the curricula, teacher input and external motivation to reach full potential. Read more.

Even Gifted Students Can't Keep Up
New York Times Editorial Board, December 14, 2013

In a post-smokestack age, there is only one way for the United States to avoid a declining standard of living, and that is through innovation. Read more.

"Just What I Need"
Barbara Swicord, Jaclyn M. Chancey, Micah N. Bruce-Davis, DOI: 10.1177/2158244013484914, Published 30 May 2013
Little research exists on the nature of the interactions between gifted students and technology, specifically the phenomenon of gifted adolescents using Internet-based learning tools. Read more.

STEM Remains Male Dominated
by Jennifer Bissell, Copyright ©2013 Westfair Communications, Fairfield County Business Journal

Amalia Rusu is often the only female in the room, even when she is at the head of the classroom. A software engineering professor at Fairfield University, Rusu said she's used to it. Read more.

Facing Race in Gifted Education

Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., a prominent author, scholar, and expert on diversity in Gifted Education, and National Association for Gifted Children Board Member, shares her thoughts on assuring disenfranchised students get the attention they so justly deserve in Gifted Education programming, research, policy development, and educational practice.  Read more.

A Permanent Talent Underclass: Excellence Gap Among American Students
The circle of high-achieving American students is becoming a preserve for the white and well-off, with potentially severe consequences for the country's promise of equal opportunity, according to a new report by University of Connecticut Prof. Jonathan Plucker and colleagues at two other universities. Read more.

New Analysis Finds Too Many Students Missing From AP and IB Programs The Education Trust

The Education Trust
Programs like Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) are designed to provide high school students with challenging academic course work and a head start on a college education. But despite aggressive efforts — by federal and state lawmakers, private philanthropy, and districts and schools — to expand participation, there remain significant differences in the rates at which students from different racial and economic groups gain access. Read more.

Segregated Education in Desegregated Schools: Why We Should Eliminate "Tracking" With "Gifted and Talented" for All
The Huffington Post
In the 1969 Supreme Court ruling Alexander vs. Holmes County Board of Education, a unanimous court ruled that a Mississippi school district "terminate dual school systems at once and to operate now and hereafter only unitary schools." The ruling, a mandate for non-compliant segregationists, was supposed to finally reverse the tide of Jim Crow era "separate and unequal" education. Read more.

Creativity – And the Need to Nuture It
Commentary by Bob Rader, Executive Director, CABE
"Let us not be the generation that failed to nurture  the creativity of our children..."
Read more.

The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading
Forbes.com - 5/08/2013 - By Ashoka, Contributor      
Joshua Freedman (@eqjosh) shares the science behind what's going on inside your head. Emotional intelligence, he says, is the difference that makes the difference. Read more

 No Rich Child Left Behind
New York Times - Opinionator - A Gathering of Opinion From Around the Web - April 27, 2013, 6:15 pm By SEAN F. REARDON 
Here's a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families. Students growing up in richer families have better grades and higher standardized test scores, on average, than poorer students; they also have higher rates of participation in extracurricular activities and school leadership positions, higher graduation rates and higher rates of college enrollment and completion. Read more.

 

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