Prodigies Want to Change the World - Linguistically, they can't all
understand one another. Yet, in the immense arena of the Indiana Convention
Center, there's more than 130,000 square feet of exhibits created by
students who have one thing in common: an innate affection for science. The
1,482 prodigies from 47 countries are competing in the 2006 Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair for $4 million in prizes --
including three $50,000 grand-prize college scholarships.
Gifted Students Become Bully Magnets - Bullying in the gifted-student
population is an overlooked problem that leaves many of these students
emotionally shattered, making them more prone to extreme anxiety, dangerous
depression and sometimes violence, according to a Purdue University
Nation's First Public
School for the Gifted Scheduled to Open Next Year - This time next
year a new public school for "profoundly gifted" students -- believed to be
the first of its kind in the United States -- will be open at UNR. For
purposes of this special school, profoundly gifted means those whose
evaluations and test scores rank them in the 99.9th percentile, children
whose IQs are 160 or higher -- a standard that only 1 in 10,000 students
will meet, according to Keith Rheault, state superintendent of public
The Davidson Institute for
Talent Development - Formed in 1999, the Davidson Institute is a
501(c)3 private operating foundation funded by Bob and Jan Davidson. Our
mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young
people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to
make a positive difference.
Some New Help for the
Extremely Gifted - Misha Raffiee is 10 years old. An eighth grader in
her final year of private school here, she reads up to six books a month,
plays violin and piano and asks so many questions that her teachers
sometimes get angry at her.
'Twice-exceptional' Kids to Enter New Zuni Class -
A new program that teaches students who are identified as both
gifted and learning disabled will begin at Zuni Elementary School this fall.
Easy College Prep Classes Get the Boot -
The quality of Advanced Placement programs is coming under scrutiny at a
time when educators are pushing to strengthen the academic level of high
school class offerings.
Label Comes With Baggage - Here are some
letters about Fairfax County's gifted and talented (GT) program, sparked by
Jacqueline Morgan's May 26 letter about how children are affected by not
being designated as gifted.
Seven Stupid Arguments Against Programs For The Gifted
- What does one do with and for students who have already achieved
the benchmarks of the current educational standards? How can the school
system address their diverse styles and needs when it must funnel so much
time, energy, and resources into bringing all students up to a minimum
standard of proficiency? Modifying the curriculum to enhance the growth of
highly able students is not without benefit to other students, argues
Frances R. Spielhagen & Bruce S. Cooper. It can result in vibrant curriculum
initiatives that energize the entire school community.
Making Sure Gifted Pupils Succeed -
Everyone in Gotham should be proud of 17-year-old David Bauer, the Hunter
College High School senior who won the top prize in the national Intel
Science Search competition. This is an achievement not just for David, but
also for his family. After all, they had to work particularly hard to make
sure that their son received the proper education in our public schools.
Online Courses Help Boost
Advanced Placement Results - More students
are taking--and passing--Advanced Placement (AP) exams in every part of the
country, as college-level work in high school becomes increasingly common,
the College Board reported Jan. 25. Many state education officials attribute
the gains in participation at least in part to online courses that expand
the reach of advanced-level instruction.
AP Test May Change Teaching - The Advanced
Placement test, close to surpassing the SAT as the most popular examination in
the country, is undergoing an adjustment designed to change not only high school
teaching but the way introductory college courses are taught throughout the
country, College Board officials said Tuesday.
E-mail Classes Get an
'A' - Online program in Mesa credible, convenient, free. By the time
Mark Chapman's former schoolmates reach their classrooms, the 18-year-old
senior is sporting pajama bottoms in his living room, tackling an online
algebra lesson through Mesa Distance Learning.
Developing a New Assessment for Aboriginal Gifted Children
- A study organized by the University of New England, Armidale
Catholic Schools and the Telstra Foundation will follow 28 Aboriginal
children identified as gifted through an innovative assessment program.
Before formally testing them, researcher Graham Chaffey gave children, many
of whom were long-term underachievers, a two-hour intervention to break down
socio-emotional barriers that usually led them to do poorly on assessments.
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Bright Students Leap From Middle School to Classes at WMU
- Eamonn Shirey is a busy eighth-grader. He plays
hockey, runs cross country, goes to school and does homework -- about 16
hours' worth every week. He's a typical 13-year-old, but not a typical
student. He wears braces, loves video games and jokes around with friends.
Wise Beyond Her Years - Monica Jain started
college this fall at age 15, making her the youngest of Boston University's
29,000 students. The Arizona native rocketed through her school years,
skipping kindergarten and the 6th grade, then finishing 11th and 12th grades
at the same time.
"Multiple Intelligences" Theory Comes Under Fire
- Although Harvard professor Howard Gardner's notion
of multiple intelligences appeals to many teachers, numerous
psychologists say that theory is not supported by research.
Some educators believe Gardner's ideas led to the demise of
ability groupings in schools, an approach they felt had helped
meet the academic needs of the better students. [Free
Brothers Complete High
School Early, Graduate Together - Two overachieving brothers
were among the Azle High School seniors graduating Friday night at the
Fort Worth Convention Center. Robert Gobel, 17, graduated in his third
year of high school, and Wayne Gobel, 15, graduated in his second. In
addition to both brothers dealing with dyslexia and ADHD, Westin said
that dysgraphia, an inability to write correctly, plagued Wayne.
Cherie Gobel said that her sons did not do well in public school until
after she home-schooled them for 2 1/2 years. Then, she said, they
The Davidson Institute
is a non-profit, national organization that offers
resources to profoundly gifted young people from the ages 4-18
and their parents. The highly intelligent population was found
to be the most underserved. These young people often test
above 165 in IQ, and advance so quickly through standard
curricula, that overworked, under-trained teachers often don’t
have the time and ability to specialize attention and work
plans for these children. The Davidson Institute offers free
services to help recognize, nurture and support profoundly
gifted young people and to provide opportunities for them to
develop their talents in positive ways, creating value for
themselves and society. We have an on-line library of
full-text articles, links, reviews, and more about the
research and thought on how to best serve the profoundly
gifted population www.gtcybersource.org. We offer
free family consultation to parents needing information on how
to facilitate their child’s educational needs, balanced with
the socio-emotional needs of the child. We also offer
financial assistance to young people who join our Young
Scholars Program (free) to improve their education. The
Davidson Institute also gives out a number of yearly
fellowships of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 to young people who
complete prodigious works that will benefit society
Tennessee Strengthening Services for Gifted Students
- Intellectually gifted students will now have the
option of taking more challenging courses online if the
classes aren't offered at their schools. It's one of the ways
the state is trying to improve and expand services to gifted
students in Tennessee.
American Education Ignores Its Brightest Young Minds
- For many of our most brilliant youngsters, school
is a purgatory of boredom and lost opportunities. The new
book, Genius Denied, calls for a major shift in thinking for
teachers, administrators and policy-makers, and encourages
school reform that focuses on attending to the educational
needs of every student. The book outlines specific steps that
students, parents, educators, mentors, patrons and
policy-makers can take to make the system work - or to work
around the system - in order to help gifted students achieve
Skip High School - It's
always been assumed that dropping out of high school is a bad
thing, but a West Michigan lawmaker has a new twist on the
drop out situation with the state picking up the tab.
Frequently Asked Questions on Giftedness
- Who are the "profoundly intelligent"? What are
some of the characteristics of profoundly intelligent
children? How many profoundly intelligent young people are
there? When and how should students be tested for giftedness?
What are some of the developmental issues of profoundly
intelligent children? What about schooling for profoundly
intelligent young people? How do you parent a profoundly
intelligent child? See if you agree with the answers provided
on this interesting website. [Source: PEN]
Gifted Education/Dual Exceptionalities Resources
- FAQs, digests, fact sheets,
groups, links, and programs in your state that relate to
gifted students and children with learning disabilities.
Organizations That Can Help Gifted Children
- Organizations that provide information or
assistance related to gifted children.
Schools, Facing Tight Budgets, Leave Gifted Programs Behind
- Struggling with shrinking revenues and new federal mandates that
focus on improving the test scores of the lowest-achieving pupils, many school
districts across the country have turned to cutting programs for their
most promising students.
Essential Readings in Gifted Education:
The National Association for Gifted Children series Essential Readings in Gifted
Education is a 12 volume collection of important topics from Gifted Child
book is $29.95. All 12 can be ordered as a set for $289.95. Call 800-8187243. Titles include:
- Definitions and Conceptions of Giftedness
- Identification of Giftedness
- Grouping and Acceleration Practices in Gifted Education
- Culturally Diverse and Underserved Students
- Twice-Exceptional and Special Populations (disabilities, disadvantages)
- Social/Emotional Issues, Underachievement and Counseling
- Artistically and Musically Talented Students
- Creativity and Giftedness
- Program Evaluation
- Public Policy
Age-13 Collegian Opening Way For Vouchers? - Single
mother's lawsuit insists only university can meet his needs. In
a case some believe could establish a legal precedent for school
vouchers, the mother of a 13-year-old student attending a state
university is suing California for not providing her son a free
education according to law.
Meeting Needs of Gifted Students:
Problems and Challenges Often Overlooked
- Maria slept with books — not stuffed animals — and
was reading well before kindergarten. Zach was reading
instructions to board games and teaching peers how to play them
at 5 years old. And Rebecca could say the alphabet and identify
letters at 18 months.
Parents Find Programs Inadequate for Gifted Children at Some
Schools - Alex Ruiz began reading at age 3. Now the
bilingual first-grader already is polishing off Harry Potter
novels and adding four-digit numbers. His mother, Dalida, pulled
him out of Peters Elementary in Plantation recently, opting for
a new charter school. She says she couldn't get his previous
school to give him the advanced academics he needs.
Featured Website: The
National Association for Gifted
Children (NAGC) - a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators,
other professionals and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs
of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those
children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate
Grouping Gifted Students - Can gifted students receive effective
instruction in the regular classroom? Lisa Benson, a classroom teacher, observes
that in her experience, gifted students quickly become frustrated in
mixed-ability classes, especially those gifted students who exhibit a high
degree of creativity. Further, she believes that the typical large classroom
lacks the necessary resources to serve all students well. Do most researchers
agree with this practitioner's assessment? John Holloway's reviews current
research on ability grouping in classrooms and concludes that schools have many
options for meeting the needs of gifted students in both homogeneous and
mixed-ability grouping arrangements.
Putting Students to a Big Test - New Prince George's County schools chief
André J. Hornsby will require students in the eighth and ninth grades to take
the PSAT, a national test designed for eleventh-graders preparing for the SAT
college-entrance exam. [Source]
12-year-old Boy Trades His Crayons for Craniums
- "You don't
need any bones today? No bones?" Kyung Yano asks her quiet, spectacle-wearing
12-year-old, who shakes his head "no" as they head out their apartment door. She
wants to make sure he isn't supposed to take his samples of spinal bones and a
human skull to class, where he's learning about human anatomy.
Online Learning a
Virtual Revolution - Taking classes
on the Internet is the fastest-growing segment of higher education.