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Multi-Cultural Gifted Students
Known as Culturally and Linguistically
Diverse (CLD), English Second Language (ESL), Limited English Proficient (LEP), English Language Learners (ELL)... No wonder we
don't afford them the opportunities they deserve.
We don't even agree on who they are or what to call them, much less how to assess, instruct and
Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students From
by Jaime A. Castellano and Andrea Dawn Frazier (or from
- Leading experts in the field combine their knowledge of and leadership
experience with gifted students from diverse backgrounds to help include
historically underrepresented students in gifted education programs that
serve our most able students. Raises the awareness level and knowledge base
of all educators, particularly teachers of the gifted, with focus on topics
such as gifted education in rural environments, highly gifted learners,
twice-exceptional children, gifted females, gifted and talented students on
the autism spectrum, English language learners, underachievement, and
students from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds...
Reaction by Catherine Gewertz
- With race-based admissions policies in legal jeopardy, an elite magnet
school dropped affirmative action. The results: plummeting diversity and
- Assessing Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students for Eligibility for Gifted
Programs Technical Assistance Paper, Florida Department of Education
- This technical assistance paper is intended to assist school districts (a)
in identifying LEP students to be referred for screening and evaluation for
placement in exceptional student education gifted programs, (b) in evaluating
LEP students who are referred, and (c) in determining eligibility of LEP
students for the gifted program (requires Adobe Reader)
- Assessment of Culturally and
Linguistically Diverse Students for Special Education Eligibility (ERIC
digest #E604) by Jane Burnette
- The assessment of students with cultural and linguistic differences (CLD)
has become one of special education's major issues. These students are
disproportionately represented in special education, a fact that leads us to
examine an assessment process that is difficult at best
Evidence Encyclopedia Johns Hopkins University
- JHU's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education. Full reports on
research-based educational reforms that work.
Comprehensive elementary and secondary school reforms, math programs at all
levels, reading for English Language Learners (ELL), and more...
Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program: Looking for Gifts in All the Right Places
by Josie Danini Supik
- These are the students who many schools and adults find hard to value.
These are the students who are never considered for the schools’ gifted and
talented programs, where program selection is usually based on IQ,
standardized achievement tests and teacher nominations...
- Educators' Perceptions
of Barriers to the Identification of Gifted Children From Economically
Disadvantaged and Limited English Proficient Backgrounds by Frasier,
Hunsaker, Lee, Finley, Frank, García, and Martin
- (Monograph, full text available for purchase) 750 educators from 14 school
sites who participated in the national field test study and responded to the
survey. They identified two issues as major barriers to identification: test
bias, and teachers' inability to recognize indicators of potential in certain
groups. Five other issues were identified as moderate barriers...
Desarrollo en el Niño Superdotado (Asynchronous Development in the Gifted
Child) by Joy Navan
- La verdad es que cada individuo se desarrolla a su propio ritmo, pero para
los que son sobredotados, el desarrollo es asincrónico. ¿Qué quiere decir
asincrónico? Sencillamente que el desarrollo en un niño superdotado no es
parejo. Por ejemplo, la característica singular del sobredotado es su alta
inteligencia la cual le permite aprender y memorizar más rápido que otros de
- GT-English as a Second Language (ERIC FAQ)
- How can teachers can nurture giftedness in children whose first language
is not English and who are limited in their English proficiency?
and Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students,
1993-1996 (ERIC Minibib)
& Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students by
Lezley Collier Lewis, Annie Rivera and Debbie Roby
- Revolutionizes identification and education of culturally and
linguistically diverse (CLD) gifted and talented students. Written for the
educator, administrator, and program developer, it positively transform the
educational system for working with CLD student populations. Correlated with
the updated NAGC standards, examines existing program structures through the
lens of over- and underrepresentation of CLD students in gifted; also
features a formula for auditing current programs for CLD representation and
a model for identifying these students for gifted services...
Gifted and Talented Language Minority Students (ERIC/CLL Minibib) compiled
by Laurel Winston
and Serving Recent Immigrant Children Who Are Gifted (ERIC digest #E520)
by Carole Ruth Harris
- The challenge of identifying gifted children and providing them with
appropriate educational services is particularly complex when they are recent
immigrants to the United States...
into Gifted and Talented English Language Learners by Andrea B. Bermúdez
and Judith A. Márquz
- The underrepresentation of English language learners in programs for
gifted and talented students shows schools’ lack of ability to identify these
students adequately. Some of the reasons include: systematic bias in the
standardization process, as instruments and approaches follow a middle-class
mainstream basis of measurement; pervasive lack of cultural awareness and
sensitivity on the part of teachers and appraisers due to inadequate training;
and the common practice of identifying gifted and talented students on the
basis of a single test administration
- Meeting the Needs of Gifted
and Talented Minority Language Students (ERIC digest #E480) by Linda M.
- Students with special gifts and talents come from all cultural and
linguistic backgrounds. Many minority language children have special talents
that are valued within their own cultures; unfortunately, these students are
often not recognized as gifted and talented...
- Minority Students in
Gifted and Special Education Committee on Minority Representation in
Special Education, M. Suzanne Donovan and Christoper T. Cross, Editors
- (openbook, an on-line full text book)
- A New Window for
Looking at Gifted Children: A Guidebook by Frasier, Martin, García,
Finley, Frank, Krisel and King
- (Monograph, full text available for purchase) Developed by researchers at
The University of Georgia to assist school districts in their implementation
of a plan to identify gifted students who come from economically disadvantaged
families and areas and who have limited proficiency in the English language...
Global Citizens for the 21st Century: How can schools effectively work with
parents who have been educated in other countries? by Rosina Gallagher
- How can schools effectively work with parents who have been educated in
other countries? Start by building partnerships with Language Minority
families... (requires Adobe Reader)
OERI Self-Assessment Guide - Gifted Programs
Equal Opportunities for Limited English Proficient Students
- Self-evaluation tool intended to assess where a school and district falls
on a continuum of awareness and action as related to LEP students with
outstanding abilities and gifted education
Practices to Support Gifted Children by Julia Osborn
- Gifted students, often quite unique, may a variety of gifts. While no
child or teen will be gifted in all areas, good parenting practices can be
focused on the individual child’s abilities. Parenting practices, programs
and references are offered as a starting point... Also in
Prácticas de Crinza para Apoyar a Niños Superdotados,
Korean (requires Adobe Reader)
Reaching New Horizons: Gifted and Talented Education for Culturally and
Linguistically Diverse Students by Jaime Castellano and Eva Diaz
- textbook, includes section Identifying and Nurturing Gifted Potential and
- Talent and Diversity:
The Emerging World of Limited English Proficient Students in Gifted Education
- What can be done to dramatically, but authentically, increase the number
of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in gifted education programs?
How can school staff in both gifted education and bilingual education work
collaboratively to foster improved talent development for students from
different cultures and linguistic backgrounds? Includes appendix
Authentic Gifted Education for English Language Learners: The San Diego
Methods of Identifying Gifted Students Overlooks Many by Linda Cantu
- Gifted and talented students represent one of our nation’s greatest
resources. But trends in gifted and talented education across the country
indicate that a significant number of students with exceptional abilities are
not receiving high quality services either because they have not been
identified as gifted or their programs do not address their unique strengths
- Working with Gifted English Language Learners
by Michael S. Matthews
- Guides educators toward identifying gifted students in this population,
including a look at nonverbal and Spanish-language testing, and gives advice
for integrating these students into any gifted program...
September 11, 2012