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"Our primary goal must be mathematical power for all students. We speak
often about providing rich opportunities for disadvantaged students. But among
the students we have in our mathematics programs are some that have either high
abilities or high interest, or both. Our programs must include opportunities for
these students as well. These students are likely to become significant users of
mathematics as our future scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, engineers,
technologists, and researchers. They deserve programmatic attention just as
students with other kinds of special needs do." Glenda Lappan, president NCTM, "Mathematics
for All" Must Include High-Ability and Highly Motivated Students
Also visit Gifted Continuing Education
Programs for certificates and degrees in gifted education.
Professional Learning Network for Teachers
- A fresh approach to professional development that will accelerate
professional learning among STEMx educators, providing personalized and
powerful learning experiences that inspire and transform teaching practices.
Catalyst Academy mini-courses are practical, designed for busy teachers.
Professional online learning experiences for teachers and faculty, led by
proven STEMx innovators... Read the announcement,
HP Catalyst Academy
Mathematical Talent: They Don't Have to Be Bored to Tears by Ann
Lupkowski-Shoplik, director of the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented
Elementary and Secondary Students (C-MITES)
- Beginning with the common myths, and moving to identification and
programming, Lupkowski-Shoplik offers a comprehensive in-service for
teachers of math-gifted students K-12... (requires Adobe Reader) Watch and listen
to Dr. Shoplik's entire presentation "live" via Illuminate Live! Visit
- Books referenced in Dr. Shoplik's presentation:
Math Talent: A Guide for Educating Gifted and Advanced Learners in Math
by Susan Assouline and Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik
- Educators (and parents) guide to educating the math-gifted child...
Also available from Amazon.co.uk
Acceleration Scale Manual; A Guide for Whole-Grade Acceleration
by Susan G. Assouline, Nicholas Colangelo, Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Jonathan Lipscomb, Leslie Forstadt
- For schools or parents, the Iowa Acceleration Scale provides a systematic
and thorough approach to considering and implementing academic acceleration
for gifted and talented students in grades K-8; read
Hoagies' detailed review. Also
Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Education Professional Development Package
by Miraca U.M. Gross, Caroline Merrick, Ruth Targett, Graham Chaffey,
Bronwyn MacLeod, Stan Bailey
Research-based essential information teachers need; definitions; levels and
types of giftedness; subjective and objective identification procedures; social
and emotional characteristics and needs; underachievement; teaching strategies
and methods of curriculum differentiation to enhance the learning in the
mainstream classroom; practical strategies for establishment and monitoring of
ability, achievement or interest grouping in classes, and the many forms of
accelerated progression through schooling. Offered for three instructional
ranges; early childhood, primary and secondary grade levels. Don't let the
Australian byline distract you; this is international professional development
at its best!
Books referenced in Dr. Gross's presentation:
by Miraca Gross
- If you have an exceptionally gifted child, Read This Book! A
fascinating study of a small group of exceptionally gifted (IQ>160)
children, Gross follows these children over 20 years, and includes extensive
details about their interests, family background, progress through school,
and social and emotional as well as academic status. Gross shows that when
these children are not allowed to learn at an appropriate pace and level it
places them at serious risk. Also available from from
Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Exceptionally Gifted Children First edition, occasionally available used,
contains more of the research methods than the new version...
and Gifted Students: Early Childhood
by Gifted and Talented Branch, Department of Education, West Australia
- Resource to assist classroom teachers in the Early Childhood
phase of development to: identify gifted and talented students,
provide appropriate curriculum for gifted and talented students,
monitor the progress of their gifted and talented students, evaluate
the success of their programs...
Irvine Extension Gifted and Talented Education Webinar Series
UC Irvine Distance Learning Center
Four-part webinar series specifically designed to help participants better
understand and more effectively support gifted students both at home and in the
classroom. Now, more than ever, teachers, administrators, and parents must work
together to meet the needs of the gifted. Offered for free every February...
Introduction to Gifted Education - What you must know to affect change
by Davidson Institute Educators Guild
- This introductory course gave teachers of K-12 an overview of gifted
education in their area, and in the nation, as well as the various issues
gifted students, schools and parents face and how to effectively make change
to improve the challenges they encounter. Offered in late 2006, it's
presentations are available online anytime...
Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind presented by Deborah Ruf
- Described how the ability range within the gifted group is huge with each
level requiring different educational treatment and she touched on how
gender and personality issues contribute to individual achievement and
classroom performance. A portion of the session featured a Q & A segment
where participants had the opportunity to ask specific questions of Dr. Ruf
regarding both her "Ruf Estimates of Levels of Giftedness" handout article
and her book, Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind. Dr. Ruf also
led a discussion on how schools can make important, low cost structural
changes in order to meet these diverse needs...
Book and article referenced in Dr. Ruf's presentation:
Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options by Deborah L. Ruf
- Using gifted children as examples, Ruf illustrates five levels of
giftedness, which parents will be able to estimate in their child by
comparing developmental milestones... Previously titled Losing Our Minds:
Gifted Children Left Behind
Estimates of Levels of Giftedness by Deborah Ruf
- A general summary of the Ruf Estimates of
Levels of Giftedness. There is overlap in each of the levels, and inner
qualities qualities that can sometimes change over time due to
environmental circumstances are often the factors that make the difference
among several Levels...
Online Bargain Basement: Free High School Courses
(PowerPoint) by Kathi Kearney and Carolyn K.
- Explains how to select and use an online course for your student, and offers
samples of a variety of the best free online high school courses. Also get the
the Online Bargain Basement (Word). Presented at
NAGC, Charlotte, November 2006. (requires
Online Bargain Basement
Returns: Free K-12 Enrichment
(PowerPoint) by Kathi Kearney and Carolyn K.
- Updates our 2006 presentation, this time including resources for K-12 and
beyond, for both acceleration and enrichment, with interactive courses for
individual students and robust curriculums to be used with an entire group or
class... all FREE! Presented at NAGC, Minneapolis, November 2007.
September 12, 2014