Monthly Archives: July 2013

Gifted Education ~ The Engine of Ed Reform?

This chat revolved around the question of whether gifted education strategies were driving Ed Reform and if these strategies were good for all students. Links are provided below to show some schools where gifted education is being done well and the fact that this is a global issue. A full transcript can be found here.

Links:

Education Reform Movement Learns Lesson from Old Standards

Why It’s Time for a Reset of Education Reform

MD: “In Light of Declining Test Scores, Lowery Looks to Tackle Reforms

China: Just as Desperate for Education Reform as the U.S.

Adams County S.D.  The District of Choice: FAQs on Gifted Education

Missing in the Education Reform Debate: Voices of Parents and Good Research

Blending Gifted Education and School Reform

Reclaiming Education: Time for a Regeneration

Can educational reform challenge bright students?

Educational Reform Page from Cybraryman 

Cybraryman’s Gifted Advocacy Page

Content or Skills: What Constitutes 21st Century Learning for Gifted Students?

During this chat, we discussed what constitutes 21st century learning; content or skills. With access to the Internet putting content at the fingertips of students, it seemed that education may need to change direction. Ultimately, it was agreed that a balance needs to be found between teaching basic information and skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving. A transcript may be found here.

Links:

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for 21st-Century Life and Careers (pdf)

What Are 21st Century Skills?

Framework for 21st Century Learning

Understanding of 21st Century Skills and Outcomes

Is the Curriculum Rotten at Its Core?

UK ~ “Michael Gove’s New Curriculum: What the Experts Say

Philippines ~ “Coherence & Knowledge in Basic Education

New Assessments and Environments for Knowledge Building (pdf)

Center on Continuous Instructional Improvement

A Framework for Teachable Collaborative Problem Solving Skills (Draft Only – pdf)

How to Work and Homeschool with Pamela Price

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Global #gtchat welcomed the newest author from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, Pamela Price, to chat about her new book ~ How to Work and Homeschool: Practical Advice, Tips and Strategies from Parents; the latest in the Perspectives in Homeschooling Series from GHF Press. A  full transcript is available here.

By way of introduction, Pamela explained that she is a working, homeschool mom of one from near San Antonio, TX. Her son’s severe peanut allergy was the initial reason for her decision to homeschool. Soon thereafter, she learned about GHF which helped her to understand that she had made the right decision.

Pamela Price

Pamela told us that one thing she  hoped came through the book is the diversity of the growing homeschool movement. Another point she tried to make was that it is possible for single parents to work an homeschool as well. Much of her content was drawn from readers of her blog, Red, White and Grew.

How to Work and Homeschool is certainly an important resource for homeschoolers and a great addition to the GHF library!

You can follow Pamela and Gifted Homeschoolers Forum on Twitter.

Links:

GHF Press

How to Work and Homeschool (Amazon)

How to Work and Homeschool (book excerpt)

Red, White & Grew’ Pamela Price’s blog

About Pamela Price

How to Work & Homeschool ~ website

Pamela Price on Pinterest

How to Work and Homeschool (Facebook)

From @GiftedHF Homeschooling Resources

Can Equity Be Achieved in Gifted Education?

Global #gtchat was excited to host not one, but two surprised guest experts at this chat! Dr. Joy L. Davis, educational consultant, scholar and author at Creating Positive Futures; and Dr. Donna Y. Ford, Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. A full transcript can be found here.

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Dr. Donna Y. Ford

During this chat we discussed barriers which exist to participation  in gifted programs for high-ability, low-income students; which groups of children are most widely excluded from gifted programs; and who is most poised to make a difference – parents, educators, policy makers.  Finally, best practices in achieving equity in gifted education and practical steps that could be taken by local educators to make a difference were proposed.

In 2012, the NAGC released “Unlocking Emergent Talent: Supporting High Achievement of Low-Income, High-Ability Students” which “challenges the nation to move beyond its near-singular focus of achieving minimum performance for all students, to identifying and developing the talent of all students who are capable of high achievement, including our promising low-income and culturally and linguistically diverse students who too often literally languish in our schools.” Information from this report was used in the research for this chat.

Links:

Title I + Gifted Education=Partnership for Equity from @davis_joy

Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

Poverty’s Multiple Dimensions

Overlooked Gems A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Learners (pdf)

#IAGC Diverse Populations: The Prism of Giftedness

In the News: U-46 Found to Discriminate in Gifted Program

New & Important Books to Help with Eradicating Inequities in Education” from @davis_joy

Donna Y Ford, PhD’ (website)

Bright, Talented & Black (Amazon) from @davis_joy

Multicultural Gifted Education” from @donnayford

Bright, Talented & Black (website)

We Are Gifted 2 (Dr. Joy’s Blog)

Mirror Books: Power of Positive Images (Dr. Joy’s Facebook Page)

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Gifted Education: Recruitment Issues (pdf) by Dr. Ford

Renowned Educators Share Strategies to Support At-Risk-Youth

From the Texas Education Agency: What is Equity in G/T Education?

Civil Rights Date Collection (U.S. government)

Critique of ‘Unlocking Emerging Talent’ from @GiftedPhoenix

Cybraryman’s Culture Page

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