Monthly Archives: July 2013
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.
Educational Reform Page from Cybraryman
Cybraryman’s Gifted Advocacy Page
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.
Philippines ~ “Coherence & Knowledge in Basic Education”
A Framework for Teachable Collaborative Problem Solving Skills (Draft Only – pdf)
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 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!
How to Work and Homeschool (Amazon)
How to Work and Homeschool (book excerpt)
‘Red, White & Grew’ Pamela Price’s blog
How to Work & Homeschool ~ website
Pamela Price on Pinterest
How to Work and Homeschool (Facebook)
From @GiftedHF Homeschooling Resources
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.
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.
Title I + Gifted Education=Partnership for Equity from @davis_joy
“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)
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