Gifted Education: A Continuum of Services


A continuum of services should look like a strong, uninterrupted commitment to gifted education in K through 12. It should be individualized and administered by qualified teachers in a supportive atmosphere. Continuum of services can include pull-out, enrichment, acceleration, grouping, mentoring, service opportunities and academic competitions.

The need for gifted education does not end at the end of the elementary years. Secondary gifted education should build upon a challenging curriculum introduced in the elementary years. Gifted education should include strong mentoring; sustained enrichment; and opportunities to work with peer networks. During the chat, teachers and parents emphasized the fact that AP classes are not, in fact, gifted programming although they are offered as such in most high schools. Online options are great for supplementing gifted programming, but not solely as an alternative to it.

Most classroom teachers strive to provide exceptional scaffolding; but for others the task is overwhelming. So much is expected of teachers and the achievement gap usually supersedes excellent gaps.

Can mastery-based learning meet the needs of gifted students? Like most new programs, success of mastery-based learning depends upon the preparation of the teacher. Clear expectations of what mastery-based learning entails must be presented to students; not all students will do well. A transcript of this chat can be found at Storify.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at 14.00 NZST/12.00 AEST/1.00 UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered        by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Developing a Continuum of Services: Options & Resources for the Ohio Dept. of Ed (pdf)

Looking at Program Options for Gifted Students (pdf)

Aiming for Excellence: Gifted Program Standards (pdf)

Continuum of Services for Gifted and Talented Students (pdf)

High-Potential Students Thrive when Schools Develop Sustainable Gifted Services

Advanced Academic Opportunities for High School Students (pdf)

Building Foundation for a Continuum of Services for Gifted Students (pdf)

2016-2017 Academic Gifted Services K-5 Programming Overview (pdf)

Henrico County Public Schools Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted 2016-2021 (pdf)

Mastery-Based Learning: Is it Good for Gifted Learners? 

Mastery-Based Learning

Creating Meaningful Instruction through Mastery-Based Learning 

Ten Principles of Mastery-Based Learning (pdf)

Ed Week: This is Us … Too: The Need for Gifted Education (tier subscription)

Overview of Best Practices in Gifted Education (pdf)

Serving Gifted Learners Beyond Traditional Classroom: Guide to Alternative Programs and  Services (Amazon)

Connecting Your Students with the World: Tools and Projects to Make Global Collaboration Come Alive, K-8 (Amazon)

Cybraryman’s Community-Based Service Learning Page

Cybraryman’s Field Trips Page

Picture courtesy of Pixabay  CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Posted on December 18, 2016, in gifted and talented. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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