Looking Ahead: Gifted Education 2030
What have we learned in the past year which can inform the decade ahead? The year 2020 accelerated the use of #edtech and demonstrated that schools can adapt to new technology when necessary. Many GT students reported a preference for remote learning which allowed them to accelerate their learning, avoid downtime ‘in the back of the room’, and not be subjected to bullying. The future of education will be informed by how much we learned as a society regarding social justice, inequitable school funding, reliable and available access to the Internet, and critical evaluation of truth.
How will students be identified for gifted services in 2030? Multiple paths for identification of GT students will be followed without bias for race, gender, or socio-economic levels. A wider net will be cast when services do not depend on unequal funding sources. Technology will fast-track available services and reduce the importance of geographic boundaries. New identification tools under development will do a better job of identifying more in our #2E community.
We have to question whether traditional GT options can realistically meet all the needs of GT students in the future. Traditional GT options are not meeting all of the needs of students today. Many options are pure fantasy and this realization will push for the creation of new and better options by 2030. Blended learning, flipped learning, remote learning will evolve and improve to the benefit of all students as well as GT students. Some current GT offerings will be seen as a basis for gifted education and the improvement of society such as mentoring, paid internships for students as early as high school, AI tutoring, and fostering global peer relationships.
A long term area of contention, should gifted education be separate from talent development in the future? The schism between what constitutes gifted education and what is talent development has widen in the past decade and will only accelerate in the decade to come. Gifted education and talent development require different approaches and seek divergent goals. Gifted organizations will continue advocate for both, but in increasingly different ways. A4 Societal views along with parental and student advocacy will shape how education responds to both gifted education and talent development.
New technologies will influence how we deliver gifted education. The role of AI has yet to be determined, but it will definitely take center stage in the coming decade. It will alleviate economic disparities as it becomes more prolific in schools around the globe. Access to professionals in any given field, to research, and to intellectual peers will profoundly change how gifted education services are delivered. Evolving technology will continue to improve the quality of educational opportunities. Education can move beyond the 8 to 4 school day. Students will have access to master teachers in their areas of passion.
Gifted education in 2030 will take advantage of lessons learned during the pandemic such as available remote learning on-demand; access to global resources; and realization of the importance of SEL learning for GT students. GT students themselves will play a larger role in their own education by advocating for greater choices in how and when they learn and what constitutes learning.
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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: email@example.com
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COVID-19 FAQ: Gifted/Talented Education Guidance (pdf) | TEA
What the Future of Education Looks Like from Here | Harvard Graduate School of Education
Access, Equity, and The Future of Education (YouTube 1:54)
Reimagining the Gifted and Talented Placement Process | New Jersey School Boards Association
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