What’s the point of gifted advocacy? This is the question we tried to answer. Too many advocates these days seem to be focusing on everything except the gifted child and their ‘right’ to an appropriate education. Of all groups studied in today’s classrooms, the identified gifted learner is making the least progress. Having topped out on most standardized tests, what will make the difference in the life of these kids? A full transcript may be found here.
Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented on Twitter happens weekly on Fridays at 7PM ET/6PM CT in the U.S., Midnight in the UK and 11.00 in Australia (ET) on Saturdays. Polls for topic selection are posted on Tuesdays and the link is posted by @gtchatmod on Twitter. Please join us!
“The Wrong Argument for Gifted Education” via Gifted Exchange
“Why Gifted Students Still Need Gifted Education!!” via @davis_joy
“RED ALERT: Gifted Education is a Civil Rights Issue” via @DeborahMersino
“Preaching to the Choir: Thinking About Gifted Advocacy” from Crushing Tall Poppies
Professor James J Gallagher: “Advocacy for Gifted Education a National Priority”
Paradise Valley USD in AZ Gifted Program with Self-contained Classrooms.
Cybraryman’s Gifted Advocacy Page
April 5, 2013 #gtchat is Trending on Twitter
It was an extraordinary chat ~ rapid fire comments: averaging one tweet every 6 seconds for an hour ~ as old and new participants joined #gtchat to discuss the veracity of labeling gifted children. In the end, there were many good points made on both sides of the debate; the need to label and the negative consequences of labels. No one seemed to think labels were ‘simply wrong’. It was also obvious that it was a topic of interest for many newcomers to chat as was evident when our hashtag began to trend … across the U.S. and in Canada and in Australia! The full transcript can be found here.
The final minutes of #gtchat was filled with several exciting announcements! On April 19th, #gtchat will be LIVE from the Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Children’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh at a special time, 3PM to 4PM EDT. Our guest will be Jerry Blumengarten ( @cybraryman1) who was an early mentor to Deborah Mersino, founder of #gtchat, when she was starting the new chat on Twitter. Jerry is also a co-moderator of the popular #edchat on Twitter. As curator of Cybraryman.com, he has built an incredible educational portal site for students, parents and teachers.
On April 26th, #gtchat will welcome representatives from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum to introduce their new brochure, Educators’ Guide to Gifted children, written to be used as a tool for those who are working with educators who need to know about giftedness, gifted children and twice-exceptional children.
#gtchat is proud to announce an upcoming interview with Dr. James Webb on “The Misdiagnosis Initiative” begun last year by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted). The interview will appear on this blog. A follow-up #gtchat will occur on May 10th at 7PM EDT with representatives from SENG.
Should students be labeled gifted? From Edutopia
Does the “Gifted” label matter? From @DavidsonGifted
AHA Learners Presents Myths in Gifted Education PSAs
Cybraryman’s Twice Exceptional Children’s Page
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Resources: Twice-Exceptional (2e)
How to Work and Homeschool from Pamela Price
On January 25, 2013, Global #gtchat was pleased to host special guests and authors, Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee from @engaginged. Their soon-to-be published book, Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate and Create, from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum was the topic for discussion. It was announced by Corin Goodwin, Executive Director at GHF, that the book would be released on February 18th. It will be available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble as a book and also in Kindle and Nook formats. Participants joined us from 14 states and 5 countries! A full transcript can be found at Storify.
Post Script ~ Global #gtchat celebrated its 3rd Birthday on January 22, 2010! Take a look at the transcript from the 2nd chat on the very first day here. Special thanks to Deborah Mersino for having the foresight to start our chat!
Engaging Educators website
Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling Series from GHF Press
More about Ben and Neil at the Engaging Educators Blog
Engaging Educators Blog
Engaging Educators on Facebook
Engaging Educators on Pinterest
Engaging Education: 2013′s Hottest Trend?
Regional Connections: 2013′s Other Hottest Trend?
Going Global: How to Connect Your Classroom to Schools Around the World
Videos from Engaging Educators
Cybraryman’s ISTE Page
Cybraryman’s Google Docs Page
Cybraryman’s Google Hangouts