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What Does the Perfect Gifted Program Look Like?

What does the perfect gifted program look like? It quickly became apparent that describing the perfect program was not hard at all. Now, finding somewhere that one existed … that was a different story altogether! Most people agreed that one-size-does-not-fit-all. There were many paths that could be considered excellent choices, but each child had to find their own. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

Some of the various programs that were considered included pull-out (good for peer relationships), acceleration (great choice for those who were achievement-oriented), ability grouping within the regular classroom (when inclusion was the only option), multi-age classrooms (great when available, but few and far between), special schools (charter, cyber, private … great, but potentially expensive), and homeschooling (good choice when families were committed and able to do so).

A multitude of resources are available online and many are shared below. Several links were added after the chat for specific programs. The NAGC (US) and the CEC proved to be excellent sources of information.

In closing, a comment from Cybraryman ~ ” “A beautiful thing is never perfect.” We need to constantly change, adapt, amend to make a program better.”



Gifted Program Standards from @NAGCGIFTED

What to Look for in a Gifted Program” from the CEC

Montana Gifted Program Planning Guide (pdf)

The Effects of Participating in Gifted Programs Extend Beyond Academics” from @DukeTIP 

In Search of the Perfect Program” (pdf) Silverman 1991

The Iowa Acceleration Scale

A Nation Deceived

Cybraryman’s Cooking and Recipes Page (see transcript)

Top 10 Advocacy Tips for Parents of Black & Hispanic Gifted Students from Dr. Joy Davis

Building a Joyful Learning Community from Justin Schwamm

Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners by Van-Tassel Baska (Amazon)

Handbook of Gifted Education by Colangelo (Amazon)

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Tomlinson (Amazon)

Teaching Models in Education of The Gifted by Maker (Amazon)

Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students by Trail (Amazon)

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