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1 Gifted Education in a Changing Landscape: How to Keep Your Head Above Water /

2 Kathy Ray Cindy Sheets TGIF Columbus, MS February 22, 2013


4 What is the Same/Different for our Gifted Students in Todays Classroom?

5 The Landscape is Changing CCUSGS Public Domain

6 New Definitions of Giftedness Fixed vs Malleable Talent Development Gifted education has contributed greatly to general education best practices Problem-based learning, differentiation, cluster grouping, creative/critical thinking, Blooms Taxonomy Research – Talent Development based Giftedness as a state one grows into and acquired as a result of learning and achievement Practice – G as a stable trait identified through testing Programs driven by identification rather than by service models

7 Malleable Minds Psychologists now believe that IQ represents only a part of intelligence, and intelligence is only one factor in both retardation and giftedness.... The growth of a more recent concept, the malleability of intelligence, has also served to discredit labeling.

8 IQ May Not Be Stable As Brain Changes, So Can IQ Wall Street Journal, 10-20-2011 Changes up to 20 IQ points (both directions) Study reported in Nature


10 Mindset Research work of Dr. Carol S. Dweck Fixed or Growth Mindset Internal beliefs about your own intelligence Praise Negative or positive Importance of effort and belief that brain is malleable

11 Parents and teachers who take to heart the message that ability is malleable and teach their children accordingly lay the longterm groundwork for eager, courageous learning and the willingness to stick with the difficult. Nancy M Robinson, University of Washington, Seattle

12 What Does This Mean for Gifted Education?

13 Changing Roles of Gifted Education Specialist

14 A more elaborate, expansive, and integrative gifted education program illustrates the new roles and responsibilities of gifted education specialists. These include providing instructional support for classroom teachers, direct educational services, coordination of out-of-school resources and programs, and advice on curriculum and instruction. ~Nancy Hertzog

15 Curriculum Experts? Who, me? Differentiation is NOT easy RTI? PBL? How can we help classroom teachers enrich and challenge our gifted students? Advocate for their right to learn something new every day

16 Common Core Standards Increasingly important to advocate for advanced students Expanded role as mentor/coach in implementation efforts and understanding needs for differentiation

17 ByrdSeed /Users/cindys2449/Documents/Byrdseed Improve your gifted classroom booklet


19 What Are We Doing Well for Gifted Students?

20 21 st Century Skills

21 Why We Need Common Core: I Choose C

22 21 st Century Learning Environments Kansas Relationships Relevance Rigorous Learning Environment Results Responsive Culture (Embrace innovation and creativity, students interests, motivating and challenging)

23 21st Century Skills


25 Learning Environment & Tools There are three competing visions of educational computing. We can use classroom computers to benefit the system, the teacher, or the student.

26 Gifted Students and 21 st Century Learning

27 Our kids will spend the rest of their lives in the future. Are we getting them ready? Kevin Honeycutt

28 Digital Citizenship Protect? Or Teach?

29 Digital Footprints

30 Digital Literacy

31 Facilitating Classrooms


33 NEED TO KNOW-GPS coordinates lead to geocaches

34 Authentic Audience- presenting to engineers their energy proposal after in-depth research

35 Paleontology What animal is this? driving question need to know reflection and revision

36 Mock Trial In-Depth Inquiry Authentic audience

37 Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy

38 Process not Product We teach a subject not to produce little living libraries on that subject, but rather to get a student to think mathematically for himself, to consider matters as an historian does, to take part in the process of knowledge- getting. Knowing is a process, not a product. (Bruner, 1966, p. 72)

39 Life and Career Skills What we resolve to do in school only makes sense when considered in the broader context of what the society intends to accomplish through its educational investment in the young. Jerome S. Bruner, The Culture of Education

40 Change Can Be Difficult

41 Become a powerful advocate for change

42 Share your knowledge and passion

43 Showcase your work and students work

44 Have High Expectations

45 Use All Available Resources

46 And be sure to gather a support group...

47 In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings. Ann Landers Advice Column

48 Need Reinforcements? Karen Rogers – synthesis of research on benefits of various service models Lessons Learned about Educating the Gifted and Talented - Gifted Child Quarterly, 2007 (SAGE Publishing Sandra Kaplan – concentric circles of knowledge – curriculum Cluster grouping research Parallel curriculum – concept-based curriculum NAGC bookstore H. Lynn Erickson Problem Based Learning, one to one laptops Ginger Lewman

49 What brought you here today? What are you hoping to take away from this workshop? Plan to set some goals for yourself – what will you do differently when you return to work?

50 Collaboration Cooperation Creativity

51 iTunes U

52 ... research has found that differentiation of instruction for gifted students does not typically occur within the general classroom, collaboration between gifted and general education teachers is critical in order to ensure appropriate services to students with high abilities. Lessons From Another Field: Applying Co-teaching Strategies to Gifted Education Claire E. Hughes Florida Gulf Coast University Wendy A. Murawski California State University, Northridge Gifted Child Quarterly Summer 2001 The Other 80%

53 Advanced Students in Todays Classrooms 32% - teachers say advanced students are low priority in their schools 73% of teachers agree – brightest are under-challenged 77% - needs of advanced take a back seat 10% - advanced students taught with specially designed curriculum and instruction 40% - HS – classes too often watered down and lacking rigor 65% little or no training in pre-service for GT 58% no professional development Lack of accountability and monitoring High-Achieving students in the era of NCLB, Fordham Institute NAGC http://www.nagc.org

54 State of the States in Gifted Education 2011 * Only six states require pre-service training for regular classroom teachers on characteristics and needs of gifted students. Yet it is in the regular classroom where gifted learners are expected to have the bulk of their learning needs met. * In thirty-six states, regular classroom teachers are never required to receive training about the gifted learners who are inevitably in their classrooms.

55 Route 21

56 True "college and career readiness" is more than a particular knowledge base, more than how many hours of nonfiction one has read, more than how much evidence one has used to develop ideas. Being ready for college and career also has something to do with self-belief, care for others, taking risks, falling down and getting back up. Chris Lehman

57 I worry that in the age of the Common Core we can mistake "initiatives" with "learning." That we can be led to believe that adopting the CCSS means what teachers must do, instead of seeing how students are doing in comparison to the standards. That we can get swept into a frenzy of initiatives-to-check-off. Chris Lehman

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