Category Archives: Gifted/Talented

OCPS needs a School for the Gifted

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Dec 2013 Central Florida school districts have few options to challenge young, highly gifted children such as Spencer.Many Orange elementary schools, including the one Spencer attended, pull gifted students out for special attention for only one day a week. The Orange School Board recently discussed the possibility of creating a districtwide gifted school, but …

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OCPS Gifted Services Initiative

Source: OCPS, Dec 2013 (see the Dec 19th 2013 work session)

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Helping Gifted and Talent Students

Source: NYTimes, Dec 2013 Analysts and scholars have studied international trends and identified the familiar ingredients of a high-performing educational system: high standards and expectations; creative and well-designed coursework; enhanced status, development and pay of teachers; and a culture where academic achievement is valued, parents are deeply involved and school leaders insist on excellence. But …

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OCPS Board Chair Sublette Plans for a G&T School

Source: Orlando Sentinel. Aug 2013 Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublettesaid his priorities for the coming year will include changes to career and technical education, magnet programs and gifted education. In what he acknowledged might be a long shot, Sublette said he will continue to push for an intense academic specialty school with admissions requirements, which …

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Passions Lead to Professions for Home-Schooled Children

Source: Daily Mail (UK), Apr 2013 A mother who home-schools her ten children in Montgomery, Alabama, has opened up about how six of them began their college degrees by the age of 12. Those of the Harding siblings who have already graduated from college have gone on to become a doctor, an architect, a spacecraft …

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OCPS Considers Gifted School

Source: Orlando Sentinel blog, Feb 2013 (cached copy since the original is not available) Several board members said they know families who have removed their children from Orange public schools because their children weren’t being challenged. It was in that context that board members discussed the idea of a gifted academy for kindergarten to grade 8. …

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Teachers Don't Like Creative Students

Source: Marginal Revolution, Jan 2013 the characteristics that teachers use to describe their favorite student correlate negatively with the characteristics associated with creativity. In addition, although teachers say that they like creative students, teachers also say creative students are “sincere, responsible, good-natured and reliable.” In other words, the teachers don’t know what creative students are …

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Can the Khan Academy help to find the next Einstein?

Source: Psychology Today, Dec 2012 our vision for the future is that everyone will be able to learn at their own pace and it should be competency based.  I can imagine a world where there are students who want to go deep and go fast and they’re getting it at a deep level and they’re …

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Blended Learning – Starting Point For SWOTS.School Design

Source: Innosight Institute, May 2012 (see related posting on how blended learning can improve learning) Flex model – a program in which content and instruction are delivered primarily by the Internet, students move on an individually customized, fluid schedule among learning modalities, and the teacher-of-record is on-site. The teacher of-record or other adults provide face-to-face …

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To Nurture Genius, Improve Gifted Education

Source: Scientific American, Nov 2012 In Brief Abilities matter. They are malleable, however, and need to be cultivated. Society needs to provide opportunities for intellectual enrichment to all students to ferret out hidden talents. Psychological strengths such as persistence, social skills and strategic risk taking are determining factors in the successful development of talent.

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