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Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners

Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners
A Guidebook for Gifted Education

November 2005 | 352 pages | Corwin
THE comprehensive guide to establishing or strengthening a gifted program!

Whether you are developing a new program from the ground up or need to restructure an existing one, Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners will help you every step of the way with detailed guidelines, practical tips, templates, action plans, and suggestions for strategic planning teams as well as for the sole practitioner.

Consolidating the SAGE advice and up-to-date research of 29 leaders in the field, this comprehensive and highly practical guide takes the guesswork out of providing appropriate services and programming for high-ability students from elementary through high school.

Each chapter addresses a key feature of gifted programming, from identification to evaluation and advocacy, and includes

Definition, Rationale, and Guiding Principles of the key feature

Attributes That Define High Quality for assessing effectiveness

Flawed Example of the key feature and strategies to improve the example

Revised Example, illustrating implementation of high-quality attributes

Strategic Plan for Designing or Remodeling the key feature, delineating the steps involved

Template for Getting Started, helping you take the first steps of a complex process

Must-Read Resources

Informed planning allows you to tailor services to the specific needs of your students, whether you're in a rural, urban, or suburban community. Superintendents, administrators, teachers, and advocates will find Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners invaluable in defending, developing, and monitoring high quality gifted services and programs.

Pat O’Connell Ross
Eric J. Smith
Guest Foreword
Jeanne H. Purcell and Rebecca D. Eckert
About the Editors
Sandra N. Kaplan and Joseph S. Renzulli
Mary S. Landrum
1. Identifying Students’ Cognitive and Affective Needs
Rebecca D. Eckert
2. Developing a Mission Statement on the Educational Needs of Gifted and Talented Students
Sidney M. Moon
3. Developing a Definition of Giftedness
Christine J. Briggs, Sally M. Reis, Rebecca D. Eckert, and Susan Baum
4. Providing Programs for Special Populations of Gifted and Talented Students
E. Jean Gubbins
5. Constructing Identification Procedures
Cheryll M. Adams
6. Articulating Gifted Education Program Goals
Sally M. Reis
7. Comprehensive Program Design
Deborah E. Burns, Jeanne H. Purcell, and Holly Hertberg
8. Curriculum for Gifted Education Students
Maureen Neihart
9. Developing Services That Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
Carolyn R. Cooper
10. Creating a Comprehensive and Defensible Budget for Gifted Programs and Services
Ugur Sak and C. June Maker
11. Selecting Learning Resources in the Education of the Gifted
Kelly A. Hedrick
12. Managing a Communication Initiative in Gifted Education
Jann H. Leppien and Karen L. Westberg
13. Roles, Responsibilities, and Professional Qualifications of Key Personnel for Gifted Education Services
Marcia B. Imbeau
14. Designing a Professional Development Plan
Carolyn M. Callahan
15. Developing a Plan for Evaluating a Program in Gifted Education
Karen B. Rogers
16. Connecting Program Design and District Policies
Carol Ann Tomlinson, Kristine J. Doubet, and Marla Read Capper
17. Aligning Gifted Education Services With General Education
Julia Link Roberts
18. Planning for Advocacy
Joyce VanTassel-Baska
19. State Policies in Gifted Education
Tonya R. Moon and Deborah E. Burns
20. Using Scientifically-Based Research to Make Decisions About Gifted Education Programs, Services, and Resources
Linda Smith
21. Strategic Planning and Gifted Programs
Jann H. Leppien and Karen L. Westberg
Appendix: Establishing a Gifted Education Advisory Committee

"Twenty-nine leaders in the field contribute to this comprehensive guide for K-12 educators wishing to establish or improve a gifted program."

Curriculum Connections, Fall 2006
School Library Journal

Jeanne H. Purcell

Jeanne H. Purcell is the consultant to the Connecticut State Depart­ment of Education for gifted and talented education. She is also director of UConn Mentor Connection, a nationally recognized summer mentorship program for talented teenagers that is part of the NEAG Center for Talent Development at the University of Con­necticut. Prior to her work at the State Department of Connecticut, she was an administrator for Rocky Hill Public Schools (CT); a pro­gram specialist with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, where she worked collaboratively with other researchers on national issues related to high-achieving young... More About Author

Rebecca D. Eckert

Rebecca D. Eckert, Ph.D., is an associate clinical professor in Teacher Education at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, where she works with preservice teachers as they navigate the joys and challenges of their first classroom experiences. In her former role as the Gifted Resource Specialist for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Rebecca helped to redesign the NAGC website and develop practical resources for educators and advocates of gifted students. Her previous work at The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented included participation in Javits research at both the elementary and... More About Author

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