06/19/08, The intense efforts of No Child Left Behind to bring the performance of the nation’s worst students from unacceptable to adequate may be the same force stopping the movement of its brightest students from excellent to extraordinary, according to a report released Wednesday by a Washington-based educational research group. For the original report in PDF format click here.
Rhode Island parents and teachers who want to know what the Rhode Island Department of Education considers effective instructional techniques for every student to achieve high standards, have a new resource: a Web-based archive of lesson plans, student work, and videos of effective teaching — all aligned with the state’s academic expectations for students.
Although the web site does not specifically address the needs of gifted learners, it does provide Grade Level Expectations for grades kindergarten to eight and the Grade Span Expectations for high school. These guidelines define what students should know and be able to do for curriculum, instruction, and assessment purposes. In addition, GLEs/GSEs guide local programming and curriculum development.
The Gifted Exchange
The Gifted Exchange is a blog written by Laura Vanderkam about gifted children, schooling, parenting, education news and changing American education for the better. Laura is an education writer and co-author (with Jan & Bob Davidson) of “Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds.” Her work appears in USA Today and other publications. To read the blog click here.