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Designing and Developing Programs for Gifted Students

Designing and Developing Programs for Gifted Students

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October 2002 | 200 pages | Corwin

In this handbook, you will find the inspiration and the practical guidance you need to start your own gifted program!

Gifted programs have the potential to change lives, but they can be difficult to develop and sustain without the appropriate research and guidance. This book gives you the "nuts and bolts" needed to design and implement a gifted program to maximize the benefits to students, teachers, schools, and parents.

In this comprehensive volume, best-selling author Joan Franklin Smutny brings some of the leading gifted educators together under the aegis of the National Association of Gifted Children. Lending editorial guidance and her own contributions, Smutny directs the individual expertise of each contributor, with chapters that include guidelines for:

  • Designing and implementing curriculum for pre-K through middle school
  • Identifying and selecting the best teachers
  • Creating the vital support networks among parents, school, and community
  • Assessing the program's impact on children, parents, and teachers
  • Developing special programming for the disadvantaged gifted students

 The book offers several examples of different learning experiences that fall under the definition of a "gifted program," as well as a chapter that outlines all of the essentials for starting a gifted program, including sample forms and letters.

About the Editor
About the Contributors
Joan Franklin Smutny
Joan Franklin Smutny and Cheryl Lind
1. From Needs and Goals to Program Organization: A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide
Joan Franklin Smutny
2. Developing and Designing Programs Serving Young Gifted Children
Norman J. Mirman
3. Identifying and Selecting Teachers
Mary K. Pleiss
4. Special Programs at the Elementary Level: Content and Methods
Cheryll M. Adams and Sara Delano Moore
5. Designing and Implementing Curriculum for Programs: Elementary and Middle School Levels
Christopher M. Freeman
6. Designing Math Curriculum to Encourage Inductive Thinking by Elementary and Middle-School Students: Basic Principles to Follow
Eileen Kelble
7. Reflections on Special Programming for the Disadvantaged Students
Patricia L. Hollingsworth
8. University School's Community Talent Development Program
Ruth Erken
9. The Prevention and Enrichment Program for Families with Gifted Children
Maria Lucia Sabatella
10. Role of Programs: Relationships With Parents, Schools, and Communities
Pam Piskurich
11. The Role of Summer Programs: Providing Support for Students, Parents, and Schools
Deborah E. Bordelon
12. Support for Gifted Programs: Parents, School, and Community
Cheryll M. Adams
13. Assessment: Impact on Children, Parents, and Teachers
Joan Franklin Smutny
Concluding Thoughts
Other Resources


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An inspirational and insightful gathering of educational wisdom.

Midwest Book Review, October 2003
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A service publication of the National Association for Gifted Children

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