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Teach to Develop Talent

Teach to Develop Talent
How to Motivate and Engage Tomorrow's Innovators Today!

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January 2021 | 264 pages | Corwin
Nurture real-world talent in any classroom

Are you cultivating the skills employers need most? Or have we leaned so far into curriculum content standards that we’ve left no room for long-range aims and talent development, leaving our students bored and unmotivated?

Counter the trend and focus instead on fostering content expertise, metacognition, and leadership skills alongside the standards with this new brain-based model. Teach to Develop Talent applies the psychology of motivation, engagement, and achievement to identify practical strategies that educators can use to develop students’ cognitive and social-emotional skills in every class: curiosity, creativity, perseverance, reasoning, persistence, empathy, and more. With this book, you can

-  Transform any curriculum or standards into long-term aims for talent development
-  Track data and master the content with dozens of customizable checklists, templates, rubrics, and surveys
-  Engage all learners, especially gifted students

Set your students up for long-range and multi-faceted success with this hands-on guide.

Table of Contents
About the Author
Chapter 1: Why Teach to Develop Talent?
Chapter 2: You Can Motivate and Engage Tomorrow’s Innovators Today
Chapter 3: Create a Talent Development Mindset
Chapter 4: Teach the Seven Aptitudes of Innovators
Chapter 5: Teach to Develop STEM Talent
Chapter 6: Teach to Develop Humanities Talent
Chapter 7: Teach to Assess Talent
Chapter 8: Teach Today to Develop Tomorrow’s Innovators
Conclusion: Teach to Touch the Future


"In Teach to Develop Talent: How to Motivate and Engage Tomorrow’s Innovators Today, Jeanne Paynter presents a brilliant way to cultivate future innovators by developing their talents. This is a very thoughtful, visionary, and practical book for educators."

Yong Zhao
University of Kansas and Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Gardner defined intelligences in the 80s, Wiggins defined Backwards Design in the 90s, Daggett started the century off with the Rigor/Relevance Framework., followed by Dweck who defined fixed and growth mindsets.  Paynter’s teaching toward talents is the next education revelation.  

Charla Bunker
Whittier Elementary Great Falls, MT

 I see the importance and relevancy of this book. In today’s world, where we there are new technologies and innovations created every day, there needs to be people who can fill these new jobs. In order to fill those positions, our students need to become more than great test takers. Schools need to prepare students to meet the demand of the new opportunities. Many of the new jobs in technology go beyond a college education; they involve students being able to be strategic, logical, problem solvers, and innovators. In order to meet this need, the curriculum being offered in schools need to be adjusted. We need to foster students’ creativity, curiosity, and their natural talents.

The book does explain it desired target outcomes by providing rubrics and expectations for teachers and learners alike. The talents and attributes of innovators are identified. There are the guidelines as to how these attributes can be used to create an environment to guide students in developing their talents.

Ellen Asregadoo
Public School 190

One of the strengths of this book is that it takes the idea of teaching to develop talent and illustrates how it can be incorporated into the standards and units that are already happening in the classroom. The research behind the pedagogy in the book is another strength, as is the fact that it focuses on what we want kind of thinkers we want our students to become beyond the high stakes tests and content standards.

Yes, this is a step-by-step guide for incorporating Talent identification and strengthening into the regular classroom curriculum.  Teachers who want to inspire the next generation of innovators in their classrooms. It has documented research for each chapter and has an easy-to-follow method to help teachers integrate it into their existing curriculum and/or standards.

David Grossman
Elizabethtown High School

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ISBN: 9781071812556