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Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5

Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5

December 2006 | 232 pages | Corwin
Dispelling common myths about acceleration, the author describes what it is, what forms it takes and what it can do for gifted students--intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Case studies and illustrations of specific mindsets offer readers a new perspective on how prevailing attitudes have influenced their districts and deprived students of opportunities to develop their talents.

This guidebook also presents nuts-and-bolts guidance for:

Implementing and applying accelerated learning strategies in different school settings

Providing accelerated learning opportunities for underserved groups, such as multicultural and urban poor students

About the Authors
Part I: Acceleration: Issues and Applications for Gifted Learners (K-5)
1. Acceleration and the K-5 Gifted Child
2. Acceleration in a Differentiated Classroom
3. Acceleration and Creativity: Closing the Gap
4. Assessment for Accelerated Learners
Part II: Appropriate Academic-Classroom Acceleration
5. Acceleration of Content
6. The Thinking Process
7. Product Development
8. Standards and Policy
Part III: Social and Emotional Aspects of Effective Acceleration
9. Obstacles to Acceleration
10. Adaptations to Personality
11. Facilitating Acceleration
12. Social Relationships
13. Facilitating Acceleration for Parents and Educators

"A must-read resource. Parents and teachers will value highly the content of this book on acceleration as they work together to address the needs of children who are gifted and talented."

Julia Link Roberts, Director
The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University

"Acceleration is not treated as a strategy of last resort, but as a logical and reasonable way to acknowledge and provide for the growth and continuous progress of all children."

Barbara Clark, Professor Emeritus
California State University, Los Angeles

"Gives readers excellent step-by-step guidance on extensive ways to provide appropriate acceleration adjustment for our young advanced learners."

Nicholas Colangelo, Myron and Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education
Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education, The University of Iowa

"Each chapter is an in-depth manual on how to sensitively and effectively achieve acceleration collaboratiively with parents, educators, and students."

Susan G. Assouline, Associate Director
The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, The University of Iowa

"A well-written, extremely useful guide for parents and educators who wish to provide gifted students an opportunity to learn at a pace and level appropriate to their abilities. Offers valuable insight on the social and emotional aspects of effective acceleration."

Jan Davidson, President and Cofounder, Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Coauthor, Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds

"A practical guide for all stakeholders in gifted education: parents, teachers, counselors and administrators.  A 'how to' with heart and compassion focusing on the whole child that addresses the social and emotional aspects of effective acceleration."

Dorothy Sisk, Professor and Conn Chair for Gifted Children
Lamar University

"Provides a much-needed implementation guide for educators and parents who support acceleration.  A critically important addition to the professional libraries of all who support gifted, young people in their quest for an excellent education."

Susan Winebrenner, Author & Staff Development Specialist
Education Consulting Service, Inc.

"A renewed interest in acceleration and powerful support from the research community have triggered a need for practical guidance to effectively implement acceleration practices. This book provides teachers with the tools for assessing individual student's academic strengths and differentiating classroom practices to accommodate the needs of highly able learners."

Joseph S. Renzulli, Director
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented

"A detailed and humane resource for achieving the proper educational match between the curriculum and gifted students' ability levels, interests, and motivation. All educators and parents interested in the progress of gifted education should read and apply the pedagogically enlightening and inspirational ideas presented."

Gifted Education News-Page, February/March 2007

"This delightful book, packed with resources and ideas for working with gifted learners, helps us be aware of all the children in the classroom. It is easy to read and provides a wonderful resource for teachers, parents, and staff."

PsycCRITIQUES, October 2007, Vol. 52(42)

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Chapter 1

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