- ModeratorFebruary 9, 2020 at 3:37 am
One of the first things I think we need to do in order to best communicate about gifted ed within our district is to identify all of the stakeholders and consider the perspectives and needs of them all. If your district doesn’t already have one, I would recommend forming a highly capable advisory committee that includes people from every group of stakeholders. Brene Brown’s book Dare to Lead and her online tools to use alongside it can be very helpful.
- ModeratorFebruary 12, 2020 at 4:47 pm
I second the importance of forming an advisory committee. Engaging stakeholders from the district and community fosters a sense of collective responsibility for students, teachers, and services for the students. With leadership from this team, all voices can be heard, program goals can be identified, and ongoing monitoring of the services continues to ensure alignment with student and community needs.
Some folks I would look to include (and the list is not exhaustive):
- Students (from various grade levels)
- School Counselors
- School Board Members
- Community Members
- Representatives from groups not currently part of a gifted and talented program (special education, dual-language teachers/directors, military liaisons, and representatives from underrepresented populations)
- ModeratorFebruary 12, 2020 at 4:49 pm
“Funding agents have a right and responsibility to ensure that the resources are well used, parents have the expectation that the educational program offered to their children is of high quality, teachers and administrators should be eager to know that their efforts are in line with best practices in the field, and the gifted students have the right to expect us to provide a challenging and engaging program of studies addressing their educational and social and emotional needs” (Callahan, 2008, p. 226).
Callahan, C. M. (2008). Assessing and improving services provided to gifted students: A plan for program evaluation. In F. A. Karnes & K. R. Stephens (Eds.), <i>Achieving excellence: Educating the gifted and talented (pp. 230-245). Upper Saddle River, N. J.: Pearson Education, Inc.
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