Mr. and Mrs. Jones have requested a meeting to talk about gifted services for Sam. Do you think he would qualify?
Sam is definitely not gifted. He doesn't even have the highest grade in the class. He even got a B on his spelling test this week.
Sam is just so creative! He can make just about anything with his hands. Last night he made a functioning guitar on his own.
He is most definitely talented. He is especially interested in the arts. I really think he could benefit from some enrichment in that area.
Yes it is, dear. I guess that means we need the parent referral form then. It sure is a good thing we know our stuff. I feel sorry for the others, though.
Teacher referrals are typically the first step in gaining access to our gifted program. Sam isn't at the top of his class so Ms. Smith hasn't nominated him for a formal evaluation for the program. Bringing up that Spelling grade may just do it.
Oh, but isn't giftedness more than just high academic achievement?
Ms. Smith, we don't blame you for your lack of knowledge on giftedness. It's not your fault that they don't cover that in undergraduate education programs.
It's true. We don't blame you. We've heard that training and professional development can really make a difference.
Oh, wow! Could you suggest that to Principal Baxter?
Principal Baxter, training your teachers in referral and identification practices could really help ensure equitable representation in your gifted program. I think you may end up finding it beneficial yourself.
She's right. I'm afraid you may be overlooking a number of highly qualified students by focusing only on those with the highest achievement levels.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will head to my office now to get that set up.
This Morning's Topics & Schedule 8:00 - myths about giftedness 9:00 - characteristics & signs 10:00 - underrepresentation 11:00 - referral process 12:00 - lunch
I think I may have had this all wrong.
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