Teacher Perceptions of Giftedness and How They Affect Gifted Program Enrollment

Teacher Perceptions of Giftedness and How They Affect Gifted Program Enrollment
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  • Welcome to First Grade
  • Welcome to First Grade
  • 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.
  • Ms. Smith
  • 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.
  • Principal Baxter
  • 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.
  • Ms. Smith
  • 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.
  • Welcome to Your Gifted Education Professional Development Session Presented by Shirley Smart
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