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Connecting For High Potential: The Ultimate Source for Teachers and Parents

It is an exciting experience to look at the same information from different perspectives. The teacher who seeks to provide a solid and enriching educational experience for his/her students, may find difficulty in communicating ideas and suggestions to parents. A simple lack of understanding can lead to a host of negative impressions for parents as they advocate strongly for their children.

In early 2004, Robin Schader and Rebecca Eckert started a dual column entitled Connecting for High Potential (CHP). Their goal was then, as it is now: “For teachers and parents to develop a broader understanding of their students’ potential and thus create stimulating learning environments.” Rebecca and Robin have since moved on from the publication, but Susan Dulong Langley, Parent Representative to the NAGC Board of Directors and I are working to ensure that the publication remains relevant and of high quality.

Connecting for High Potential (CHP) presents key elements not often found in many educational settings: a bridge between the divide of the classroom and home. CHP provides conversation starters, simple definitions to key terminology, as well as host of supporting resources. 

As the teacher resource specialist for NAGC, I often find myself sifting through a flood of e-mails. While each question presents a unique situation, there are common themes present in my inbox. Susan finds herself looking at her mail in a similar way. It is our hope that we can alleviate the tension that may exist between parents and teachers by increasing understanding.

The first step in opening a line of communication is as simple as taking a step back, allowing the situation to come into focus. When you access the Connecting for High Potential page on the NAGC website you’ll find topics dealing with stress, the gifted label, friendships, signs of giftedness, procrastination, and starting a gifted program, all from the dual perspective of parents and teachers.

Stay tuned for a brand new issue in September 2011. Susan and I are excited to begin work on it!