Gifted and talented students are found in every cultural and economic group, from all backgrounds, and in all grade levels. Diversity does not end there, for it is strongest in the areas of social and emotional differences, behavioral issues, and the presence of learning disabilities, all of which may hinder identification and overall learning.
Talent does not develop at the same time or rate or in every subject. Support is needed for students who are already high achieving and those with the potential for high achievement.
In planning for educational opportunities, school leaders must communicate a clear purpose and common goal that is endorsed by curriculum coordinators, classroom teachers, gifted resource specialists, counselors, and other district staff. Gifted education strategies, when employed, not only increase the achievement of identified gifted students, but have been shown to increase achievement levels of all students, making their use well worth the investment.
NAGC has developed videos, fact sheets, and supporting documents that district leaders can use to help pave the way for districts seeking to offer a challenging and appropriate education for high-achieving and high-ability learners.
Persistent myths about gifted students impede efforts to create or strengthen services for gifted students. Read about the myths and the truths.
In order to appropriately identify, develop, and nurture individual talent, those involved in the field of gifted and talented education must understand the strategies, practices, tools, and resources available to them.
Gifted education strategies make a meaningful difference for high-ability students. Learn more about what gifted education in the classroom looks like.
Classroom teachers are the primary agent for identifying and serving gifted and talented students in our nation's schools. Read and learn more about the programming standards today.
NAGC has developed the Knowledge and Skill Standards for their use, as well as for others involved in training all teachers already in the classroom.
NAGC is at the forefront of education and training, offering monthly webinars, the annual convention, and a variety of other options for educators and their colleagues.
The CCSS and NGSS call for general education teachers to recognize and address student learning differences and incorporate rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills. But the nature of advanced work beyond the standards is not addressed.
Educators are not the only ones who want to make a difference their student's lives. Parents also seek to develop their children’s gifts and talents, and need advice and strategies that aid in helping them to develop their potential to the fullest when not in the classroom.
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Looking for a new position in the field of gifted and talented or some great educators for your team? The NAGC Career Center offers access to the best employers and jobs in the profession.