Earlier this year, in his final State of the Union address, President Barak Obama asked, “How do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity in this new economy?” Education is a powerful tool to help do that. However, we know that this is not necessarily the case for children with extraordinary gifts and talents—particularly those bright students who are racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged, or learning English as a second language.
With the first days of school just a short time away, even the most seasoned teacher feels a variety of emotions. I am about to embark on my eighteenth year in education, and while excited for the hustle and bustle of daily planning, instructing, evaluating, and encouraging my students, I still feel a bit of hesitation about getting to know a whole new group of them. 
This blog post, an excerpt from Parenting for High Potential (March 2014), is by Janette Boazman, Ph.D. 
To help improve teaching for the nation’s estimated 3–5 million gifted and talented students, the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has created national standards in gifted education programming and services, as well as teacher preparation.
Today, the House Appropriations Committee began slogging its way through the mark-up of the fiscal year 2017 Labor/HHS/Education bill, which funds the agencies and the programs each agency oversees, including the $12 million for the Javits program.