A guest blog  post  by Brandon Wright, Editorial Director of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
A new study released by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development discovered a positive side effect of participating in New York City's public pre-Kindergarten programs—more interest in gifted and talented programs by parents and their children. 
Jamie Houseweart, a stay-at-home mom and parent of a gifted kindergartner, shares her thoughts on finding tremendous value in attending the NAGC 62nd Annual Convention in downtown Phoenix, November 12-15, 2015.
Despite English Learners being the fastest growing population of students in the United States their representation in gifted and talented education continues to lag behind all other types of learners, including other underserved populations. This raises an important challenge for equity, meriting attention.
Tackling the often dreaded, and potentially boring, homeroom coverage can be daunting for any teacher. The required tasks usually take about 5 minutes, which often leaves plenty of free time for the students. If this time is left as an unstructured environment, students can become loud and disruptive. Video viewing can turn this free time into a successful activity and learning opportunity.