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Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5



© 2007 | 232 pages | Corwin
"Smutny has assembled a group of colleagues who bring very practical and useful insights to this issue and suggest practices that will make the use of this important curricular modification justifiable, manageable, and, most of all, normal. Acceleration is not treated as a strategy of last resort but as a logical and reasonable way to acknowledge and provide for the growth and continuous progress of all children. By broadening the idea of acceleration as a way to meet academic, emotional, and social needs, the book turns the concerns about acceleration into strengths."
—Barbara Clark, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles

"A well-written, extremely useful guide for parents and educators who wish to provide gifted students an opportunity to learn at a pace and level appropriate to their abilities. Offers valuable insight on the social and emotional aspects of effective acceleration."
—Jan Davidson, President and Cofounder, Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Coauthor, Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds

Raise the bar on accelerated learning and discover new possibilities that go beyond minimum proficiency!

Written for K–5 teachers, this practical guide corrects misunderstandings in the field of acceleration and provides the tools necessary to effectively determine the most appropriate learning options for gifted students. Through real-life stories, well-known authors in gifted education Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Y. Walker, and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, dispel the common myths about acceleration and describe what it is, what forms it takes, and what it can do for gifted learners—intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Presenting nuts-and-bolts guidance, this valuable resource provides:

  • Numerous case studies, helpful checklists, and reproducible forms
  • Prevailing theories and current research
  • Social-emotional aspects of acceleration practices
  • Instructional strategies for implementation in various school settings
  • Learning opportunities for underserved groups, such as multicultural and urban students
  • Bibliographies and helpful Web sites

Offering a new perspective on how prevailing attitudes have deprived students of opportunities to develop their talents, Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K–5, directly reflects the 2004 Templeton Report in validating the urgency to meet gifted students' needs.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
Part I: Acceleration: Issues and Applications for Gifted Learners (K-5)
 
1. Acceleration and the K-5 Gifted Child
 
2. Acceleration in a Differentiated Classroom
 
3. Acceleration and Creativity: Closing the Gap
 
4. Assessment for Accelerated Learners
 
Part II: Appropriate Academic-Classroom Acceleration
 
5. Acceleration of Content
 
6. The Thinking Process
 
7. Product Development
 
8. Standards and Policy
 
Part III: Social and Emotional Aspects of Effective Acceleration
 
9. Obstacles to Acceleration
 
10. Adaptations to Personality
 
11. Facilitating Acceleration
 
12. Social Relationships
 
13. Facilitating Acceleration for Parents and Educators
 
References
 
Index

"A must-read resource. Parents and teachers will value highly the content of this book on acceleration as they work together to address the needs of children who are gifted and talented."

Julia Link Roberts, Director
The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University

"Acceleration is not treated as a strategy of last resort, but as a logical and reasonable way to acknowledge and provide for the growth and continuous progress of all children."

Barbara Clark, Professor Emeritus
California State University, Los Angeles

"Gives readers excellent step-by-step guidance on extensive ways to provide appropriate acceleration adjustment for our young advanced learners."

Nicholas Colangelo, Myron and Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education
Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education, The University of Iowa

"Each chapter is an in-depth manual on how to sensitively and effectively achieve acceleration collaboratiively with parents, educators, and students."

Susan G. Assouline, Associate Director
The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, The University of Iowa

"A well-written, extremely useful guide for parents and educators who wish to provide gifted students an opportunity to learn at a pace and level appropriate to their abilities. Offers valuable insight on the social and emotional aspects of effective acceleration."

Jan Davidson, President and Cofounder, Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Coauthor, Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds
Key features
  • Written by experienced authors.
  • Provides numerous case studies, helpful checklists, reproducible forms.
  • Includes bibliographies, helpful websites, and centers where readers can gather additional information and support for acceleration practices.
  • Provides theoretical/research background, and addresses the practical application of and social/emotional aspects of a variety of acceleration practices. No current text covers all three areas so comprehensively.
  • Linked to the widely distributed Templeton Report on Acceleration (October, 2004). 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1


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