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The Gifted Education Story

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Eric Larson

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Mind the (Other) Gap! The Growing Excellence Gap in K-12 Education. Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University, 2010. J. Plucket, N. Burroughs and R. Song.
Preparing the next generation of STEM innovators: Identifying and developing our nation’s human capital. National Science Board (NSB Pub 1033) National Science Foundation, 2010.
High-achieving students in an era of NCLB: Report of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2008. T. Loveless, S. Farkas, A. Duffett.
References cont’d
Advocates for gifted students at local, state & national levels.
Participates in Illinois Advisory Council for the Gifted.
Provides professional development.
Includes parent participation.
Provides resources regularly online.
Promotes student self-advocacy.
IAGC Works!
What Happened?
Illinois School Code changes.
Programs for the gifted begin to disappear.
Professional development for teachers of gifted learners diminish.
Identification of minority and low-income gifted students dwindles.
Why Gifted Learners Struggle
Performance Trends of Top Students
Why Worry About The Gifted?
Do high flyers maintain their altitude? Performance trends of top students. Thomas B. Fordham Institute Study in partnership with Northwest Evaluation Association, 2011. Yun Xiang, M. Dahlin,J. Cronin, R. Theaker, S. Durant.
Highlights from PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics and Science Literacy in an International Context. NCES, 2010. H.L. Fleischman, P.J. Hopstock, M.P. Pelczar, B.E. Shelley.
We are working to improve the lives of gifted learners.
Come join us!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead
Thank you
Ask legislators and key decision makers:
How do we in Illinois demonstrate our value and support of gifted learners?
How do we measure academic success?
Get involved—ask the right questions
Do High Flyers Maintain their Altitude?
Without Funding For Gifted
Professional staff to support their social and emotional development.
Home and school working together.
Advocates at the local, state, and national level.
ISBE support.
Self-advocacy skills.
Gifted Learners Need
Educators who understand them and can adapt the curriculum.
Opportunities to work with peers of similar abilities and interests.
Resources appropriate to their abilities.
Equal opportunity to learn at school each day.
Gifted Learners Need
We may be closing the achievement gap by raising the floor but lowering the achievement ceiling!
Why Worry About The Gifted?
There is a cost to neglecting gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Students with academic talent but limited resources make up a generation of young Americans whose future is closely intertwined with the future of the nation.
Why Worry About The Gifted?
Excellence achievement gaps among different racial groups have widened in the era of NCLB.
Most states show evidence of growing excellence gaps.
Some gaps are shrinking due to decreasing performance among top-achieving students.
Why Worry About The Gifted?
While the nation’s lowest-achieving youngsters made rapid gains from 2000 to 2007, the performance of top students was languid.
-Loveless, 2008
Why Worry About The Gifted?

Gifted students currently make the least academic growth in schools.
4.5% of high school drop outs are gifted.
Gifted learners are an essential component of Illinois’ economic development.
Why Worry About The Gifted?
Children with specific characteristics and needs.
Children from all backgrounds and experiences.
Children located in all school districts in Illinois.
Children at every grade level.
Who Are The Gifted?
Excel or have the capacity to excel when compared with others their age, experience and environment.
Perform in the top 5% locally in any area of aptitude, and specifically in language arts and mathematics.

(Extracted from ISBE definition)
Gifted Students
2006 – Collaborates with legislators to restore gifted language in School Code.
2008–2009 - Partners with ISBE to produce the Gifted Education Seminar (GES) & six Companion Modules.
2009–2010 - Collaborates with ISBE to pilot and share GES with 5,000 Illinois educators.
2011–Now - IAGC poised to provide GES and companion modules across Illinois.
IAGC Story Continues
1989 - Educators establish IAGC.
1989 - 2003 - IAGC helps to establish Illinois as leader in gifted education.
Raises awareness of underrepresented student populations.
Becomes One Voice with educators, parents, ISBE, legislators.
The IAGC Story
Children who perceive, think, feel, and learn differently.
Who Are The Gifted ?

Partnering for Better Education of
Highly Able Learners
The Gifted Education Story
Your Questions and Concerns
Our nation's quest to remain “first in the world" depends on developing America’s brightest minds.
Why Worry About The Gifted?
(High Achieving Students, 2008; Minding the Other Gap, 2010; Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude?, 2011); Gifted Students Who Drop Out: the Who and the Why, 2002
30-48% become “descenders.”
America's top students compared dismally with peers across the globe.
60% of teachers have not been trained to work with highly able students.
Illinois will continue to lose a valuable resource.
Underserved gifted children will continue to be neglected.

“Nearly half of all lower-income students identified as high-ability learners in the first grade lose this designation by fifth grade and drop out of school twice as often as their higher-income peers.”
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