ERIC Number: ED371520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Blending Gifted Education and School Reform. ERIC Digest #E525.
Hanninen, Gail E.
This digest provides a process for assuring that the unique needs of students who are gifted are addressed within the context of systemic educational reform. Several key elements guide the process: creating belief statements, clarifying the issues, and designing strategies for implementation. Generating belief statements based on what is believed about all learners helps the district or school to create a set of expected outcomes that will affect the entire community. The next step calls for identifying important critical issues to help narrow the topics of concern and focus discussion. Designing implementation strategies involves the following five steps: analyze the language; list key decision makers, stakeholders, and risk takers; infuse gifted/talented into school policies; visualize the desired direction; and enact equitable access to resources. The digest lists reform strategies generated at a gifted leadership conference, focusing on grouping options and outcomes-based education. An inevitable outcome of blending gifted education and school reform is believed to be better schools for all students. (JDD)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Beliefs, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Program Implementation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, School Restructuring, Special Education, Student Educational Objectives
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($1 each, minimum order $5 prepaid).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.