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ERIC Number: ED542428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Rejecting the "At-Risk" Stereotype: Project U-STARS-PLUS Helps Kids "At-Potential." FPG Snapshot #61
FPG Child Development Institute
Every day, schools and communities across the U.S. identify millions of young children as "at risk"--especially those with a minority background, who live in poor neighborhoods or are learning English as a second language. FPG's Project U-STARS-PLUS (Using Science, Talents, and Abilities to Recognize Students-Promoting Learning for Under-Represented Students) has turned the "at-risk" stereotype on its head. Rather than assuming children are at-risk, U-STARS-PLUS assumes "at-potential." Project U-STARS-PLUS works with school districts to support elementary teachers in the early recognition and nurturing of outstanding potential in children. The philosophy of U-STARS-PLUS is to recognize children's strengths by: (1) providing an environment that nurtures students intellectually and emotionally; and (2) observing students systematically. The project is characterized by five components: (1) High-end challenging learning opportunities; (2) Systematic observation of students to identify potential to inform instruction; (3) Hands-on, inquiry-based science lessons that focus on exploration, problem solving, higher-level thinking, creativity, and persistence and that can be meaningfully integrated across the curriculum; (4) Parent and family engagement in school and academic areas of interest; and (5) Systemic change through capacity building.
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute