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ERIC Number: EJ787950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Collaborating and Advocating with Administrators: The Arkansas Gifted Education Administrators' Story
Robinson, Ann
Gifted Child Today, v26 n4 p20-25 Fall 2003
Empirical research on the philosophies, beliefs, and actions of school administrators such as principals or superintendents toward talented students is largely nonexistent in the published literature. What little is known suggests that administrators are crucial, but that advocates of services for high-ability learners need to carry the message more effectively to school leaders. While the knowledge base on the understanding and support of the school administrator for specialized services for talented youth is limited, the general literature on school leadership asserts the importance of the role of the building principal as an instructional leader. According to VanTassel-Baska (1995), the curriculum is a key feature in the development of talents. If the curriculum is the key and the school administrator is to be the instructional leader, then principals are crucial players in providing opportunities to talented youth. Landrum and Callahan (2001) noted that administrators are an important audience for their professional development efforts in gifted education. Informed administrators are more supportive of teachers engaged in differentiated instruction and are more likely to make decisions with positive outcomes for high-ability learners. This article presents the collaboration story of the Arkansas Association of Gifted Education Administrators (AAGEA), a specialized professional organization formed in 1992 to provide a home for gifted program administrators. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas