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ERIC Number: EJ837939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Where Are All the Students of Color in Gifted Education?
King, Kathleen A.; Kozleski, Elizabeth B.; Lansdowne, Kimberly
Principal, v88 n5 p16-20 May-Jun 2009
Many principals across the U.S., working with regional assistance centers like the Equity Alliance, are presently engaged in exploring and improving the quality of learning opportunities for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD). The need for such work has been recognized in the fields of special and gifted education. The Scottsdale Unified School District in Scottsdale, Arizona is an example of a district that addresses the under-representation of CLD students identified as gifted and talented. As a first step, the district systematically distributed teachers who were qualified in both gifted education and teaching English-language learners to its five Title 1 schools. Next, the district looked more closely at the methods used to identify and recruit students for the gifted education program and compared those methods against criteria for culturally responsive assessment, including ways that students demonstrated their knowledge, learning, and talents. Consequently, more students from CLD backgrounds were selected for gifted and talented development opportunities and were provided with supplemental learning experiences, including field trips to museums and science/nature centers. Currently, the ethnic population of Scottsdale's gifted programs more closely mirrors the ethnic population of the district's Title 1 schools. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona