FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. "The genuine concern is, we know we’re not identifying all of this population. We’re not getting nearly enough, and we’re losing them.” That's what a researcher says about gifted kids, about kids who aren't identified early or who don't get special attention at school. And you know that your twice-exceptional kid might be one of those. Read more. (The article quotes Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, former NAGC president, about the disparity between federal funding for the gifted and for special ed.)
MORE ON GIFTED LEARNERS. NAGC Executive Director Nancy Green and Helaine Zinaman, of a Maryland gifted ed group, comment on recent developments that have made it a little easier for some gifted kids to get extra attention -- legislation in Maryland and in Washington, DC. They note that Maryland now requires districts to identify and serve gifted students, joining 27 other states. (Although the mandate is, as often happens, unfunded.) And they also note the restoration of some Javits Program funding, $5 million out of a federal budget of $1.1 trillion. These optimistic gifted leaders conclude their article, "Now is the time to build upon these gains to ensure the precious resource of our talented students is squandered no longer." Find the article, and way to go Nancy and Helaine.
WEBINAR: TEACHING DYSLEXICS. On March 26, Education Week will facilitate a "sponsored webinar" in which "leading researcher and educator Dr. Louisa Moats will define dyslexia, provide essential facts, and discuss groundbreaking practices in professional development to help teachers learn what they need to know to help students with this condition succeed in the classroom." Registration is free but required for this one-hour event. Find out more.