Differentiation for Gifted Learners


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Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics

by Diane Heacox, Ed.D., and Richard M. Cash, Ed.D.

Differentiated instruction for gifted and talented students significantly differs from the ways in which educators differentiate instruction and curriculum for other students. Within a group of advanced learners, the variety of abilities, talents, interests, and learning styles can be formidable. Differentiated instruction for gifted and talented students must go beyond adjusting content levels, task complexity, or product choice. For the first time, this book connects the unique learning differences among gifted students to the specific teaching methods used to tailor their educational experiences. Topics discussed include Common Core State Standards, real-world problem solving, abstract thinking, interdisciplinary concepts, authentic products, learning autonomy, accountability, grouping practices, affective curriculum, 21st-century skills, Advanced Placement and Honors classes, IB programs, underserved populations, and twice-exceptional learners.

Downloadable digital content includes PowerPoint presentation for professional development and customizable reproducible forms.

Diane Heacox, Ed.D., is an associate professor of education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She also actively serves as a consultant and professional development trainer for both public and private schools.

Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., is a presenter and professional development trainer who has worked with schools throughout the United States and internationally. Previously, he served as director of gifted programs for the Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota.

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