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Written for K–5 teachers, this practical guide corrects misunderstandings in the field of acceleration and provides the tools necessary to effectively determine the most appropriate learning options for gifted students. Through real-life stories, well-known authors in gifted education, Joan Smutny, Sally Y. Walker, and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, dispel the common myths about acceleration and describe what it is, what forms it takes, and what it can do for gifted learners—intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Presenting nuts-and-bolts guidance, this valuable resource provides:

  • Numerous case studies, helpful checklists, and reproducible forms
  • Prevailing theories and current research
  • Social-emotional aspects of acceleration practices
  • Instructional strategies for implementation in various school settings
  • Learning opportunities for underserved groups, such as multicultural and urban students
  • Bibliographies and helpful Web sites

Offering a new perspective on how prevailing attitudes have deprived students of opportunities to develop their talents, Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K–5, directly reflects the 2004 Templeton Report in validating the urgency to meet gifted students' needs.

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Editorial Reviews

Psyc CRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology
"This delightful book, packed with resources and ideas for working with gifted learners, helps us be aware of all the children in the classroom. It is easy to read and providesa wonderful resource for teachers, parents, and staff. "
October 2007 PsycCRITIQUES
"This delightful book, packed with resources and ideas for working with gifted learners, helps us be aware of all the children in the classroom. It is easy to read and providesa wonderful resource for teachers, parents, and staff."
October 2007 Psyc CRITIQUES
"This delightful book, packed with resources and ideas for working with gifted learners, helps us be aware of all the children in the classroom. It is easy to read and providesa wonderful resource for teachers, parents, and staff."
Julia Link Roberts
"A must-read resource. Parents and teachers will value highly the content of this book on acceleration as they work together to address the needs of children who are gifted and talented. "
Barbara Clark
"Acceleration is not treated as a strategy of last resort, but as a logical and reasonable way to acknowledge and provide for the growth and continuous progress of all children. "
Nicholas Colangelo
"Gives readers excellent step-by-step guidance on extensive ways to provide appropriate acceleration adjustment for our young advanced learners. "
Susan G. Assouline
"Each chapter is an in-depth manual on how to sensitively and effectively achieve acceleration collaboratiively with parents, educators, and students. "
Jan Davidson
"A well-written, extremely useful guide for parents and educators who wish to provide gifted students an opportunity to learn at a pace and level appropriate to their abilities. Offers valuable insight on the social and emotional aspects of effective acceleration. "
Dorothy Sisk
"A practical guide for all stakeholders in gifted education: parents, teachers, counselors and administrators. A 'how to' with heart and compassion focusing on the whole child that addresses the social and emotional aspects of effective acceleration."
Susan Winebrenner
"Provides a much-needed implementation guide for educators and parents who support acceleration. A critically important addition to the professional libraries of all who support gifted, young people in their quest for an excellent education."
Joseph S. Renzulli
"A renewed interest in acceleration and powerful support from the research community have triggered a need for practical guidance to effectively implement acceleration practices. This book provides teachers with the tools for assessing individual student's academic strengths and differentiating classroom practices to accommodate the needs of highly able learners."
Gifted Education News-Page
"A detailed and humane resource for achieving the proper educational match between the curriculum and gifted students' ability levels, interests, and motivation. All educators and parents interested in the progress of gifted education should read and apply the pedagogically enlightening and inspirational ideas presented."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412925679
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Franklin Smutny is founder and director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner. She directs programs for thousands of bright, talented, and gifted children in the Chicago area annually. She also teaches creative writing in many of these programs as well as courses on gifted education for graduate students at the university level. She is editor of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted, and a regular contributor to the Gifted Education Communicator, Parenting for High Potential, and the Gifted Education Press Quarterly. Smutny has authored, co-authored, and edited many articles and books on gifted education for teachers, parents, and administrators, including Challenging High Potential Spanish Speaking Students (2012), Teaching Advanced Learners in the General Education Classroom (2011), Manifesto of the Gifted Girl (2010), Differentiating for the Young Child, Second Edition (2010), Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K–6 (2009), Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K–5 (2007), Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women (2007), Designing and Developing Programs for Gifted Students (2003), Underserved Gifted Populations (2003), Gifted Education: Promising Practices (2003), Stand Up for Your Gifted Child (2001), The Young Gifted Child: Potential and Promise, an Anthology (1998), and Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom (1997). In 1996, she won the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the field of gifted education.

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Table of Contents

Preface   Miraca U. M. Gross     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
About the Authors     xv
Introduction     xvii
Acceleration: Issues and Applications for Gifted Learners (K-5)     1
Acceleration and the K-5 Gifted Child     3
Acceleration in a Differentiated Classroom     19
Acceleration and Creativity: Closing the Gap     37
Assessment for Accelerated Learners     55
Appropriate Academic-Classroom Acceleration     73
Acceleration of Content     75
The Thinking Process     91
Product Development     107
Standards and Policy     121
Social and Emotional Aspects of Effective Acceleration     133
Obstacles to Acceleration     135
Adaptations to Personality     147
Facilitating Acceleration     159
Social Relationships     169
Facilitating Acceleration for Parents and Educators     179
Bibliography     191
Index     199
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