Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics


Within a group of advanced learners, the variety of abilities, talents, interests, and learning styles can be formidable. 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. Differentiated instruction for gifted and ...

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Within a group of advanced learners, the variety of abilities, talents, interests, and learning styles can be formidable. 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. Differentiated instruction for gifted and talented students must go beyond adjusting content levels, task complexity, or product choice.
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
  • twice-exceptional learners
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Editorial Reviews

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2014 Legacy Book Award Winner

“Considering gifted students with learning disabilities to those from diverse backgrounds, authors Diane Heacox and Richard M. Cash address the unique educational experiences of all types of gifted and talented learners . . . The practical suggestions are realistic for classroom teachers to implement and the straightforward tone of the book makes it easy to read and understand.”—Gifted Child Today

Differentiation for Gifted Learners is the right book at the right time. Finally a book with specific teaching methods that can be used to tailor lessons to meet the unique needs of gifted learners!”—Wendy A. Behrens, coauthor of Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach

“Heacox and Cash clearly understand the landscape of schools and what is needed to make programming work. The many user-friendly lists and suggestions for . . . classroom strategies make this book an excellent reference for daily use.”—Felicia A. Dixon, Ph.D., author of The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education and Programs and Services for Gifted Secondary Students

“Heacox and Cash have each made significant contributions to the field of gifted education. Together, they more than double their impact in this thoughtful, easy-to-read book. They use current research to address timely issues like differentiating the Common Core State Standards for high ability students, co-teaching as a collaborative effort, and focusing on assessment as a critical element of the instructional process. They tackle topics not previously discussed like working with immigrant students and designing challenging honors courses for secondary students. This book is full of practical suggestions for classroom teachers, gifted education specialists, and principals. It is a must-have for those eager to go ‘Beyond the Basics.’”—Chrystyna V. Mursky, director of professional learning at Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and educational consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


"Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Beyond the Basics takes the reader on a journey that is both conceptual and practical at the same time. It offers direction and sophisticated solutions for issues faced by advanced and progressive schools."—Antarina S.F. Amir, Founder & CEO of HighScope Indonesia Institute

“At last, a comprehensive, up-to-date book that explicitly describes how to differentiate for gifted and talented learners. The heart of the book comes from Heacox and Cash’s step-by-step description of how to differentiate the content, process, or product of a lesson in order to meet the needs of the gifted and talented learners. The authors include a variety of instructional strategies that educators can use immediately with their identified students. If educators are looking for practical information on the topic of differentiation for gifted and talented students, look no further.”—Patti Drapeau, consultant in gifted education at the Maine Department of Education and adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine

Differentiation for Gifted Learners is an excellent resource . . . Filled with practical definitions and explanations, the book offers a straightforward understanding of what it means to be gifted and talented and the components to a strong gifted program.”—Susie Strasser, high school English teacher

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575424408
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Edition description: Book with Digital Content
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 223,623
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 14.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Heacox, Ed.D., is an associate professor of education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also actively serves as a professional development trainer for both public and private schools on topics related to teaching and learning. She is currently the international facilitator for the Higher Education Network of ASCD and chair of the Middle Level Division of NAGC. Diane’s books include Making Differentiation a Habit and Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., is a highly sought-after presenter and professional developer who has worked with schools throughout the United States and internationally. Previously, he taught elementary, middle-grade, and graduate students for over 20 years, and served as director of gifted programs for the Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota. He is the author of Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century. Richard lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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