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Posted July 15, 2012
I didn't like this book. It read like an academic paper, not a guide or a how-to. I found it too technical to enjoy and found it hard-to-read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2012
“Serving Gifted Students Within an RtI Framework: A Practical Guide” by Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D., Tracey N. Sulak and Karen Rollins provides an overview of RtI (Response to Intervention) models in gifted education. RtI is a federally mandated program that was introduced in 2004 as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. Its purpose is to identify students with learning disabilities using the RtI process. The RtI process typically focuses on those children who have deficit skills, but this book shows how it should also focus on gifted students.
This book focuses on the following:
Overview of the Response to Intervention Process
Strong General Education Curriculum for Gifted Students
Tiers of Intervention
Monitoring Student Progress
Professional Development for Gifted Educators Involved in the RtI Process
This book does an excellent job of breaking down what the RtI process is and the many ways it can be implemented. It should be a must-have for all gifted teachers and for their administration. Gifted students tend not to be considered when looking at those who need more intense curriculum and support. This book shows how gifted students’ needs are not being met and how to use the RtI to meet them.
The authors include many tables throughout the book to help the reader to be able to glance over the information. The first table demonstrates the Tier Process of RtI and shows how the three tiers affect the following: curriculum, assessments, teacher, research-based intervention, and location. Each chapter also contains a summary of the chapter.
I thought that this book did an excellent job of breaking down exactly what the RtI is and how its implementation varies from state to state. It gives the gifted teacher concrete ways to use the RtI to help gifted students who tend to be overlooked. It is good for parents of gifted students also who may not quite understand what RtI is (I sure didn’t) and offers ways that parents can also help their child, such as having their child participate in Academic Talent Searches and other opportunities such as Odyessy of the Mind and Future Problem Solving Program International. It also has information about web-based resources for RtI. In the back of the book there is a table that lists each state and whether the state responded to their survey, if the state’s model includes Gifted and Talented (GT), if the model is in the drafting stage including GT, how GT is part of the state’s model, how GT is supported within RtI, if GT is part of the visual model, and who to contact in that state.
Excellent book for those who work with gifted children, whether it be parents, teachers or school administrators.
**This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads. That in no way influenced my review.**