Program Delivery Models for the Gifted

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program Duke TIP: Which delivery models are most prevalent among gifted programs in the United States today? Joyce VanTassel-Baska: The models have not changed much in the past 25 years. At the elementary level, the pull-out model, in which gifted students are assigned to a class with a special […]

Ability Grouping and Gifted Children

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program Ability grouping and tracking are two methods of grouping students for instruction. Ability grouping, commonly practiced in elementary schools, is when students of similar ability or achievement level within a class are grouped for instruction. Tracking, or grouping between classes, occurs more often in middle and high schools. […]

How Many Ability Levels Can One Teacher Juggle? The Case for Differentiated Differentiation

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program One of the first steps of advocating for academically talented students is identifying that their educational needs aren’t being met in the classroom. Obviously, there are numerous ways this can be done. One compelling way was recently reported in a recent Gifted Child Quarterly article that showed the […]

Growing a Middle Schooler

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program Imagine the thoughts of fifth-grade students preparing to enter middle school. What sorts of questions are forming in their minds? What fears make their hearts race and palms sweat? Plenty! The student may be asking: What is middle school like? Will I get lost? Will I be challenged? […]

Getting More from Your Parent-Teacher Conference

By the Duke University Talent Identification Program The parent-teacher conference is a unique opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on your child’s progress in school and to share your parental insights with the teacher. You will want to use this limited time to its best advantage. Prepare for the conference well ahead of time. First, […]