Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide

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Great Potential Press, Inc., 2008 - Education - 358 pages
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The book is an essential guide to parent advocacy for gifted students. Parents and teachers can learn how to document a child's abilities and how to approach the schools to request reasonable educational options for that child in each academic year. This book also provides information on testing, score interpretation, curriculum, and successful programs for children in grades K-12. It is a practical and helpful guide written by a parent who learned how to advocate for her own son and who now helps other families advocate in their local schools to provide appropriate challenge for their gifted children.


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Chapter 2 What Do We Mean by Gifted? 29
Chapter 3 Testing Considerations 59
Chapter 4 Curriculum and Instruction 93
Why Gifted Children Fail to Achieve Preface to Chapters 5 and 6 127
Chapter 5 Underachievement When a Child Is Too Advancedfor the Educational Program 129
Chapter 6 Underachievement Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities or Other Deficits 145
Chapter 7 Successful Programs for Gifted Students 177
Chapter 9 Teachers of the Gifted 223
Chapter 10 Charter SchoolsIn Principle and Practice 261
Chapter 11 Planning Your Childs ProgramYear by Year 285
Endnotes 343

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About the author (2008)

Barbara J. Gilman, M.S., is the Associate Director of the Gifted Development Center in Denver, CO. She holds degrees in Child Development and Psychology, and has extensive experience testing gifted children, making educational recommendations, working with the highly gifted, and gifted children with learning disabilities. A mother of highly gifted sons, she is a veteran of gifted committees, helped create an accelerated charter middle school, and is a popular speaker for parents and teachers on advocacy and classroom accommodations for the gifted.

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