Fall 2020 Return to Learn and Gifted and Talented Learners
Iowa school districts are developing Return to Learn plans to explain how student learning will be supported in the 2020-2021 school year following the mid-March closure of schools because of coronavirus. ITAG and gifted stakeholders want to make sure that the needs of gifted learners are part of all district plans so that all students are learning every day.
To this end, ITAG prepared Supporting Gifted Learners in Your District’s Return to Learn Plan: Advocacy and Instructional Strategies for TAG Teachers, TAG Coordinators, Instructional Coaches, Administrators, and Parents.
Supporting Gifted Learners in Your District’s Return to Learn Plan is based on the Iowa DE’s Return to Learn Support document. We have identified sections relevant to gifted and talented education in the Return to Learn Support document and have shared suggested advocacy and instructional strategies. The Return to Learn plans will be decided by local school districts, and your advocacy effort should be directed toward local district officials. You may wish to review the suggestions in this document and opt to focus on one or two of the issues that are most relevant to your district’s plan. Your district may be using something other than the Return to Learn guidance to create and document their plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
Fall 2020 Return to Learn: Weekly Mailings
To support educators and administrators in addressing the needs of gifted students, ITAG is sending short weekly messages during Summer 2020 with information about best practices in gifted education. Our focus is on practices that yield the greatest benefit for gifted learners (see Karen Rogers’ slideshow and the Iowa DE MTSS Advanced Learner Guide).
Here is a link to each week’s mailing.
Partnering with School Counselors
- The School Counselor and Gifted and Talented Student Programs from the American School Counselor Association
- Bailey, C. L. (2007, October). Social and emotional needs of gifted students: What school counselors need to know to most effectively serve this diverse student population. Paper based on a program presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Columbus, OH.
- School Counseling- Gifted Kids Need It Too (Episode 43 of the Mind Matters Podcast)
- NAGC position paper: Nurturing Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children
- Counseling Gifted and Talented Students by Dr. Nicholas Colangeo
- Six Strategies for Challenging Gifted Learners, an article from ASCD
- Gifted Resources at IowaCore.gov in the categories of Instruction, Assessment, and Professional Development
- See the tables in the MTSS Advanced Learner Guide that provide strategies for universal, supplemental, and intensive tiers
- Academic Acceleration