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Sketch of School Life: Inspiring medical career dreams

Ariana Fine
December, 2016
Dr. Niloufar Tehrani discusses the cranium and the location of the bones on Walden, the class skeleton. (Photo: Marcia Reed)

LAUSD’s 186th Street School jumps at a chance to expose primarily low-income students to the possibilities of a medical science career when a local health care provider offers a science enrichment curriculum for gifted-and-talented fifth-graders.

Do your schools have more gifted students than you thought?

Ryan Lacey
November, 2016
Most students perform either above or below grade level—rather than on it. (Click to enlarge)

A leading gifted-and-talented expert once believed the number of students who performed above grade level was between 5 and 15 percent. But a new study shows the number is much higher.

Gifted ELL students often overlooked

Alison DeNisco
July, 2016
Paradise Valley USD in Arizona screens all ELL and former ELL students for gifted programs.

English language learners remain the least represented group in gifted programs—meaning districts do not sufficiently tap the talents of the growing number of immigrant students entering U.S. schools.

Why aren’t more black students identified as gifted?

Alison DeNisco
April, 2016
In Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools, students in the gifted program study a local pond ecosystem. The district created a Young Scholars initiative in 2000 to increase the proportion of historically underrepresented students in K8 gifted programs.

Black elementary school students are half as likely as their white peers to be assigned to gifted elementary programs in math and reading—even with comparably high test scores. But the racial gap in giftedness disappears when black students have a black teacher, according to a study.

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