An Educational Night for Parents and Teachers:
Supporting Students Who Are Gifted
Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin teaches the PostDoc Masterclass at University of Cambridge but lives most of the year in California writing books like Engaging & Challenging Gifted Students. Dr. Rankin is a Mensan who volunteers as the assistant coordinator of the Mensa Gifted Youth Program. She has a Ph.D. in Education and served as an award-winning K-12 teacher, school administrator, district administrator, and chief education & research officer. She presents regularly (e.g., her TED Talk at TEDxTUM) and has been honored by the U.S. White House for her dedication to students.
NAGC: Planning for Summer
SENG Model Parent Group -
SENG Model Parent Groups are structured to bring together 10 to 20 interested parents of gifted and talented children to discuss such topics as motivation, discipline, stress management, and peer relationships. The co-facilitators of the group, though they are knowledgeable about parenting and about educating gifted/talented children, do not attempt to give expert advice to families. Instead their facilitation provides a non-judgmental and nurturing atmosphere. The parents of the high ability children are themselves a rich resource of information, and they are able to get fresh ideas from other parents and from A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, the book around which the sessions are organized.
Cost: $120 per person due at time of registration. Registration is non-refundable.
Please bring a copy of A Parents Guide to Gifted Children to the first meeting.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the characteristics of a typical gifted student?
Gifted children have characteristics that often make them stand out from other students. Gifted students are curious, have a good memory, a developed sense of humor, they are highly creative, use advanced vocabulary, and have a wide knowledge base as compared to their peers.
Is there a definition of "gifted"?
Yes, the current definition, which is located in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is "Children who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities".
What is the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program?
The GATE program provides challenging curriculum and instruction to gifted and talented students in California capable of achieving significantly beyond the level of their peers. The state of California provides program and grant support to local school districts to establish GATE programs. The state provides general standards that offer districts considerable flexibility in defining who are "gifted and talented" and in designing local programs.
What is the process for GATE identification?
Each district develops its own criteria for GATE identification. Contact your district GATE coordinator for more information regarding identification and testing.
How is GATE instruction different?
GATE programs use Depth and Complexity to enhance and make the core-curriculum different. Depth and Complexity is used to differentiate learning opportunities that stress the complexity of subject matter, develop greater depth in thinking and reasoning skills, and provide for the creation of new ideas and new products.
What is differentiated instruction?
Differentiated instruction involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching materials so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.
Where can I find more resources?