California Association for the Gifted (CAG) periodically publishes position papers that deal with issues, policies, and practices that have an impact on the education of gifted and talented students. All position papers approved by the CAG Board of Directors are consistent with the organization’s philosophy and mission, and the current research in the field.
All students, regardless of their gifted identification, deserve to learn, make continuous progress, and succeed. Gifted services are necessary to have at every school site to meet the academic, intellectual, social and emotional needs of gifted and high ability students.
California schools are funded through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) as a means to provide greater flexibility to school districts in the distribution of equitable funding that is responsive to local needs. Through LCFF, the state is providing the decision-making power to school districts and their school boards, with input from parents and community members to make fiscal decisions for student needs. School districts engage parents, staff, and community members to gather input to develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that addresses the needs of all students. Make sure gifted students are included in your school district’s LCAP. Request that your school district include programming and services for gifted students by to your school board and superintendent.
Joyce VanTassel-Baska discusses the merits of the two important provisions for the gifted students: acceleration and ability grouping. While the issues are deemed controversial, studies have shown that acceleration and ability grouping work and this article provides a recommendation on how educators can help gifted students.
The California Association for the Gifted (CAG) periodically publishes position papers that deal with issues, policies, and practices that have an impact on the education of gifted and talented students. All position papers approved by the CAG Board of Directors are consistent with the organization’s philosophy and mission, and the current research in the field. This paper focuses on extending and differentiating the California Common Core Standards for the gifted students.
California State Board of Education publishes a recommendation standard for gifted programming.
Social and Emotional Support
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted:
In this list, you can find various associations, journals, organizations/programs, and research centers that focus on gifted education and supporting gifted students.
Questions to Ask as a Parent of a Gifted Child
Working collaboratively with the district, school or classroom teacher is a great way to ensure services for students who are gifted. When meeting regarding your child’s educational plan, communicate your child’s needs clearly, offer information that is relevant, be a part of the solution, and work as a partner with the school / teacher. When you leave the meeting, there should be a clear understanding of the next steps.
Some of the below might be helpful in your conversation.