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Evelyn Levsky Hiatt

A Commentary on Gifted Education

It is no secret that the state of Texas is facing economic problems. Economic problems are, unfortunately, never isolated—they affect every area of state government. Cutbacks can be expected in road construction, state employment and, yes, in education. And whenever there are cutbacks in education, programs for gifted students invariably suffer.

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Christina T. Dearman

Student Spotlight: Better Than Sleeping: Summer Science Institute

In in its third year, the Summer Science Institute (SSI) is a collaboration between UNT’s Talent Search program, the Texas Academy of Math and Science (TAMS), and Strickland Middle School in Denton, TX.

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Krystal K. Goree

Student Spotlight: The Art of Creativity

For gifted young artist Kaylee Cooper of Waco, art gives her a chance to explore the world from different perspectives.

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Lacy Compton

Student Spotlight: Igniting Students’ Passions Through Mentoring Experiences

The school’s IGNITE! Summer Intensives couples younger students exploring areas of interest with older students serving as Teaching Fellows.

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Lacy Compton

Student Spotlight: Expressing Identity

For adolescents, one of the primary struggles faced is that of identity (as Erikson noted in his stages of psychosocial development, the psychosocial crisis of adolescence is identity vs. role confusion). When thinking about how to spotlight student work for this issue on the social and emotional needs of gifted students, I realized how I personally found solace as an adolescent trying to figure out my identity—through words, through stories and poems and songs.

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Lacy Compton

Student Spotlight: Goal: Giving English Language Learners Opportunities for Leadership

Bryan originally just wanted to play soccer. For this Denton student, his district’s unique program, GOAL (Guys/Girls Operating as Leaders), offered him that ability.