As initiatives begin to remedy the underrepresentation of ELLs, gifted programming must improve support for these students despite cultural and linguistic differences. This session describes ways to respond to linguistic diversity in gifted education and practical ways to implement curricular and instructional strategies that mitigate knowledge gaps and language barriers.
Gifted students that struggle to perform to academic expectations are often misunderstood for being lazy, or not trying hard enough. A dual differentiation definition through a cognitive diversity lens will be presented. Implementation strategies will be illustrated through case study examples.
Finding bilingual resources for high-ability learners continues to be a challenge. This resource list is intended to provide a variety of options in curricular and high-interest areas. It includes sites with language support, materials in Spanish, or both.
The issues that lead to gifted underachievement are complex and often misunderstood. Learn about the myths that persist about gifted socio-emotional needs, discover what the research says, and explore ways to help students build healthy self-concepts. Leave with concrete strategies for the classroom to guide students toward their full potential.
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