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Gifted Education - What, How, and Why

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 16, 2016

On its surface, the expression of our mission sounds quite simple – to provide an appropriate learning environment for gifted learners. The complexity arises, of course, when we look more deeply at what exactly this means, how we go about doing it and, perhaps most importantly of all, why it matters.

I am very excited that we will be spending much of our collective energy this year asking – and, I hope – answering those questions.

This summer, our entire faculty and staff read Christine Fonseca’s Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students, and we are using her work as a focal point for discussions. We are also encouraging our parents to join this “big read” as well, and our Home and School Association will host a parent discussion on the book in November. There will be a number of other conversations throughout the year, involving all of our constituencies, on the special talents and needs of gifted students. All of this will enable us to become even better at fostering those talents and meeting those needs.

We are especially excited to welcome Linda Silverman, a renowned expert on gifted education, to campus on February 2, 2017, for an evening presentation to our community; she will also lead a staff workshop the following day.  Mark your calendars now! As you can see from Ms. Silverman’s own blog, it will be a highly informative and thought-provoking visit. It was clear to me at our opening meetings this year that our faculty and staff are excited to commence the school year and are eager to continue their own educational journeys around the delivery of our mission. With the launching of a new year, and our new blog, I share the excitement and anticipation of another great year on Maple Avenue!

Paul Druzinsky, Head of School

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