North DalLas gifted
 
 
Who We Are
We are an association of parents, educators, and business leaders, advocating for the educational and emotional needs of our gifted youth.
 
We believe that our gifted students are probably the most under-served  group in our schools.
 
We believe that our gifted children need interaction with others of similar intellect and ability , and that our schools should group our gifted children based on ability, rather that strictly by age.
 
We believe that our gifted kids need nurturing and differentiated educational opportunities.
 
We believe that the talents of our gifted youth, a valuable national asset,  are being squandered by misunderstanding and indifference.
 
We advocate for the expansion of the Gifted programs in our public schools, and we promote social opportunities for our gifted youth.
 
We are champions for the establishment of a school for the academically gifted in the McKinney/Allen/Plano/Frisco area.
 
Our Aspirations
 
If you’ve recently discovered that your child is gifted, then you are probably trying to understand what that really means.  We hope that this page will direct you to some helpful information.
 
If you are looking for some local resources, we hope that this page will be useful as well.
 
This website a work in progress.  If you have some insight you’d like to share, or know of some local  resources we’ve not identified here, please contact us so that we can add it to this site.
 
Our Mission
 
Facilitate parent education, outreach, and advocacy for the improvement of gifted education in our community
 
 
Parent Education
 
 
I would encourage every parent to immerse themselves in the gifted literature.  There are many excellent textbooks published by Great Potentials Press  (www.giftedbooks.com).
 
Two books that speak to the social/emotional needs of gifted children, and provide parenting advice are:
 
    1.  A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children 
    2.  Guiding the Gifted Child
 
The following is a guide for those wishing to conduct SENG Model parent support groups for parents of gifted children
 
    1.  Gifted Parent Groups  
 
 
There are several books that address the educational needs of gifted children:
 
    1. Re-forming Gifted Education
    2. Gifted Children, Gifted Education
    3. Losing Our Minds
 
 
There is a book by Thomas Friedman called  "The World is Flat".  It discusses globalization, the digital revolution, the quiet crisis in gifted education, and what it all means for our long term national and economic security, and quality of life.
 
 
Outreach
 
It's been reported that the testing techniques used by the schools to identify gifted students fail to identify nearly half the gifted children that take the tests.  The schools won't share this information, perhaps because they would be on the hook for more costly individual evaluations.   
 
Parents who believe that their children are gifted should be advised to get a private evaluation.  Having a formal diagnosis of giftedness will aid in their negotiations to get the necessary services for their children. Without a formal diagnosis, parent's risk being seen as elitist when they request special accommodations.   
 
 
 
Advocacy
 
Sadly, most educators I've encountered don't really understand giftedness.  I suppose that they really can't unless they've raised gifted children themselves.
 
Furthermore, gifted education is not a priority for our school board or administration, they likely believe that these kids will find their own way, and don't need any special help.  They must be made to understand that gifted children have special needs, and are entitled to an appropriate and equitable education.  
 
    Aristotle said: “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”  
 
I think that this is as true today as it was then.  Equitable does not mean sameness.
 
I did a quick google search to see which of the presidential candidates had any position on gifted education at all.  The latest thing I found were statements made by Bush and Gore during the 2000 campaign.  
 
I had the opportunity to see one of the leading presidential candidates speak in Dallas recently.  I was talking to a this guy who recently ran for public office in Tarrant County ( I don't know if he won), who also happened to be the parent of two gifted children.  I asked him why the candidates were not talking about gifted education.  He explained that the gifted community is statistically insignificant.     
 
If we wish to change school policy and attain more equitable educations for our kids, we must unified, we must be informed, we must be diplomatic, and we must not allow ourselves to be statistically insignificant.
 
 
 
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Getting started with giftedness?
 
hoagiesgifted.org is the premier online resource for all things gifted.
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