INNOVATION, CREATIVITY AND PROGRESS. These are some of the things that have helped America become what it is today. Whether you see it in a former Alaskan winning the Nobel Prize in Physics or in Steve Jobs and his life as a technology pioneer – helping our brightest youth succeed is important. So today we're turning the spotlight on the education of Alaska's Gifted and Talented students.
IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joining host Shana Sheehy in the studio to discuss how gifted and talented kids are identified, tested and then educated are three guests: Peter Ljubicich, director of the Anchorage School District Gifted Program; Annie Bill, director of the Mat-Su Borough’s Talented and Gifted Program; and Susan Dulong Langley of the National Association for Gifted Children in Massachusetts.
WEB RESOURCES FOR G&T ED:
Thanks to Annie Bill for providing this list.
• The Underrepresentation of Minorities in G&T Programs - Nationally, Native Americans, Hispanics and African Americans have been under-represented in gifted and talented programs by as much as 50%. Regular contributor Jessica Cochran spoke with Vanderbilt University professor Dr. Donna Ford who has been studying this cause for concern for about 20 years.
• Don't Tell Your Kids They're Smart - Dr. Carol Dweck is an internationally-recognized expert in intelligence research who has found that praising children's efforts - instead of their intelligence - encourages them to continue learning and growing all throughout life. Kids who are praised for being smart, she says, quickly grow afraid of failing. Producer Sarah Gonzales recently spoke with Dr. Dweck.
[Watch The Effect of Praise on Mindset video with Dr. Dweck explaining her study.]
• Real Life Revenge of the Nerds - Our brainiac blogger, high school senior Patrick Walgren says if being smart means he'll be the boss someday, he's just fine with being labeled as a "nerd".