"Makes a distinct contribution to program planning for gifted education. Provides great charts that illustrate the key basics for identifying change."
—Tara McGuigan, Resource Teacher
San Diego Unified School District, CA
"The major strength of the book is its step-by-step process. There are plenty of charts and checklists that make the book user-friendly. Great planning guide."
—Cheryl Brockman, Gifted Education Teacher
Jonathan Alder Local School District, Plain City, OH
Gain tools to custom-build programs that nurture students' strengths and talents!
Gifted programs should be as innovative, unique, and ever-evolving as the exceptional students they serve. This comprehensive handbook provides the expert guidance and tools necessary for shaping a contemporary, inclusive talent development program tailored to students' individual needs and strengths.
Rather than imposing a "one-size-fits-all" model, this guide offers a flexible six-stage framework for planning, implementing, evaluating, and enhancing gifted programs. The authors draw on current theory, research, and more than 20 years of professional experience with schools, districts, and state education agencies to provide proven approaches for designing new programs and reinvigorating existing ones. Practical tips and ready-to-use resources include:
- A CD-ROM with reproducibles, presentations, and templates aligned with each chapter
- Needs assessment and climate inventory exercises and resources
- Methods for constructing and implementing action plans
- Strategies for tackling logistics, including how to form planning committees and effectively lead the planning process
- Program goal-setting and evaluation tools
Ideal for gifted education coordinators, administrators, and special education directors, The Talent Development Planning Handbook covers best practices from leading experts to inspire innovation, improvement, growth, and change for talent development that contributes to the total school program.