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Success Stories in Gifted Education
"More than anything else I wanted Joshua to grow up happy and enjoying
life. I don't think he would have if we had not let him go to college early. I
can't even imagine... People used to ask if we were making a mistake. They
don't even ask anymore. Joshua's life, accomplishments, and joy speak for
Samantha Q. Whiggins, in Probably the best thing I have ever done...
January 10, 2013
- Advocating for a Grade Skip: A Portfolio of
Research by Sandy Mixson
- A parent's recipe for successful advocacy!
- An Anomaly: Parenting a Twice Exceptional Girl
by Kiesa Kay
- She's been diagnosed as a profoundly gifted girl with sensory integrative
dysfunction... a parent's story
- Asimov's Law and Advocacy by Toni Goodman
- Asimov's Law: "Never attribute to malice what can be adequately
explained by ignorance or stupidity." Perhaps one of the most difficult
principles to be mindful of...
- Asynchrony: Homeschooling an Exceptionally Gifted
Child by Hilary Cohen
- Exceptionally gifted children are so different from their age mates, they
often do not fit in school situations...
- Benny and Me: A Father Sees Himself Through
his Aspergers Son
by Mike Postma
- A father's story, Asperger's through the unique view of a gifted and
talented educator and his son...
Best of Both Worlds by Carol Danz, California Association for the
- Imagine being granted the opportunity to provide enrichment for your
gifted children at home one or two days a week, while they continue to
receive the benefits of their public school experience... (requires Adobe Reader)
Reading by Jaye Lester
- I knew what a problem being far ahead of other kids could present in
school so I decided not to teach my son to read. My son figured it out
entirely by himself...
- Home Schooling - A Family Affair by Suzy
- Instead of making me stressed and crazy, it brought enormous calm and
peace into our family. No one was more surprised than I was!
- How Squid
Got Skipped: The Book of Squid by Marjorie
- The preparation, the meeting, the decision, and the "Book of Squid"... one
parent's successful advocacy story
Rather be Here Than in High School An Interview with Carwil James, an
Early Entrant to Northwestern University
- Carwil's advice to students considering early entrance...
In The Asynchronous Family
by Kathi Kearney
- From asynchrony within the gifted child to asynchrony in the family to
asynchrony in the larger society, from the "early empty nest"
syndrome to schooling and other bureaucracies, a great summary of life with
the gifted child!
And the follow up to the "Life with Max" article quoted in Kathi's article,
More Life with Max by Patti Estes
- Making it Work: Homeschooling while Working at
Home by Natalie Thomas
- Homeschooling is a wonderful lifestyle choice for us. But how can I do
this as a work at home Mom?
- A Montessori Success Story by Bev
- My son's Montessori story shows what can be accomplished by a school that
respects the individuality of each child and emphasizes respect for all
- My Mockingbird by Ruthie
- Some well-meaning professionals shoot at our mockingbirds. Parents of
twice-exceptional kids are told that our kids are too smart for the special
education services they need -- and in the same breath, that they don't
achieve enough in the classroom to receive the instruction they need
- One Profoundly Gifted
Kid's Story by Deborah L. Ruf
- Although there are important social and emotional issues to be
considered..., I will concentrate on how we found the academic fit that kept
Eddie at least moderately challenged while giving him the social
opportunities we felt he needed
- Part Time High School by Jill
- We have to accept that we can't plan more than a year ahead...
- Probably the best thing I have ever done... by
Samantha Q. Whiggins
- More than anything else I wanted Joshua to grow up happy and enjoying
- Radical Possibilities for the Profoundly Gifted by Gay
- "My son, age 10, whom we've home schooled since he was 6, started
taking a 2nd year Spanish class at a local community college last fall at
age 9. He will be enrolled at a local university this coming fall."
Raising My Twice-Exceptional Children... Not What I Signed Up For! by Sarah
- Our homeschooling adventure began abruptly, when we realized that a bad
preschool situation had become intolerable. Every day, it seemed, Origami
left school either in a rage or in hysterics. Removing Origami from
school produced an immediate positive change in his behavior and in his
state of mind...
Robert by Rachel Waugh
- Recently my son won the weekly math competition at school. The question
was, “What place in the Fibonacci series does the seventh root of the number
1,522,435,234,375 hold?”* It’s the kind of question that makes most
grown-ups hyperventilate, but Robert, 6, did it on the bus that morning for
fun. Since that Friday was also pajama day, he received his prize (a book of
math puzzles) wearing his Curious George pj’s... With college
classes looming closer than puberty, we are facing some uncharted
Road Taken: One Family’s Journey Through an Educational System by Patsy
- Our 12-year-old 8th grader took the bulk of his courses at the local high
school. To maintain contact with his age peers, he was bused to the middle
school two days a week to eat lunch with his friends, practice in the school
band, and take gym and health classes. This was part of a succession of
unique acceleration strategies...
and Goliath: A Seventh-Grade Girl's Skipping Odyssey
by Mary Reed, NAGC Parenting for High Potential
This was an odyssey in the true sense of the word with many twists and turns.
We all felt dizzy by the time it was over. The key for us, as a family, was
to make sure that this was what Susan wanted and that she was both
emotionally and mentally ready. Now that Susan’s second year of high school
is nearly finished, we feel vindicated. Susan did slay Goliath—not with a
stone, but with her intelligence and maturity.
TAKS to task by Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, San Antonio Express News
- When Kimberly first decided to take a stand
against standardized testing by boycotting the Texas Assessment of Knowledge
and Skills, critics from all sides begged her to change her mind. Kim
said her parents stood behind her decision to boycott the test, even if it
jeopardized her college chances. ... She said she hopes she's proven a
- The Tea and Terrorist Society - Parent Advocacy
at the District Level by Monique Lloyd
- Many parents feel powerless when dealing with their public schools; this
is especially true of parents with highly gifted children
- Theory of Relativity - Not! by Cynthia
- A parent's greatest success ... as the child gets ahead of the parent!