Recognizing, Supporting, and Nurturing Underserved Gifted Students: A Moral Imperative

This is a great reminder that sometimes the barriers to helping kids is our own mindset and sometimes the systems within which we work. To be pro-student means to challenge our own thoughts and the system to open the doors to serve everyone!

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By Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., author ofSelf-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn
Part of our Cash in on Learning series by Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. Click to read other Cash in on Learning posts.

Recognizing, Supporting, and Nurturing Underserved Gifted Students: A Moral ImperativeOne of the most critical issues in the field of gifted education is the underrepresentation of students of color and of students living in poverty. We must do better at recognizing, supporting, and nurturing students from all walks of life in gifted and talented programs and services. In their upcoming book, Drs. Dina Brulles and Scott Peters have succinctly and aptly stated that gifted programs should exist to “alleviate unmet academic needs so that every student is appropriately challenged” (emphasis mine).

The list of underserved students includes not only students of color and those who live in poverty, but also recent immigrants, students who are twice exceptional (having a disability as…

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