Supporting Gifted Education
A Message from our President
We can finally see the end of the pandemic on the horizon. This fall most of us expect that K12 education will return to full-time, in-person instruction for all our students. The end of the pandemic does not mean, however, that it will not continue to impact the way schools educate students. We have learned much about the ways technology can be used to enhance how our students learn. We can expect these new tools to have a positive effect on education, particularly in rural areas.
Unfortunately, many opponents of gifted education have used the shadow of the pandemic and the laudable goal of equity as an excuse to dismantle gifted services. On the national level, California and Virginia have developed mathematics frameworks to prevent students from studying critical concepts like calculus before the end of high school.
In North Dakota, the threats to GT services appear on the local level. In April, the Grand Forks public school district canceled its Schoolwide Enrichment Program. The Program, along with the highly successful Artists in the Classroom program, fell victim to the need to balance the district budget. The decision to remove the positions of three GT specialists shows a common perception of GT as a luxury. For the students served, however, GT programming is fundamental for maintaining engagement and reaching their potential. GT programing in the public schools is strongly needed for equity. Children who come from wealthy families will always be able to obtain enrichment outside of the school system. GT programming in the public schools provides students without means the ability to compete.
The mission of NDAGC is to make sure everyone knows that Gifted Education is essential education. All students need to learn at a pace and level of complexity that is challenging to stay engaged in their learning. For our brightest learners, without gifted services they do not receive the depth, complexity, and acceleration they need in the classroom.
Please help NDAGC advocate for North Dakota’s future leaders. Give a GIFT to NDAGC. Your help has already allowed NDAGC to -
Yee Han Chu, PhD MSSW
Gifted students are thinkers, creators, and producers, and will one day become leaders and contributors to our communities. NDAGC knows businesses and organizations are important stakeholders in this shared mission, too.
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