Bright Now Podcast Show Notes 

EPISODE 16 - TYPES OF ACCELERATION
Episode Date: 15 October 2019; (Season 3, Episode 3)

Description: Is your child frustrated in class? Are they ready for the next level? Dr. Susan Assouline, the Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at the University of Iowa and CTY's Jonathan Plucker discuss some of the options available to parents and educators, the challenges their child may face, and the potential impact that acceleration may have on a gifted student’s social and emotional development.

Resources Mentioned During the Episode: During the discussion we referred to two reports, the 2004 report A Nation Deceived and the 2015 follow-up, A Nation Empowered.

Resources for Additional Information: Sharing a resource does not imply an endorsement. While we make every effort to only provide information for and links to reputable sources, we advise comparing recommendations across a variety of additional sources.

In addition to the resources listed above, check out Developing Academic Acceleration Policies, a collaboration of the National Association for Gifted Children, the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa (which Dr. Assouline directs), the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, and The Association for the Gifted.

And, of course, CTY and other talent search centers offer a variety of accelerated education services!

Questions to Ponder

  • Of the many acceleration strategies, what forms may be good options for my child/student?

  • Who within our school community has experience with the types ofacceleration that we’re considering?

  • Do we know other families within our school or district who have experienced acceleration, and can we reach out to them to learn from their experiences?

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Acknowledgements

The Bright Now is produced by Jonathan Plucker, Tracey Gaughran, and Tricia Schellenbach. Audio production by the team at Clean Cuts, a Three Seas company. Special thanks to CTY’s interim executive director, Dr. Amy Shelton. Bright Now is underwritten by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.  

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