Philosophy of Gifted Education:
Giftedness occurs in many different disciplines, in many different cultures, and in all socioeconomic levels. Identification should be based on multiple measures of success, including achievement and aptitude tests, teacher referrals and observations, parent referrals, and portfolio submissions. Students identified as gifted, no matter what area of giftedness, deserve to be challenged and helped to reach their full potential. Gifted students should be offered the chance to expand their knowledge base and develop their special talents. Differentiation for gifted learners should occur in the classroom, including offering different content, process, and products for these learners. Gifted students’ social and emotional needs should also be addressed as they may develop in different ways than their peers.