As we return to school this fall, our thoughts turn to gifted students and their educators. Many teachers of the gifted report that although they are collaborative members of a faculty or faculties, they often function as a department of one - in their schools, districts, and cities. They wish that they had more opportunities to network with other educators in gifted education. They wish that other educators, administrators, parents, and students understood their unique (and sometimes lonely) position and the unique needs of the students and families that they serve. They especially wish that others understood that gifted students will not necessarily be fine on their own, and that they, too, need opportunities to develop their gifts and talents. Gifted students need materials, resources, and accommodations because they have special needs.
To highlight these needs, Del Siegle, the president of
The National Association for Gifted Children
in 2007, crafted the Gifted Children's Bill of Rights, in which he highlighted the needs of gifted students as “rights”. Siegle proposed that gifted children have these rights:
You have a right to...
A Bill of Rights for Teachers of Gifted Students,
and it appears on the NAGC website. Danielian shared these rights:
Teachers of Gifted Students Have a Right to…
With this learning, you will become a more inspired, courageous, passionate, and compassionate teacher of gifted students. Your rights and the rights of your students will be honored. And best of all, you will not be alone! You will join a network of people working toward the same awesome goals. This opportunity is not to be missed. Please join us!
(WATG would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Martha Aracely Lopez of Milwaukee Public Schools for translating this article into Spanish for our Spanish-speaking families and educators. The translation can be found in our website blogs.)
Gifted in Perspective
A column designed to link the gifted perspective to other perspectives, and to make you think.