Middle Grades

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That Was Then, This is Now.... But Where Are We? Revisiting the NAGC/NMSA Joint Position Statement

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 201 A

What have we accomplished in building the bridge between gifted educators and middle school educators in the thirteen years since the NMSA/NAGC Joint Position Statement of 2004? It's been 13 years!!! At that time, a "Call to Action" was issued with a list of "shoulds" for district and school leaders; teachers, gifted education specialists, and support personnel; and parents. In this session we revisit this document, examine some possible reasons for a lack of progress, explore some areas of success, consider some possibilities for further research, and re-dedicate ourselves to getting rid of the view that middle schools are "the black hole" of gifted education. Participant input will be facilitated.

Susan Rakow

Associate Professor, Emerita; Mental Health Counselor
Cleveland State University; Humanistic Counseling Center

Susan Rakow has been involved in gifted education for over thirty years as a parent, teacher, coordinator, consultant, author, and university professor. Susan is the author of Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide (Prufrock Press) as well as Teaching to the Top (AMLE). She has served NAGC as a proposal reviewer, newsletter editor, and network chair for the Middle Grades Network as well as a reviewer for Teaching for High Potential. In addition to university teaching and consulting with area school districts on how to increase services for gifted students, she is currently a professional counselor working with Dr. Sylvia Rimm at the Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland. For the past two years, Susan has integrated her counseling and gifted education backgrounds by serving as a counselor at Menlo Park Academy, a K-8 school for gifted students. Susan has been the group leader for a Zen meditation group in Cleveland for several decades and has published articles in Zen Bow on integrating Zen meditation practice with daily life in the 21st century. She also enjoys her life as a wife, mother of grown children, and active grandmother of four.

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