WHERE ARE YOUR
Barb Hahn, GPAEA
Sandy Morrison, GPAEA
Laurie Noll, Burlington Alternative High School
spend $8 billion
on the mentally
retarded and just
10% of that on
Between 2-5 percent of all
students are both gifted
and talented and learning
(Dix & Schafer, 1996)
Of the 62 million
school-age kids in the
U.S., 62, 000 have IQs
of 145 or higher
High-IQ kids who skip
at least three grades
are the happiest and
40% of the top 5% of
graduates fail to finish
Underachievement is made up of a
complex web of behaviors, but it
can be reversed by parents and
educators who consider the many
strengths and talents possessed by
the students who may wear this
(Delisle & Berger, 1990)
Questions to Ask
• How many talented and gifted
students do you have identified?
• Who are your TAG students?
• How can you identify them?
• What is the attendance rate of your
• How is their behavior in school?
• Are they making the grades?
It's all about standing out...
STUDENT TALENTED AT
STUDENT RISK STUDENT
Areas of Giftedness
• General Intellectual
• Specific Academic
• Visual and Performing
Multiple criteria for identification must be
used including potential, achievement,
leadership, creativity, product,
evaluations, and nomination. A pupil may
be identified in more than one category.
• Attention Deficit
• Health Problems
• Learning Disabled
• Gifted does not protect you from a disability
or life experiences.
Minimize the barriers; Maximize the child ~ Colangelo
•Unstable home life
•Health & Learning Disabilities
•Mental Health Issues
•Cultural attitude about
•Interpersonal attitudes about
Gradual Release of Responsibility
Focus Lesson “I do it”
Guided Instruction “We do it”
Collaborative “You do it together”
Independent “You do it alone”
What is your passion?
What do you want to learn?
Listen and Brainstorm for best results
Every young person needs and
1. A one-on-one relationship with a
2. A safe place to learn and grow
3. A healthy start and a healthy
4. A marketable skill to use upon
5. A chance to give back to peers and
Focus on what we can do!
When we focus we do make a difference!
You have these gifted students
They do not need to be perfect in all areas
They may be impacted by at-risk factors
TAG students need to be recognized so we do
not lose our treasures.
Find underserved gifted students by
using a broad definition of giftedness
and a multiple criteria approach with
unique and appropriate identification