The Challenge of Equity for Gifted Children

This past week I finished meeting with four state legislators to talk about the barriers to equitable identification and services for gifted children.  It has been well documented that school districts miss identification of children in minority and poverty...

Dialing Down Anxiety

      A pediatrician first gave me a method for dialing down anxiety: Minimize the situation. He said if I could help my girl make it smaller or simpler, she would be better able to handle it. I wasn’t to dismiss her anxiety. Rather, it was to help her see her...

Dear Phillip

Dear Phillip June 2018 Phillip Meng, a high school rising senior and winner of the prestigious Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation Scholarship, is one of only four in the nation. The scholarship comes with a full ride for four years to the college of his choice. ...

Negotiations: Let’s Make a Deal

Negotiations:  Let’s Make a Deal It wasn’t until I had a class of twenty-four gifted children in front of me to live with – for a whole school year – that I realized that “negotiating” was so much a part of a LOT of gifted children. I’d been a teacher in...

Slingshot: A Long Look Back

Slingshot: A Long Look Back to Propel Foreword Progress By Charlotte A. Akin athreeleggedstool.com The Washington Coalition for Gifted Education has historically worked on advocacy for gifted children in Washington State. The National Association for Gifted Children...

Transportation and Equity Matters

When advocating in my school district for a program for gifted children, I really didn’t give transportation much thought. I was a teacher. Buses brought kids to school and took them home. A few times each year we used buses for field trips. Then I began piloting a...