The updated, comprehensive guide to developing or enhancing gifted programming How do we ensure we are meeting the needs of gifted students? The educational landscape has changed dramatically since Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners was first published in 2006. This updated and revised second edition of the landmark guidebook provides educators and administrators with the comprehensive, practical advice they need to support gifted learners, and includes new perspectives based on recent research and the updated National Association for Gifted Children Programming Standards. Written by leading experts, each chapter focuses on a key feature of high-quality gifted programs, from identification to evaluation and advocacy, and takes into account current trends in education, such as the  • Focus on diversity and the efforts needed to ensure underrepresented populations are screened for gifted education  • Collaboration with special education, families, and community members to ensure all students have access to programming and services  • Use of technology, especially in rural communities  • Development of local policies to support gifted education Whether you are developing a new program or restructuring an existing service, this guidebook will help you meet the needs of today’s gifted students.

Designing a Professional Development Plan

Designing a Professional Development Plan
Marcia B. ImbeauJennifer G. Beasley


An effective professional development plan enables educators to increase their effectiveness in meeting the needs of all students, including those of high-ability learners, in their charge. Mizell (2010) suggested that “effective professional development requires thoughtful planning followed by careful implementation with feedback to ensure it responds to educator’s learning needs” (p. 10). The plan may use a variety of formats and include input from a broad range of stakeholders; however, Guskey (2014) reminded us that “the effectiveness of any professional learning activity, regardless of its content, structure or format, depends mainly on how well it is planned” (p. 10).


At the heart of why it is important to design a clear plan ...

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