Young Scholars: Find/Identify

Course Description

This module, the second in a series of four, will assist educators as they move toward the adoption of the Young Scholars Model into their school. Participants examine methods of increasing the identification of students from underrepresented populations including low socioeconomic groups and students from diverse cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. The course assumes a more inclusive definition of giftedness that is grounded in students' potential.


Upon completion of this course, participants will


    • The unique characteristics and indicators of advanced ability in students of varying backgrounds
    • A variety of assessments (formative, summative, portfolio) and how the results from each can provide evidence of exceptional student thinking
    • Methods of cultivating family involvement in a child's learning


    • The heterogeneity of students, and a recognition that students can demonstrate their advanced ability in both verbal and non-verbal ways
    • The difference between ability tests and achievement tests and how to utilize the data from each
    • The role of the teacher in providing opportunities for students to participate in advanced academic opportunities
    • How to identify gifted potential using the Gifted Behaviors Rating Scale and Gifted Behavior Continuum

Be able to:

    • Recognize students with advanced academic potential from diverse cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds
    • Design instruction and assessment focused on high-level thinking and reasoning
    • Analyze a variety of observational and assessment data for identifying gifted potential



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