Students of high ability, whether identified as gifted or not, require differentiated learning experiences in order to develop potentials they may have. The State of Illinois offers a professional development tool for classroom teachers called the Gifted Education Seminar (GES). The seminar supports the development of teacher capacity to provide appropriate challenge and learning opportunities for high ability learners. The DuPage ROE is a provider of the GES.
Current themes in gifted education are equity and excellence; these pertain to children of poverty, providing services to subgroups (minorities, English Language Learners, and twice exceptional learners, among others). Additionally, the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), 2015, encourages teacher training in gifted education and promotes attending to undeserved learners in all subgroups. Title II funds may be used to provide training in gifted education strategies to classroom teachers and administrators.
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