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Gifted Education Blog on Patch!

June 15, 2011

If you are not familiar with Patch, it is a great resource for local news and information.  Each community has its own local Patch with local writers featuring local people, businesses, and groups.  There is opportunity for local discussion of local issues and local interests.

The Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch presents many articles on the Rochester Community Schools.  There are great columns on what is happening in our schools and on students who really shine.  We have excellent schools with many wonderful teachers, active parents, and great students.   There is a lot to highlight about them.

Much virtual ink is also dedicated to the budget crisis going on right now.  Unfortunately, the Board of Education seems poised to cut media assistants and para-educators.  These cuts will affect the classroom, including the limited gifted education provided.  This is a sad day for our children and community.

I have asked and been approved to blog on Patch regarding another crisis in our schools – the lack of academically aligned education for gifted students.  It has been a number of years since Rochester Community Schools had any form of named gifted education program.  Differentiation is what has taken its place and many parents of gifted children feel it is very insufficient for meeting their children’s needs.  I am hoping by blogging about gifted education, I can bring this need to the community’s attention and gather parents of gifted children into an effective voice to create changes in our schools.

My first post on “Why is Gifted Education Necessary?” is up on Patch.  I plan on having additional posts on gifted education and how it could be implemented in Rochester Community Schools.

Thanks for reading Rochester SAGE!  Together we can make a difference for gifted students!

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