• Gifted children:
    • Gifted children have an intense desire to explore and question their universe.
    • Gifted students are different as learners, often demonstrate unique learning styles and have academic, emotional and social needs that must be recognized and nurtured in school.
    • Gifted children must be seen as average with gifts, not as superior with faults.
  • Importance of Gifted Education:
    • The goal of the gifted education program is to provide a differentiated curriculum for academically gifted students in the areas of thinking, performance, and research skills as well as affective awareness necessary to meet their needs.
    • Gifted education provides interventions to accommodate the child's passion for learning and their need for creative expression.
    • Gifted and talented students need a rigorous and relevant curriculum delivered in a creative, flexible and supportive instructional environment.
  • Diversity:
    • Gifted children are diverse compared to their chronological peers due to their elevated intellectual and creative abilities and therefore, need support and validation from those who nurture their giftedness.
    • Giftedness knows no boundaries of socio-economic class, gender, or race.
  • Environment:
    • Gifted children need to associate with their intellectual peers to stimulate learning and contribute to affective development.
    • Appropriate learning environments and strategies foster success providing challenging and rigorous activities that enhance self-esteem; positive self-esteem enhances lifelong learning and future success.
  • Parents:
    Gifted education supports and values the important role of the family in their child reaching his/her full potential.
  • Partnerships:
    The partnership of home, school, and community is crucial to the success of gifted children.