A fundamental mission of the International Gifted Education Teacher-Development Network (Iget-Network) is to bring gifted education best practices, particularly those relevant to the identification and nurturance of culturally diverse learners, to developing countries where gifted education is not included within education policies. We believe that to achieve this end it is necessary to:
1. Create a cyclical means by which experienced teachers empower less experienced teachers through a process of: a) acquired training and shared expertise; b) support systems that cross international borders; and c) opportunities that equip them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to recognize and nurture outstanding potential of children who by circumstance have gone unrecognized. The fundamental medium teachers use to recognize student exceptionalities is through a rigorous but relevant science curriculum that also include family involvement activities that enhance student skill development in the home setting (ProjectU-Stars’ Plus);
2. Offer children the continuity of hands-on science and literacy development enrichment activities to nurture their interests and higher level abilities that may be applied to more fully develop their intellectual, creative, and artistic strengths. This development would enable students to consider leadership and higher education opportunities beyond the environs from which they come (local township schools).
3. Offer student- teacher and teacher exchanges with international gifted education specialists (Wits School of Education, Beaulieu Preparatory School)
4. Follow the child protégé progress from primary school to college selection. Learners will enter select feeder schools, participate in after school and Saturday enrichment opportunities and college selection counseling.(CTD, Northwestern University).
|Keywords:||Gifted Education, Culturally Diverse Gifted Learners, Black Gifted, Teacher Development, Best Practices in Gifted Education, South Africa Gifted Education, Developing Country|
Visiting Scholar, Educational Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Head of Division, Division of Social Context, Wits School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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