February 2010


Hello, Educators Guild Members!

Now that Spring semester is underway, you are probably thinking of ways to continuously improve student achievement. One cost effective option you may want to consider is ability grouping, also referred to as clustering.  According to Best practices of schools that nurture excellence, “ability grouping involves providing instruction to select groups of students with similar abilities. This approach sometimes is rejected as contrary to mainstreaming and the idea of "least restrictive environment." This should be clarified, because ability grouping does not restrict any individual based on disability and, in fact, provides a less restrictive environment for high-achievers.”


While there is a lot of opposition to ability grouping, research shows this option is beneficial for gifted students.  For more information regarding the benefits, here are some links:

An Analysis of the Research on Ability Grouping: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What We Know

Ability Grouping: Answers to Common Questions

Continuing the discussion on ability grouping



A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.

~ Anonymous





Gifted students make everyone else in the class smarter by providing a role model or a challenge  


In reality, average or below-average students do not look to the gifted students in the class as role models. They are more likely to model their behavior on those who have similar capabilities and are coping well in school. Seeing a student at a similar performance level succeed motivates students because it adds to their own sense of ability. Watching or relying on someone who is expected to succeed does little to increase a struggling student’s sense of self-confidence. (National Association for Gifted Children, “Common Gifted Education Myths,”





THINK Summer InstituteDavidson Institute Updates


2010 THINK Summer Institute Applications Available                                                    

Next application deadline February 24, 2010

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Davidson Young Scholar Applications Available

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2010 Davidson Fellows Scholarship Applications Available

Applications due March 3, 2010

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Davidson Academy of Nevada 2010-2011 School Year

Applications Available

Extended application deadline: May 21

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