Although the best way to provide professional development for educators is through field experiences and hands-on practice, it is not always easy or even possible to organize such encounters, especially in the field of gifted education. In order to better prepare educators to work with gifted and talented students, Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach presents problem-based learning scenarios that explore authentic situations found in K–12 classrooms. The scenarios can be read and discussed in a short amount of time, allow the reader to gain greater understanding through empathy, require an analysis of multiple perspectives, and support the standards of excellence set forth in the 2010 NAGC Pre-K–Grade 12 Gifted Education Programming Standards. Using the cases in the book, educators will gain the insight needed to improve the identification of and services for gifted and talented students in light of these standards.
Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D, is an independent consultant auditing gifted, advanced, and IB programs.
Christine L. Weber, Ph.D., is a professor of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville.
Wendy Behrens, M.A. Ed. serves as the Gifted and Talented Education Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education, providing leadership and consultation services for educators, administrators, and parents.