We look at two of those groups in our feature articles. We begin with Saundra Sparling’s piece, “Black English and Academic Excellence: Emerging Practices for Student Success.” She first discusses why it is that Black students insist on using Black English even when they recognize that it hinders their academic success. She then shares recent research showing successful use of Black English as a bridge to mastery of Standard English.
Elizabeth Meckstroth and Kathi Kearney employ a provocative title to bring our attention to another language arts concern in their article, “Indecent Exposure: Does the Media Exploit Highly Gifted Learners?” In it they identify the vulnerability of highly gifted children and provide guidelines for
This issue also includes a number of reference-type inserts that we hope will be useful to busy teachers and parents. Thanks to Hall Davidson who graciously permitted us to print his “Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers.” Thanks also to the National Association for Gifted Children for the Compass Points article, “Encouraging Students to Publish,” and also Elaine Wiener for preparing a quick reference sidebar on poetics terminology. To encourage students to publish their work as a way to assure an “authentic audience,” the Hands-On Curriculum column is devoted to this topic as well, including specific guidelines for carrying out the entire process of writing and publishing in the classroom.
In the Book Reviews section, please note the “Review and Tribute” to Annemarie Roeper on the publication of, The “I” of the Beholder,” by Jim Delisle. We hope the school year has started off well for all our readers. The Winter issue will focus on serving young gifted learners, Pre-K–2; it should reach you just after the winter holidays.