Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula & Clarenbach, J. (2012). Unlocking Emergent Talent: Supporting High Achievement of Low-Income, High Ability Students. National Association for Gifted Children.
This report takes a comprehensive look at achievement for low-income promising learners--past, present, and future. At its core, it challenges the nation to move beyond its near-singular focus of achieving minimum performance for all students, to identifying and developing the talent of all students who are capable of high achievement, including the promising low-income and culturally and linguistically diverse students who too often literally languish in schools. The foundation for this report was built at the National Summit on Low-Income, High-Ability Learners, convened by the National Association for Gifted Children in 2012. The Summit gathered experts to share the latest research on the education and development of low-income, high-ability students, identify barriers to achievement in school and success in adulthood, share information about successful school-based and supplemental programs, and recommend areas in need of further research. The report sets the stage for major strides in both understanding and action, by spotlighting strong evidence-based program models that produce performance results for low-income, high-ability learners, recommending educational best practices, and identifying both research and public policy gaps that, if filled, could achieve significant results for the future. It identifies numerous factors that impede participation in advanced programs by low-income, high-ability students. Drawing on lessons from successful school-based and supplemental program and service models featured at the Summit, this report highlights their common factors such as expanded learning time, augmented student support networks, and enriched curriculum, and makes best practice recommendations in identification practices, programs and services, and supportive school cultures. The case made within the pages of this report gives researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers reasons to be optimistic about the future they can--and must--create for low-income, high-ability learners, as well as a roadmap for success. Appended are: (1) Successful Programs; and (2) Summit Participants.