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Gifted and Talented

How Can the ERG Help?

In our program, academic coaching keeps a student challenged and engaged.  Our activities are geared toward both children and adults which allows each coach to maximize the potential for each unique student.  Furthermore, coaching allows them to build those skills which may be lacking such as study skills, organizational skills, and metacognitive skills which lead to academic success.  For those students, they are re-energized and goal-oriented because they are finally able to progress at a level that is both fun and challenging!

What is Gifted and Talented?

"Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment."
- US Department of Education, 1993.

This definition is the broadest and most comprehensive. It is used by many school districts. It speaks of talent, which includes all areas of a child's life academic, artistic, athletic, and social. Most schools limit their definition and their programs to academics, but it is important to realize on performing and accomplishment. It is not enough to just have the talent, but you must be using that talent to achieve at remarkably high levels. However, this definition recognizes that not all very talented students have the potential to achieve at high levels but have not realized that potential. These are the classic underachievers. Finally this definition is a comparative one, these students achieve or have the potential to achieve at levels way above their peers.

You may be asking yourself, “How could a child who is gifted benefit from coaching?”   In today’s world of economic cautiousness and tightening school budgets, it is often the gifted and talented programs that suffer.  Unfortunately, this results in gifted students feeling bored or unmotivated.  In fact, as many as 20% of high school drop outs could be considered gifted and talented!  That is a staggering statistic!

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