Author: Susan Rakow, Ph.D.
Product Code: 9817
ISBN: 9781618219817
Pages: 392
Availability: In stock.

Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide (3rd ed.) helps educators with the challenging task of understanding and meeting the needs of gifted students in middle school. This revised and updated third edition:

  • Provides a rationale and framework that middle schools can use to fill the service gap for gifted and advanced learners.
  • Addresses the needs of learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Shows how to implement effective program models.
  • Identifies best practices for the classroom.
  • Shares research-based curriculum models.

Topics addressed include school organization, instructional strategies in the basic subject areas, cocurricular and summer programs, the missing link of executive function skills, and counseling at-risk gifted learners. Educating Gifted Students in Middle School focuses on creative, practical, and realistic school solutions that create a vital and responsive community for all students.


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by Dr. Colleen Boyle
on 7/28/2020
from Ohio
Foundational for all middle school teachers!
This book is a must have for anyone who teaches, plans programs for, or otherwise supports gifted middle schools learners. Rakow does an excellent job merging the aspects of both giftedness and adolescence as she writes about developing appropriate services for this age group at a macro/systemic level all the way to the individual classroom level. Topics are sequenced in a manner that makes sense, beginning with a foundational “nature and needs” chapter, moving into social-emotional chapters to help establish safe and developmentally appropriate learning spaces, and then moving into the academic side of things. The chapter about diversity is particularly timely. Each chapter is a mix of current and foundational research as a basis for Rakow’s recommendations along with practical actions for the reader to implement. This would make a great book for a teacher training course or group book study as a form of professional development. 
by Lisa Huelskamp, PhD
on 7/24/2020
from OH
A book I have NEEDED!
This book speaks to parents, teachers, administrators, and those in higher education. Comprehensive AND highly approachable, it gives a clear overview of current literature and address all the timely topics. The author’s examples mirror my own experience teaching gifted middle schoolers for 29 years and show she’s ‘been in the trenches.’  Her tone is warm and real - reminiscent of a comfortable conversation with a mentor embedded within research-based best practices. I particularly liked that she included first person accounts in each chapter entitled ‘Real School, Real Solutions’ that gave insight into how practitioners are incorporating these practices. I appreciate that each chapter begins with “Key Questions” providing guidance and a focal point for reflection. Each chapter ends with “Next Step: Take Action.” The suggestions speak to all of us connect to gifted adolescents and are manageable giving the reader a feeling of empowerment. I felt refreshed and re-focused after reading this book.
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Review by: Lewie Dunn, Georgia Military College - August 25, 2020
Each chapter deals with a topic that these educators are more than likely to experience in a school setting, the issues and topics faced by students in everyday life, and the goals and challenges that each gifted student encounters in school and in their community. Rakow also goes beyond that to show educators what trends are coming into schools and how to plan for these coming trends.
Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - August 17, 2020
An exceptionally well written, organized and presented textbook, this new third edition of Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education reference collections in general, and Gifted Education supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular.
Review by: Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern Center for Talent Development - July 22, 2020
Rakow does a great job of describing the typical developmental challenges that young adolescents face such as the search for identity, the need for more autonomy and independence, and increased interest and focus on peer relationships—and how they intersect with characteristics of gifted kids to potentially thwart achievement and talent development. I would recommend this book for all middle school educators. I also think it would be very helpful to parents, particularly if they are concerned about keeping their child on track during this critical developmental period. There are few books on this period of development and schooling and this book definitely fills that gap.
Review by: Sylvia Rimm, Family Achievment Clinic - July 22, 2020
Dr. Susan Rakow’s 3rd Edition of Educating Gifted Students in Middle School is a “must have” guide for educators, counselors and parents of middle school students. The author brings her practical experience teaching and counseling gifted students together with evidence-based research to provide practical strategies that readers will find enlightening, useful and effective.

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