Talented math students, particularly those from underserved populations, deserve classroom experiences that ensure continuous progress and promote excellence in math achievement. Using the pedagogy of advanced instructional practices in general education classrooms, our collaborative push-in model is designed to effectively meet the needs of mathematically advanced elementary students in the general education classroom and help them reach their full potential.
The goal of the work is fourfold:
- to increase the identification of gifted students from underrepresented/underserved groups;
- to increase the math achievement of gifted students from underrepresented/underserved groups;
- to develop talents of high-achieving students not identified as gifted; and
- to improve student motivation and attitudes toward school and math.
Our team brings a track record of leadership in gifted education, research experience on multiple research projects, and expertise in identifying giftedness in underserved populations, professional development, program evaluation, research methodologies, and content area instruction.