My blogs about Gifted Education

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My passion is Gifted Children – Interview with Mrs. Jackie Drummer

In August 2007 England was host of the 17th Biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children Conference.

I attended that Conference and met a lot of great people there. One of them was Jackie Drummer with her husband. Since we share the same passion, we became friends very quickly. She is a truely passionate gifted educator and always ready to give her support, when it is needed. I appreciate her work and friendship a lot.

Who is Jackie Drummer?

Jackie Drummer is a Past President of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted. She has taught in all levels of education, from early childhood to graduate school, and is currently the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Differentiation Specialist for the School District of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jackie is in high demand as an educational consultant, and has presented in over sixty school districts and educational agencies in the United States on topics related to gifted education, co-teaching, differentiation, and coaching teachers to higher levels of effectiveness. Jackie has been described as a „teacher’s teacher,“ and is a certified literacy, team/organizational, and transformational coach. She is the wife of a gifted artist, and the mother of three grown gifted children, and her passion is helping people of all ages reach their fullest potential. In her spare time, she can be found writing, traveling, and making beautiful music with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Today is her birthday but she agreed to give me her time for this interview. I hope you will enjoy and take her advice to heart.

„Happy Birthday Jackie!“


How to help Gifted Children?- An Interview with Prof. Dr. Karen B. Rogers

Tonight I interviewed a good friend, who I met for the first time at the ECHA conference in Paris, Prof. Dr. Karen B. Rogers. She is a passionate and very lovely lady, who I appreciate very much as  herself and a gifted educator with longtime experiences.

Who is Prof.  Dr. Karen B. Rogers?

Karen Rogers, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted Studies in the Department of Special Education and Gifted Education in the College of Applied Professional Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Systems from the University of Minnesota and also holds Master’s degrees in Special Education of the Gifted and in Psychological Foundations of the Gifted.

Dr. Rogers has been an invited lecturer at several universities in the United States and Australia and is a frequent keynote speaker for state, national, and international conferences on gifted education. She is the author of more than 150 articles, 18 book chapters, and four books. More than 500,000 people worldwide have read her paper on ability grouping, written for the National Research Center on Gifted and Talented. She was co-developer of a one-week television series on the nature of giftedness, called “One Step Ahead,” which is housed in the PBS Network Library in Nebraska. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, Roeper Review, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Gifted Education International, and Gifted Child Quarterly, and she is a regular reviewer for the American Educational Research Journal. She is also Past-President of the Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Rogers has been an elementary classroom teacher and a coordinator of programs for gifted and talented students. She was the curriculum author and creator of the widely heralded OMNIBUS enrichment program for gifted children, a program still being used in 23 states. She is the mother of three gifted children, now grown, and grandmother of five.


– Re-Forming Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers Can Match the Program to the Child

– A Menu of Options for Grouping Gifted Students (Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Children)

 My Interview

These are my questions, which I asked her;

Here are my questions:
– What originally got you involved with gifted children and their needs?
– How do you define giftedness?
– What kinds of assistance do you believe that parents need?
– What does the current research say about the benefit or lack of benefit to gifted children?
– What do you advise to teachers of gifted children?
– In this age of No Child Left Behind, do you think that gifted kids are having their educational needs adequately   addressed?

I created 2 videos for us.

The first part is about understanding gifted kids and the definition of giftedness. Also there is some information for parents of gifted children.

SENG- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted 

Hoagies‘ Gifted Education Page

I would like to invite you to join Prof. Gagné ´s  lecture at the global virtual meeting on May 26th 2012.

Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent:

Interview with Prof. Dr. Karen B. Rogers – part1

The second part is about some good advise for teachers,  research and good tips.

Interview with Prof. Dr. Karen Rogers – Part 2

I am very grateful for her time to make this interview for all interested parents, educators and teachers.

Fact is that we can make a change to support gifted kids, because they need us.

To understand gifted children, we have to ask experts with experience, wherever they are. Technology makes a lot of things easier for us to contact, ask, share and create a better environment for those kids today.


Gifted Education Awareness Week in Namibia

Today is the last day of the Gifted Education Awareness in Namibia and I would like to thank everybody, who supported our movement in different ways.

So many Gifted Educators from different countries wrote articles and blogs to raise the awareness, which  is a part of our project, Talent Development for Kids in Namibia-2012.

From Africa, Silvia van Biljon started with her very interesting article about her homeland, Namibia, with the titel „Discovering Talents and Giftedness in Namibia“. She is also mother of a very talented gifted boy and one of the project coordinators as well. Together with Silvia, I am going to start a new chapter of education in Nambia to support our talented kids there.

From USA, Lisa Conrad, a great gifted educator, parent of gifted kids and a true supportive friend, wrote a blog on March 12th and I would like to quote what she wrote here: Gifted children exist in all regions and countries of the world. In virtually every setting, raising awareness of their existence is the first step in providing for their education and well-being. The next step is to ensure that teachers are provided with knowledge of how to meet the needs of these extraordinary children and then to implement appropriate educational programs. “ 

This is a fact that gifted children are everywhere and the need of special education to understand them is important to develop their potential and talents in an optimal way.

On March 15th, even from USA wrote Josh Shaine: „There is something wry indeed in writing about Namibia’s Gifted Education Awareness Week while living in a place so deeply in denial of the needs of its own gifted.“  He followed: „The ideal behind gifted education is that every human being deserves an appropriate education to that individual’s abilities and needs.“ That is so true!

From Europe, Margaret Sutherland, Director of Scottish Network for Able Pupils, wrote in her article Namibia on March 13th, about the importance of differenciation: „Often we concentrate on those who have difficulty and thus there is an inconsistency between how we treat groups of people perceived to be different. It clearly depends on how you are different. There is, therefore, a tension which requires to be reconciled if such differences in treatment is to be justified. Equally the move towards inclusion, given the experiences of those segregated from mainstream education, militates, some might argue, against separate provision of any kind. One might question whether this is a budgetary response or an educational one.  These issues are ones that all countries are grappling with and Namibia will be no different. „

Peter Lydon as a leader of the Gifted Education awareness week in Ireland followed on March 13th with this: „I do not believe that gifted children are the ‘saviours of the universe’. I think the majority of children can acquire skills and other qualities that can enable them to contribute to our futures. However, it is clear that no country should allow the talent of any of their children to be wasted. By addressing the needs of its gifted children, Namibia can develop its pool of collective national genius to aid its development. Gifted Education Awareness Week in Namibia 2012 can be a powerful step in this direction.“ well said!

Leslie Graves as a member of the Excecutive Committee of WCGTC, a good soul and always ready to help Gifted Children everywhere wrote in her blog: „There is great poverty,   great wealth and an education system that  appears to be lacking in many resources, however it is also a brave country, with brave gifted advocates of its own, who are struggling to support both their academically gifted students and to maintain their traditionally artistic and talented communities.“ and I so appreciate her and her work.

Hilde Buys, originally from Namibia, living in Denmark describes in her blog the good old memory of her childhood and wrote: „Creating awareness about Gifted Children including their diversities is a really huge Global challenge.“ Which is so true and we love challenges.

From Australia, Jo Freitag, a very talented and creative gifted educator had the idea to write a blog with this titel: Namibia, Cheetahs and Gifted Students. At the first moment I was not sure what connects these words but she answered in her blog all my questions.

“This week it’s the start of a new “adventure”, with regards to discovering talents in Namibia” says Silvia van Biljon

This week is a start on a long long way which is stony but we already showed the world that with our unity we can do more for Gifted children all around the world and this time in Africa, Namibia.

We are going to start a great project, an adventure, a challenge,…and it feels so good to know that we are not alone, we have friends from all continents.

From Asia I am writing this blog and I am so grateful for all my friends, because I can count on them to create a better future for Gifted and Talented children, here, there or everywhere!

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. -Helen Keller

My special thanks to Ray Seefeldt, a young talented musician from Namibia, who allowed me to make this video with his song, Rediscovered.