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Rural gifted children are being neglected:

An interview with Paula McGuire

Rural schools, which educate one out of every five children in America, have long been an afterthought in education policy, and gifted education is no different. Popular initiatives like separate classrooms or schools for advanced learners, expanded Advanced Placement offerings, or the use of local (school-level) norms when identifying children for these services don’t work as well—or at all—in less populated districts. The issue is further confounded when all rural schools are lumped into one category despite vast differences in size and how remote they are. This means that these students are less likely to get the education they deserve, which has social and economic consequences that reverberate through their communities, their states, and ultimately the country.

To learn more about this problem, its costs, and ways we can help fix it, I spoke with Paula McGuire, who works as a Gifted Education Regional Consultant in Northeast Colorado, serving multiple districts in the area, all of them rural. Paula is also an adjunct professor for the University of Northern Colorado in the Master of Arts program for gifted education. She grew up as an advanced learner in rural schools, experiencing first-hand the challenges these children and their families face, as well as some effective solutions.

Click here to read the full interview on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s website

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