A keynote by Susan Winebrennner
Historically, our country has provided gifted education services in several ways. Separate full time classes served only a small percentage of gifted students. Pull-out programs were part time – with very little connection to what the students were experiencing in their regular classrooms. Cluster grouping solves those problems and represents a paradigm shift in making gifted education an integral part of the regular school programs. The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model is a cost-effective and highly successful method to deliver full time educational programs for gifted students without significant additional cost to the district. Included are strategies for compacting and differentiating both content that is unfamiliar to students, as well as content they have previously mastered.