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Highly Capable

Guidance and Resources

Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement
Specialty endorsements prepare a teacher candidate to work with a specific student population, demographic and/or subject matter area, and are created to help candidate teachers specialize beyond the required certificate endorsements. Specialty endorsements have unique endorsement competencies not found in any of the existing endorsements. Here are the competencies (PDF)

Teachers working in a highly capable program are not required to hold this specialty endorsement.

Standards for Gifted Education

Report — Under-represented Students in Gifted Programs
Best Practices for Student Selection, Service Delivery Models and Support (PDF, 30 pages)

Evaluate Your Highly Capable Program
Pete Bylsma, Director, Assessment & Program Evaluation in the Mukilteo School District, contributed this presentation to a meeting of the Washington Educational Research Association’s (WERA) Highly Capable Special Interest Group.

Organizations and Programs that Support the Education of Highly Capable Children



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