My colleagues have been doing some fine work in this area that is worth checking out:
Elizabeth Rich has a print and video interview with Anthony Mullen, the 2009 Teacher of the Year. Mullen is a former police captain-turned-teacher, with a particular focus on children with behavioral and emotional disorders. An excerpt:
I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve been working with troubled young people for almost 30 years and even with the saddest and most depressed kids, if you give them a little time and throw a football around with them, they’ll start talking to you because they are looking for answers. It’s a very big responsibility and we treat it very seriously because we know that whatever conversation we have with them will affect their decisions.
Sean Cavanagh has a story about the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton Va., which caters to academically advanced girls. From the article:
Students who attend programs like PEG are not necessarily academically superior to those at the most elite math and science “academies,” magnet schools, and private schools, said Rena F. Subotnik, the director of the Center for Gifted Education Policy at the American Psychological Association, in Washington. Parents of gifted children typically choose models like PEG from the “broad palette” of options because those particular academic and social settings seem like the best fit, Ms. Subotnik said.
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.