, Muskogee, OK

Local News

October 19, 2008

Top pupils need more

Stakeholders say gifted, talented program needs support


State law requires gifted and talented instruction to be conducted primarily through “differentiated instruction in the classroom,” Carey said.

Crotty said her children receive such instruction at Sadler. She said her 6-year-old son is taking fourth-grade math, and her daughter wrote lists of more challenging spelling words when she was in second grade.

At most Muskogee elementary schools, including Creek and Sadler, students meet after school.

Crotty said the after-school programs allow students to be with kids “who think the same way they do.”

“The activities are engaging and extend well beyond anything they would do in the regular classroom,” she said, adding that Wagner spends several hours planning for each hour she teaches the gifted and talented students.

After-school programs are not enough, said Wagner, who also teaches fifth grade at Sadler. “These children are gifted all day and every day. Why give them just two hours?”

Crotty said she would love to find a way for parents “to come together and be a voice for gifted kids.”

She said parents don’t realize they can demand more from the district’s gifted and talented program.

“Parents must advocate for their gifted child and work with the school to give their child an appropriate education,” she said. “These kids have a right to work at the pace that suits their abilities.”

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