The Belin-Blank Center co-hosted a summit on academic acceleration, Creating Learning Opportunities for Advanced Students: The Critical Need for Acceleration Policies, with the National Association for Gifted Children, in Washington, DC, on March 18-19, 2012. We purposefully brought together experts and perspectives from gifted education leaders, education researchers, influential policy makers, and administrators to discuss how to shape the local, state, and national agendas to serve gifted and high-ability students.
Through research presentations, advocacy talks, a panel presentation, and breakout sessions, attendees:
- Identified barriers to adopting acceleration policies and practices for high-ability students at the state, area education agency, district, and school levels;
- Generated strategies for supporting acceleration policy at the state, area, district, and school levels; and,
- Explored opportunities for establishing collaborations and partnerships between stakeholders in gifted and regular education so that the needs of high-ability students are integrated into curriculum and policy decisions.
The summit was an exciting and energetic exchange of ideas. It lasted only a few hours, but the ramifications of acceleration and setting policies that are based on research and best practices can build to an exciting future in our schools.