Advanced learners left behind


By Karen Littell

  First of two parts

There is a population of children whose needs are not uniformly being met in Sonoma County. This population is difficult to name or describe, as it includes children who harken from all cultures, every socioeconomic status, all neighborhoods and many types of schools. The state, the nation and the world often refer to them as “gifted,” and this label has invited considerable misunderstanding and debate. But regardless of what we call them or how we feel about them, there are children out there whose educational needs are not being met, and they need our help. Their needs are significant, well-defined and important.

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