The gifted and talented narrative in schools has long been centred around the idea of identifying and elevating a select few students deemed to possess exceptional abilities. However, this approach is flawed and can have negative consequences for both the identified students and their peers.
In this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, Leisa Grace Speaks with Morgan Whitfield about why we need to change the Gifted and Talented narrative in schools and what we should be doing instead. They explore why it is necessary to shift this narrative towards a more inclusive and equitable approach to education.
Bio: Morgan Whitfield’s book The Enrichment Shift is coming out in the fall of 2023 from John Catt Education. She tackles enrichment, equity, and challenge-for-all by reinventing traditional conceptions of gifted and talented programs. She is a dynamic senior leader who is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning at Amity International School Abu Dhabi. She has worked most of her career in British curriculum schools and has taken on such roles as Head of Sixth Form, Head of Humanities and Head of Scholars. Morgan hails from Canada and holds an NQPSL and degrees from Queen’s University and the University of Guelph, where she was a President’s Scholar.
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