Gifted students spend most of their time in the regular classroom, yet few general education teachers have the specialized training to address their unique needs. This book provides the structures, processes, and resources needed to facilitate GT (Gifted/Talented) coaching as a means of building capacity among classroom teachers to identify, serve, and teach gifted and high-potential learners.

Guided by best practices and research in professional learning, this resource provides the steps, strategies, and tools needed to create and sustain effective coaching practices designed to maximize access to advanced learning and differentiation throughout a school. Bolstered by downloadable resources, chapters address how to support, stretch, and sustain teachers’ instructional practices through a sequence of co-thinking, co-planning, and reflection that emphasizes ongoing and sustainable professional learning.

Outlining a step-by-step guide for the coaching process, this valuable resource equips gifted and talented coaches with tools to support teachers to meet the needs and reveal talent among gifted and high-potential students through differentiation in the regular education classroom.

Introduction  1. Coaching as a Catalyst for Change  2. What is a GT Coach?  3. Coaching Conversations  4. The Coaching Circuit: Set a Purpose  5. The Coaching Circuit: Plan and Act  6. The Coaching Circuit: Reflect  7. Building Collective Capacity for Change  Appendix A: GT Coaching Circuit and Coaching Notes  Appendix B: Coaching Scenario  Appendix C: GT Toolkit of Strategies and Thinking Models  Appendix D: Differentiation Features to "Create the Challenge"  About the Authors