1st Edition

A Teacher's Guide to Curriculum Design for Gifted and Advanced Learners Advanced Content Models for Differentiating Curriculum

By Tamra Stambaugh, Emily Mofield Copyright 2022
    160 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    160 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    160 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    A Teacher’s Guide to Curriculum Design for Gifted and Advanced Learners provides educators with models and strategies they can easily use to create appropriately complex differentiated lessons, questions, tasks, and projects. This must-have resource for both gifted and regular education teachers:

    • Includes specific thinking models for teaching English language arts, social studies, and STEM.
    • Is ideal for teachers who are looking for ways to differentiate and design lessons for their highest achieving students.
    • Provides multiple examples of how to embed complexity within standards-based lessons.
    • Highlights units and models from Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth curriculum.
    • Helps teachers provide the necessary challenge for advanced learners to thrive.

    The models have been vetted by content experts in the relevant disciplines and were designed to guide students to develop expertise within a discipline. Definitions of widely used terms, such as depth, complexity, and abstractness, are explained and linked to models within specific content areas to support common understanding and application of schoolwide differentiation strategies.

    1. Talent Development and the Development of Expertise and Creative Production 2. Definitions and Models for Differentiation: An Introduction 3. Models for Differentiating Instruction in English Language Arts – Literature 4. Models for Differentiating Instruction Using English Language Arts - Informational Texts 5. Models for Differentiating Instruction in Social Studies 6. Models for Differentiating Instruction in the STEM Fields 7. Models for Incorporating Visual Analysis of Art 8. Creating Interdisciplinary and Intradisciplinary Connections 9. Making Differentiation Work: Additional Considerations


    Tamra Stambaugh is Associate Professor and Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Whitworth University. She has over 25 years’ experience in gifted education.

    Emily Mofield is Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Lipscomb University, USA. She has over 20 years’ experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services.

    "As a gifted educator and differentiation coach, this book has now earned a permanent place in my professional library. It is filled with dog-eared pages that I am eager to share with the teachers with whom I collaborate. Stambaugh and Mofield’s newest text is overflowing with applicable models to differentiate the content, process, and product of instructional material for advanced learners. These methods include how best to accelerate, embed depth and complexity, introduce abstract ideas, and adjust products to meet specific criteria. Each of the subject areas, including ELA, STEM, and social studies, are highlighted to support both self-contained and departmentalized teachers alike. As an instructional coach, my passion was immediately reignited as I began to imagine all the ways in which I can collaborate with teachers in a variety of grade levels and content areas to meet the needs of their diverse learning populations as a result of the strategies included in Stambaugh and Mofield’s text."

    -Stephanie Higgs, Gifted Educator and Differentiation Coach, USA

    "I am a general educator tasked with differentiating curriculum for advanced learners in my ELA classes. This text by Stambaugh and Mofield is officially a staple in my planning process. Organized by subject domains, it's filled with models and strategies that can be flexibly used in any classroom, and at any level, to bump up grade-level content for learners. It includes powerful examples of each model, explanations of each model, and project choices for each subject domain. It is relevant, simple, and clear, making it the perfect planning partner for the general educator aiming to differentiate for advanced learners. Already, I've chalked my class full of models from this text, adapting them to fit my existing curriculum and standards."

    -Amber Whiting, General Educator, USA

    "Finally, a curriculum resource that the world of gifted education has been waiting for! Stambaugh and Mofield's text strives to give teachers and gifted specialists models and frameworks that can aid in planning, implementing rigorous curriculum, and creating differentiated tasks. It addresses the need to add complexity, depth and abstractness to promote the development of expertise in the disciplines of language arts, social studies, STEM and visual arts. This resource includes practical, ready-made units for any teacher to get started with, followed by models, charts and frameworks that can be further applied to various units of study and student texts. It is the perfect guide to assist teachers with talent development and habits of thinking. This curriculum guide has the potential to impact and shape the future of teaching and learning in gifted education."

    -Julie Gosdanian, Gifted Intervention Specialist & Instructional Coach