A well-rounded curriculum needs to address the more formalized development of leadership abilities that will ensure that young people acquire the knowledge and skills essential to assuming leadership roles. Changing Tomorrow 1: Leadership Curriculum for High-Ability Students offers instructional activities for high-ability elementary school students based on the Common Core State Standards that emphasize critical and creative thinking skills and gives gifted students an opportunity to apply these skills in an integrative and substantive way. This book includes 10 lessons that address leadership skill development and assignments that require students to research and compile biographical information on six influential men and women drawn from multiple disciplines and diverse backgrounds. Instructional questions, pre- and postassessments, and appropriate rubrics are also included.
In addition to detailed lesson plans, VanTassel-Baska and Avery have incorporated pre- and post-assessments to measure both student learning gains and instruction effectiveness. The rubrics created for these assessments are easy to follow and implement. The lessons included encourage students to reflect on famous leaders' contributions as they develop their own leadership skills.,Gifted Child Today, 3/26/14
These curriculum guides provide an excellent resource for teachers of the gifted as well as classroom teachers seeking to challenge their high-ability learners. The lessons and activities are easily adaptable to meet the needs of teachers at levels other than those specified. They are well organized with lesson plans that are easy to follow.,Elizabeth Kregel,Roeper Review, 6/24/14