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The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model: How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement for All Paperback – April 15, 2008
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"With this one book alone, you could revamp a whole school system, one school at a time. With this concept of cluster grouping, a school district could save all the costs of a self-contained or pull-out gifted program. And if you take this flat out declaration seriously, The Cluster Grouping Handbook will do all the thinking, all the planning, all the charting, and all the predicting you will ever need...to the ultimate meticulous detail. This is not an exaggeration. Every finite element for planning has been accomplished...buy the book! It has wonderful ideas." —Gifted Education Communicator
“The spark for academic achievement and motivation to learn ignited by the gifted students is becoming contagious within the cluster grouping classrooms. Using SCGM throughout the entire Tulpehocken elementary learning community is increasing success for all students.” —Lisa Kiss, director of Special Education, Tulpehacken, Pennsylvania
“This book has been a valuable resource in setting up our GATE Clusters to meet the needs of all students. Cluster grouping has proven to be very successful in building the programs required to challenge and enrich our classrooms.”—Tony Peterson, principal, Russell Ranch School, FCUSD (Folsom Cordova, CA)
“I used The Cluster Grouping Handbook as a gifted-cluster teacher with great success. When I oversaw the implementation of the schoolwide cluster model at my school, it became my ‘go-to guide’ because it provides concrete, immediately usable tools for managing differentiation in the classroom. I continue to use it in my current position as the gifted coordinator for my district; it is truly one of my staples in professional development for cluster teachers.”—Kim Lanese, M.Ed., gifted coordinator at Deer Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Arizona
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The book begins with the "whys" of Cluster Grouping, with a PowerPoint to present the explanation to teachers, school board members and parents provided on the included CD. Winebrenner and Brulles explain how today's Cluster Grouping differs from yesterday's tracking, and what makes it a good option instead of a bad one. Research details are provided for all the statistics and conclusions drawn in the book, backing up all the claims made about Cluster Grouping... it really is a great option for any school and every student!
Next, The Cluster Grouping Handbook details the "hows" of setting up Cluster Grouping in your school, with detailed plans and all the training materials you'll need to bring your faculty up to speed. Winebrenner and Brulles explain how this strategy works for all your students, and how it simplifies the job of all your teachers. At the same time, they demonstrate how Cluster Grouping improves education for all students, including the gifted student, the high-achieving student, and the low-achieving student in any given subject.
The Cluster Grouping Handbook is a one-stop solution to a variety of the education challenges of today, and Winebrenner and Brulles' easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide is a winner that should be implemented in every school to save money and improve education for all students. This book shouldn't be on your school's bookshelf; it should be in the hands of your teachers, coordinators and administrators, as they train and implement Cluster Grouping using this guide!
Every student deserves the opportunity to learn something new every single day in school. With this model, classes are more balanced allowing for the classroom teacher to differentiate for all students. When classes range from the very high to the very low it is nearly impossible to reach every child at his/her level. The clustering model provides research based methods how and why clustering works for all students.
The book carefully explains how grouping the gifted kids is NOT elitism. No Child Left Behind has left many gifted children and teachers frustrated with the focus on the lowest of the low. Yes, those students deserve help but we cannot "fix" their home environment no matter what we do during the school day. Other countries, such as Japan and China, long ago put their financial resources and time focusing on their brightest students...that is why they achieve more in math and science than the United States. The U.S society is more focused on being "fair" and politically correct. This book helps all to see why NCLB is not working to help the U.S. re-gain our educational status!