Kendall Hunt Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Students Earn NAGC Awards

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Educational publisher's mathematics and language arts units received the National Association for Gifted Children's Curriculum Studies Network Award at its annual conference in Denver last month.

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The fact that our gifted math and language arts units continue to be recognized as exemplary programs is extremely gratifying, and represents our longstanding commitment to the development of high-quality curriculum for talented and gifted students.

Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, the leading publisher of curriculum for talented and gifted students, has announced that two of its program units have been awarded top honors by the National Association for Gifted Children’s Curriculum Studies Network. The awards were bestowed last month at NAGC’s annual conference in Denver, CO.

Kendall Hunt’s award-winning units are:

Exploring Shapes in Space: Geometry and the Frogonauts, grade K, authored by M. Katherine Gavin, Tutita M. Casa, Suzanne H. Chapin, and Linda Jensen Sheffield

Utopia, Second Edition, grades 7-9, authored by The Center for Gifted Education (CFGE), College of William and Mary

The Curriculum Studies Network awards competition identifies and recognizes exemplary curriculum units that can be used in both heterogeneous classrooms and gifted education programs. Each submission is independently reviewed by two evaluators using a scoring rubric that evaluates the curriculum in terms of how it addresses national and state standards and benchmarks, provides evidence of the unit’s effectiveness, demonstrates the appropriate level of challenge for use with gifted students, and ensures that its written components are complete and substantive. Awards are issued when consensus is achieved by the evaluators.

The Geometry and the Frogonauts unit is part of Project M2: Mentoring Young Mathematicians, an advanced mathematics curriculum for students in grades K-2. The program focuses on the study of geometry and measurement in the primary grades.

Utopia is one of 10 units that comprise the CFGE language arts curriculum. Now in its second edition, the program focuses on the development of analytic and interpretive skills in literature, persuasive writing skills, linguistic competency, and listening/oral communications skills, reasoning skills, and understanding an overarching concept.

“The fact that our gifted math and language arts units continue to be recognized as exemplary programs of study is extremely gratifying to us, and represents our longstanding commitment to the development of high-quality curriculum for talented and gifted students,” said Charley Cook, Vice President, K-12 Publishing. “We are also proud to celebrate the continuing success of these dedicated author teams, not only because they have been honored with this award, but for their continued service to the NAGC community and the tens of thousands of students who benefit from their efforts to raise the bar for gifted education.”

To learn more about these units and other Kendall Hunt programs for talented and gifted students, call 800.542.6657.

About Kendall Hunt:
Kendall Hunt develops high-quality, research- and inquiry-based curriculum solutions that meet educational standards and integrate the appropriate use of technology as a learning tool. It also provides continuing support to educators through customized professional development programs designed to provide strong support to teachers and fully engage students in the classroom and at home. For more information, visit kendallhunt.com/prek12.

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