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The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model

How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement for All
Revised and Updated


In today’s standards-driven era, how can teachers motivate and challenge gifted students and ensure that all students reach their potential? This book provides a compelling answer: the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM). The authors explain how the model differs from grouping practices of the past, and they present a roadmap for implementing, sustaining, and evaluating schoolwide cluster grouping. Readers will find a wealth of teacher-tested classroom strategies along with detailed information on identifying gifted students for clusters, gaining support from parents, and providing ongoing professional development.

The new edition offers identification and placement guidance for a wide variety of student ages and populations. It directs special attention toward empowering gifted English language learners. It shows teachers how to use the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) framework to differentiate learning tasks, and it offers new ideas for integrating technology into both professional development and student learning. A comprehensive glossary, references, and resources explain terminology and recommend assessments, books, organizations, and websites to explore.

This revised and updated edition of The Cluster Grouping Handbook is an essential resource for administrators, gifted education program directors, and classroom teachers. It offers a guide for schools to create a workable, defensible gifted program; to simplify teachers’ jobs; and to maximize learning for all students. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book and a PDF presentation; a free PLC/Book Study Guide is also available.
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Paperback $42.99 83566W Paperback 83566W $42.99
ISBN: 978-1-63198-356-6
Audience: Administrators, gifted coordinators, teachers grades K–8
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 224
Digital Content: Includes customizable forms from the book and a PDF presentation for professional development
Praise for the previous edition of The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model
“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

“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)

“Using SCGM throughout the entire Tulpehocken elementary learning community is increasing success for all students.”—Lisa Kiss, director of Special Education, Tulpehacken, Pennsylvania

“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

Download the free PLC/Book Study Guide.

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