Available March 2022. Many believe that talent is inherent—a person either has it or doesn’t. But research shows that a student’s environment is a critical determinant for developing talents. In Talent Zones, Dr. Lee Hancock redefines talent so that parents, teachers, and coaches of kids can create environments rich in opportunities for all kids to boost their confidence and for developing talents in multiple areas, from academics to arts to athletics.
Hancock presents ten evidence-based, developmentally appropriate strategies called Talent Development Zones (TDZs). These TDZs transform talent concepts and research into practical strategies adults can use to create environments for developing talents. Strategies include:
Provide opportunities for deep, deliberate practice
Develop and inspire creativity
Build “I can” kids
Help kids manage pressure
For more than 20 years, the author has worked with athletes from youth to professional and with classroom teachers, students, and parents of awesome kids. He’s translated research and experience into approachable strategies for equitably developing talents in kids now and as they grow up.