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How can schools better meet the needs of high-ability students?

A child's hand holding a pencil and writing on a worksheet
George Yeadon
Nina DeVivo-Schaffer and Jonathan Plucker on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Are public schools doing enough to challenge high-ability students? A group of parents across numerous local districts says the answer is no.

The group has welcomed Johns Hopkins professor Jonathan Plucker to Rochester to speak about the issue. Plucker has studied and written about the needs of gifted students. This hour, we discuss his research and what parents are hoping to change in New York State.

In studio:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.