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Gifted Math: A Better Alternative to Acceleration

Acceleration Helps, But Gifted Kids Need More For mathematically talented children, acceleration is a commonly used approach to address their need to be challenged. While acceleration can save gifted math  students from unnecessary repetition, by definition acceleration cannot go deeper than the standard curriculum, and deeper is what many of these students desperately need. Mathematically … Continue Reading

Fiona Brady IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Fiona Brady

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Fiona Brady who is beginning her studies at Northwestern University. Fiona first attended IMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp when she was ten. Over the next eight years, she went on to complete IMACS’ university-level courses in University Computer Science, AP Computer Science: Java Programming, and Logic for Mathematics. Homeschooled since fifth grade, … Continue Reading

Zachary Farnsworth IMACS Success Spotlight

IMACS Success Spotlight: Zachary Farnsworth

Congratulations to IMACS graduate Zachary Farnsworth, who is beginning his sophomore year at Stanford. Zac began taking IMACS classes in first grade. Nine years later, he had completed all of IMACS Mathematics Enrichment and Computer Enrichment and IMACS University-Level Computer Science. Zac graduated valedictorian of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, but not before being founder … Continue Reading

Broward County Schools to Expand Online Math Program for Gifted Students

By Joshua BolkanTHE Journal Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will expand its use of an online math program for gifted students from about 40 students to several hundred over the course of the next few years. The district has been using Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF), from the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science … Continue Reading

Smart is Not What You Think. It’s How You Think.

There was a time when the ability to faithfully recall information was a strong determinant of success. Now we have highly-sophisticated search engines and revolutionary chatbots that speak answers to your spoken questions. What you know and think is no longer the definitive measure of being smart. What matters now and in the future is … Continue Reading

Teach Kids How to Think and They’ll Think for Themselves

As parents we instinctively want to help our children when they struggle. Our impulse is often to just fix the problem ourselves. While this approach makes sense when children are very young, as they grow it becomes counterproductive. In rescuing our kids, we provide a quick fix but deny them opportunities to practice important skills … Continue Reading