Danielle Voit

Miss Danielle Voit is the Director of HEROES Academy for the Gifted.

Accelerated Math: Entrance Rates, Success Rates, and College Readiness

Straight A’s — strong standardized test scores — raving teacher recommendations.  Whether this is a dream or a reality, most would agree that good grades, standardized test scores, and teacher evaluations indicate that a student has successfully learned the required curriculum.  As a nation, we judge the success of the school, student, and teacher by considering …

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Nurturing the Potential of Gifted Children

Often mis-labeled as high-achievers, strivers, or simply “smart,” our gifted children are often misunderstood.  Giftedness comes with any number of misguided stereotypes — defined by their overexcitabilities, their sense of justice, an insatiable need to ask questions, or — worse — behavioral issues.  Researchers continue to redefine giftedness time and time again, searching for a …

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No homework? What’s happening to our education system?

Over the last few years, I’ve seen a rapidly growing trend against homework take hold in US schools — both public and private.  Highly acclaimed public school districts have even been rumored to give this fad a whirl.  The theory, I’ve heard, is that students would benefit more from 15 minutes per day of reading …

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It’s not the curriculum – It’s the whole system

Change is the only constant in our lives.  When we are conscious of change, it is challenging.  We challenge our decisions, our ethics, our sense of morality, and (hopefully) our goals.  We, as individuals, change, and we, as a society, change – sometimes converging, sometimes diverging.  We are also guilty of attempting to impress change …

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Understanding Your Child’s STAR Test Results

What is the STAR Test?The STAR test is an adaptive achievement test, similar to the NWEA MAP test.  The STAR test originally only included a reading assessment; however, it has since expanded to include early literacy and mathematics.  Reading assessments can be administered to all students in grades K-12.  However, the math assessment is only …

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In Search of a Stimulating Education

In search of a stimulating education, I’ve jumped through hoops to bypass prerequisites and other requirements, starting college before finishing high school, starting graduate school before finishing my undergraduate degree, hopping from degree to degree, and waiving prerequisites.  I frequently have students who have skipped a year or more in various academic subjects, I’ve helped …

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