Danielle Voit

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

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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“In Theory Means It Doesn’t Really Work” – Best Practice -vs- Reality

In theory means it doesn’t really work.   At the end of each unit, my students complete independent projects.  They present their projects to their classmates and parents.  We always ask the students questions at the conclusion of their presentation.  One of my questions is always, “What was the most significant thing you learned from …

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Autism –vs- Giftedness: A Neurobiological Perspective

Each one of my students holds a special place in my heart – ten years, thousands of students and parents – it’s been a long journey towards understanding in an effort to provide the resources that these children need so desperately.  Yet, it’s been those profoundly gifted students who present with social and communicative inadequacies …

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ADD, ADHD, Neuro-stimulants, and the Gifted Brain

It’s almost immediately identifiable – the moment a child is put on neurostimulants or, as I like to call them, neurological restraints.  Their eyes glaze over, the sparkle in their eyes that once gave them passion now muted.  Their response and engagement with their surroundings is now sluggish.  It’s as if all their color has …

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Anxiety and the Gifted Brain

Thump….Thump….Thump…Thump.Thump.Thump.  I can hear my heart pounding.  I can HEAR it.  Can anyone else hear it?  The world around me starts to blur.  My thoughts are screaming in my head, but they’re breaking up.  A single thought repeats itself incessantly.  A million more pile on.  Some are only snippets.  Some are entire narratives.  I’m having …

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