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"Our students come with a lot of passion and a lot of culture that's sometimes dismissed in the regular public school setting... the loud, the music, the dancing... and we really embrace that."

What are these programs?
The TAG (talented and gifted) and ALERTA programs are examples of programs that work with gifted hispanic students. This is a video created when the programs were celebrating their 25th anniversary. The mission of the TAG and ALERTA programs is to ensure that Boston Public School Latino and English Language Learner students excel academically, socially, and personally, so as to improve their ability to succeed in high school and at the postsecondary levels. The ALERTA program works with elementary aged students and the TAG program works with middle and high school students. The programs give these children the spark that they need.

What are they doing for gifted Hispanic students?
The students and teachers in the video explain that this program celebrates the passion and culture that the latino students bring to the classroom. Their language is respected and their culture is respected, and it helps the students to feel comfortable. They feel loved. Gifted students are often overlooked. Teachers may not always be able to see the gifted characteristics in a child if they are more focused on behavior problems, disabilities, or underachievement. The language and cultural differences between Hispanic students and their teachers could allow giftedness and potential to go unnoticed. These programs celebrate the culture and language and use it to help these gifted Latino students to create that spark to reach their potential.


Resource for Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry35vM6BWAQ

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Latino Program (2015). https://www.umb.edu/tag
Project ALERTA (2015). https://www.umb.edu/alerta

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