Leta Hollingworth and the Speyer School

The Speyer School was New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners in the 1930s, led by gifted education pioneer Leta Hollingworth. It soon became apparent that the gifted students at the school could do the standard New York City curriculum in half the time, and the question became how to meet the needs of these children in school without hurrying them off to college at an unacceptably young age. A series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things” was prepared for these children. These units were specifically developed as enrichment for the children and became part of the foundation of America’s first gifted program. Royal Fireworks Press is pleased to offer a book that tells the story of Hollingworth and the Speyer School, as well as reproductions of four of the units.

The Speyer School was New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners in the 1930s, led by gifted education pioneer Leta Hollingworth. It soon became apparent that the gifted students at the school could do the standard New York City curriculum in half the time, and the question became how to meet the needs of these children in school without hurrying them off to college at an unacceptably young age. A series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things” was prepared for these children. These units were specifically developed as enrichment for the children and became part of the foundation of America’s first gifted program. Royal Fireworks Press is pleased to offer a book that tells the story of Hollingworth and the Speyer School, as well as reproductions of four of the units.

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America's First Gifted Program: Hollingworth and the Speyer School Experiment

Author: White, Willard L.

Subjects: Gifted Education; Teacher Resources

ISBN: 978-0-89824-481-6

Order code: 4816

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The foundations of gifted education in the United States were laid in the 1930s by psychologist Leta Hollingworth at the experimental Speyer School for rapid learners in New York City. Dr. Hollingworth taught and studied this population of children and came to believe that they had special educational needs that could not be met adequately in a typical classroom setting. Motivated by this strongly held belief, she created a set of best practices for designing curriculum and meeting the educational and emotional needs of those children.

The program was conducted from 1935 to 1940, the first for gifted students in the United States. The original Speyer School closed in the spring of 1941, and the students scattered across the city's district. Some forty years later, Willard White located 28 of the Speyer School alumni for a follow-up study and organized a reunion. This long-awaited book is the result of his important study of the students who were in Leta Hollingworth's program, which he describes in detail. The book also includes copies of articles that appeared about it in the media at the time.

Dr. Willard White is a teacher trainer in gifted education, a consultant to school districts in program development and developing curricula for gifted and advanced students, a presenter at state and national conferences, and an instructor at Florida Atlantic University.

The foundations of gifted education in the United States were laid in the 1930s by psychologist Leta Hollingworth at the experimental Speyer School for rapid learners in New York City. Dr. Hollingworth taught and studied this population of children and came to believe that they had special educational needs that could not be met adequately in a typical classroom setting. Motivated by this strongly held belief, she created a set of best practices for designing curriculum and meeting the educational and emotional needs of those children.

The program was conducted from 1935 to 1940, the first for gifted students in the United States. The original Speyer School closed in the spring of 1941, and the students scattered across the city's district. Some forty years later, Willard White located 28 of the Speyer School alumni for a follow-up study and organized a reunion. This long-awaited book is the result of his important study of the students who were in Leta Hollingworth's program, which he describes in detail. The book also includes copies of articles that appeared about it in the media at the time.

Dr. Willard White is a teacher trainer in gifted education, a consultant to school districts in program development and developing curricula for gifted and advanced students, a presenter at state and national conferences, and an instructor at Florida Atlantic University.

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The Evolution of Common Things: Unit 1 – Aviation

Author: Schuck, Myrna Ingram

Subjects: Gifted Education

ISBN: 978-0-89824-550-9

Order code: 5509

Price: $10.00

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This volume is part of a series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things,” which was prepared for the Speyer School, New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners led by Leta Hollingworth in the 1930s. Our re-publication of the units is directly tied to Dr. Willard L. White’s America’s First Gifted Program, published by Royal Fireworks in 2014. Dr. White is the source of the original copy of this text.

This volume is part of a series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things,” which was prepared for the Speyer School, New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners led by Leta Hollingworth in the 1930s. Our re-publication of the units is directly tied to Dr. Willard L. White’s America’s First Gifted Program, published by Royal Fireworks in 2014. Dr. White is the source of the original copy of this text.

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The Evolution of Common Things: Unit 2 – Communication

Author: Schuck, Myrna Ingram

Subjects: Gifted Education

ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-89824-55

Order code: 5547

Price: $10.00

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This volume is part of a series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things,” which was prepared for the Speyer School, New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners led by Leta Hollingworth in the 1930s. Our re-publication of the units is directly tied to Dr. Willard L. White’s America’s First Gifted Program, published by Royal Fireworks in 2014. Dr. White is the source of the original copy of this text.

This volume is part of a series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things,” which was prepared for the Speyer School, New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners led by Leta Hollingworth in the 1930s. Our re-publication of the units is directly tied to Dr. Willard L. White’s America’s First Gifted Program, published by Royal Fireworks in 2014. Dr. White is the source of the original copy of this text.

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The Evolution of Common Things: Unit 3 – Transportation by Land

Author: Schuck, Myrna Ingram

Subjects: Gifted Education

ISBN: 978-0-89824-555-4

Order code: 5554

Price: $10.00

The Evolution of Common Things: Unit 3 – Transportation by Land Cover

This volume is part of a series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things,” which was prepared for the Speyer School, New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners led by Leta Hollingworth in the 1930s. Our re-publication of the units is directly tied to Dr. Willard L. White’s America’s First Gifted Program, published by Royal Fireworks in 2014. Dr. White is the source of the original copy of this text.

This volume is part of a series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things,” which was prepared for the Speyer School, New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners led by Leta Hollingworth in the 1930s. Our re-publication of the units is directly tied to Dr. Willard L. White’s America’s First Gifted Program, published by Royal Fireworks in 2014. Dr. White is the source of the original copy of this text.

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The Evolution of Common Things: Unit 4 – Illumination

Author: Schuck, Myrna Ingram

Subjects: Gifted Education

ISBN: 978-0-89824-556-1

Order code: 5561

Price: $10.00

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This volume is part of a series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things,” which was prepared for the Speyer School, New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners led by Leta Hollingworth in the 1930s. Our re-publication of the units is directly tied to Dr. Willard L. White’s America’s First Gifted Program, published by Royal Fireworks in 2014. Dr. White is the source of the original copy of this text.

This volume is part of a series of units on the theme “The Evolution of Common Things,” which was prepared for the Speyer School, New York City’s experimental school for exceptional learners led by Leta Hollingworth in the 1930s. Our re-publication of the units is directly tied to Dr. Willard L. White’s America’s First Gifted Program, published by Royal Fireworks in 2014. Dr. White is the source of the original copy of this text.

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