Hi Susan,
 
Hope this search reaches you.
 
I've been thinking about your request and would like to take the opportunity to share. I am also interested in the Gifted program and wonder if there's any way down the road I could get involved in research. I do have a personal interest in the IDENTIFICATION, SUPPORT, EDUCATIONAL PROCESS OF THE GIFTED as well as PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AFTER the educational process is complete. I do have a MSED in Education (USC), MA in Psychology of Counseling, and PhD in Aesthetic Psychology.
I would like to invite as a co-speaker my dearest gifted friend, Larry Lovett. Larry is truly gifted and naturally articulate in front of groups, having earned a Masters in Art Education at ivy Columbia U, NYC.  However he never fit into the educational system here, sticks to struggling with his art on the North Shore, and at 62 struggles with his father's rejection (father has masters from Northwestern and U. Chicago) as a loser in life for becoming a  life long artist.  I thought of him because he is very verbal what he thinks of the educational system here, especially for the gifted and the special ed types as majority rules here when it comes to curriculum planning - so he says.  He would be willing to share his paintings too. 
 
Your call stimulated theoretical interest in just what is "gifted."  For me it meant a lifetime of struggle and misunderstanding. My 2 sons were identified at Kamioiki as Gifted, the first in academics and the second in art.  They are moving now in different directions academically. I wonder now if you research has identified the misfit gifted, not necessarily identified by classroom supremacy or by obviously better drawing ability but merely by PERSONALITY?  Larry and myself could serve as sampling from the "Blacksheep Gifted" type. Is there such a category?  For such, life can be a lifelong struggle to adapt to the system, to make ends means, to continue to make the sacrifice of financial gain and security over intellectual freedom. Tough in America.  Then again, there's the strong willed one like me which tries to be successful at both opposing goals within one short lifetime. 
 
I currently am invited to write a paper for the Hawaii Dental Association Journal on what's it's like to live a dual life, as fellow dentist with all its philosophical trappings, and as a dedicated 'serious' artist, which this flock cannot begin to comprehend or would careless to understand.  I knew this from the beginning, that I'd live a life on the social periphery of dental society when I was a mere dental student.  I did directed research on "art appreciation comparisons of medical, dental, and art students."  Right then and there I knew it would be a lonely life within the field. 
 
I'm thinking of writing a paper just for you.  Case study. For the perspective of a teacher.  What do you think?
 
Maybe it's not too late (59) to find a more satisfying job, though I doubt the pay would be the same. 
 
By the way insight to my kids' potential comes from my own personal life experience. Hopefully I do a better job than my parents, their schools.  Rochelle, 13, is gifted in ballet but there is absolutely no special ed school that she could attend to develop her abilities as required at this early age.  So I PAY $350 A MONTH (plus Punahou) for after school lessons to provide her this educational opportunity so that her dream (which I realize can change overnight) of becoming a 'professional ballerina' (in some other city; our professional ballet company went defunct) has a chance to be realized.
 
Please do direct me to any web sites on the gifted to refresh knowledge on what's going on today is special ed.  What is the mission of the DOE's Human Resources dept?
 
Aloha,
Rodney Chang, Kalani '63