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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Sep 13, 2019

To many, the gifted and talented designation seems to promise a future of effortless academic success. How, then, can the adults in their lives help when these students face the inevitable educational challenges? Amy and Mike invited test prep professional Shane Bybee to offer guidance on what to do when gifted and talented students struggle.

 What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. How is gifted and talented defined and identified?
  2. What is the remedy when gifted and talented students show imbalances in ability?
  3. What strategies help when a subject suddenly doesn’t come easy to a gifted and talented student?
  4. How can gifted and talented students continue to grow even when not being challenged?
  5. How can parents and educators support gifted and talented students?


Shane Bybee has spent over half his life teaching.   Along the way, he has worked with thousands of different students teaching everything from remedial 7th grade English/Language Arts to Dual Credit English IV and AP Language and Composition and even remedial Algebra I. Every year, no matter the subject he taught, his students outperformed the campus average on standardized tests.  He has written curriculum, presented topics at the state convention for English teachers, and created professional development sessions for colleagues and school districts.

While earning a masters degree in Educational Leadership and getting certified as an administrator, he started Bybee College Prep. He did research into how schools could help more students achieve National Merit recognition. His research grew into a tutorial service that has helped dozens of students reach National Merit Semifinalist status.

As an educator, he is certified to teach Gifted and Talented students and has completed courses for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.He has also served on test item review committees multiple times for the companies that write standardized tests and helped write online curriculum used by major test preparation companies. He understands what goes into crafting these tests.

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