National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents

National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET; also known by its native acronym SAMPAD) is an Iranian organization founded in 1976 that governs a series of selective schools.[2]

National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents
سازمان ملی پرورش استعدادهای درخشان
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Other nameSampad
Former nameNational Iranian Organization for Gifted and Talented Education (NIOGATE)
TypeSelective
Established1976
FounderIraj Broomand
PresidentElham Yavari[1]
PublicationExceptional Talents (1992–2007)
Websitesampad.gov.ir

History

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The organization was founded in the Autumn of 1976 by Iraj Broomand as National Iranian Organization for Gifted and Talented Education (NIOGATE), with two mixed-gender schools in Tehran (Alvand and Bolvar), with a budget of 13 million tomans.[3][4][5] It was to serve as a model of excellence for education in Iran. This innovative organization was short-lived but its influence in the country was significant.[6] Several international and American organizations collaborated with this nascent program,[4] including the University of Southern California and the United Nations Education Commission.[7]

After 1979 Revolution, the organization was continuing its work unofficially, until it was re-established in 1987 as National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET; Persian: سازمان ملی پرورش استعدادهای درخشان Sāzmān-e Melli-ye Parvaresh-e Este'dādhā-ye Derakhshān, acronym سمپاد SAMPAD).[8]

Schools

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Shahid Soltani School, a SAMPAD boys school in Karaj, Iran

The organization has 99 middle schools and 98 high schools.[8][9]

The schools are informally called Tizhooshan (تیزهوشان, literally "the Gifted"). The boys schools in Tehran are often named Allameh Helli (علامه حلی) and the girls schools are often named Farzanegan (فرزانگان).[10]

Entrance

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The organization recruits students annually through a two-step set of nationwide exams at both middle school and high school levels.[11] The tests are designed to measure the intelligence, talents and creativity, rather than prior knowledge.[12][13] The rate of acceptance is less than 5% for the thousands of students who apply annually.[8]

The entrance for the educational and administrative staff is also selective.[11] The teachers tend to be the best in the country.[8]

Education system

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The educational materials, facilities, instructional methodologies, coursework and curriculum are different in these schools, and intended to develop the students' talents.[11][14]

The courses are college-level in fields such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and English. The schools usually offer only two majors, mathematics-physics and experimental sciences.[8]

Virtually all medals in the Iranian Science Olympiads are won by the NODET students. The students are also top performers in many International Science Olympiad.[8][15]

Alumni

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NODET alumni usually pursue higher education up to postgraduate level.[8]

Some of the alumni are world class researchers in STEM fields and medicine.[8] Notable alumni include the mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani,[16] chess grandmaster Elshan Moradi, computer scientist Farinaz Koushanfar, and Unicode expert Roozbeh Pournader.

References

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  1. ^ "Official offers interest in elites' presence in Pardis Technology Park". Pardis Technology Park. Feb 1, 2022.
  2. ^ "آمار دقیق آزمون سمپاد سال 98 تشریح شد". خبرگزاری موج (in Persian). Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  3. ^ A Brief History of NIOGATE: An Experiment in Gifted Education in Iran. San Francisco: National Association for Gifted Children. 1979.
  4. ^ a b Broomand, Iraj (January 1982). Sisk, Dorothy (ed.). "A Brief Review of Iranian Program Prototype for Gifted and Talented Education". Gifted International. 1 (1). New York: Trillium Press: 1–16. doi:10.1080/15332276.1982.11672661.
  5. ^ Eje'i, Javad (Spring 2002). "گزینش تیزهوشان قبل و بعد از انقلب(۲)" (PDF). Exceptional Talents (in Persian). 11 (1).
  6. ^ Gifted International. World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. 1982. pp. 1–16.
  7. ^ Broomand, Iraj. Simaye Kolli-ye Sazman-e Melli-ye Parvaresh-e Este'dadha-ye Derkhshan, pp. 34-35 (in Persian), cited by: Eje'i, Javad (Spring 2002). "گزینش تیزهوشان قبل و بعد از انقلب(۲)" (PDF). Exceptional Talents (in Persian). 11 (1): 33.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "41 Schools in Tehran for the Exceptionally Talented". Financial Tribune. 25 May 2015.
  9. ^ For more information about the history of the schools and their statistics, see Exceptional Talents, 1997 (Spring) Vol. 6 , No 1.
  10. ^ فراهانی, ملیحه (6 April 2021). "لیست مدارس سمپاد تهران". مجله استادبانک (in Persian). Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  11. ^ a b c "سیر تا پیاز آنچه باید درباره مدارس تیزهوشان بدانید" (in Persian). Mizan News Agency.
  12. ^ "برگزاری «سنجش هوش» برای داوطلبان پایه هفتم مدارس سمپاد". Iranian Students' News Agency (in Persian). 22 May 2018.
  13. ^ "فرصت ثبت‌نام در مدارس سمپاد تمدید شد - تسنیم". Tasnim (in Persian).
  14. ^ Gifted International. World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. 1982. p. 16.
  15. ^ For more statistics on this matter, refer to Eje'i, Javad (Autumn 2005). "سمپاد و استمرار موفقیت‌ها" (PDF). Exceptional Talents (in Persian). 14 (3): 237-255.
  16. ^ Nasir, Jamal (November 29, 2022). "Nurturing the gifted". The News International. Retrieved 25 March 2024.
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