Stephanie S. Tolan, M.A.

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Stephanie S. Tolan, M.A., playwright and Newbery Honor winning author of 24 critically acclaimed novels for children and young adults, is co-author of Guiding the Gifted Child. Since its publication in 1982, she has served as a consultant to parents and educators about the social, emotional, spiritual, and academic needs of the gifted, with a particular focus on the highly to profoundly gifted. Her articles about gifted children and adults have appeared in numerous journals, including Roeper Review (for which she is a contributing editor), Gifted Child Monthly, Journal of Advanced Development, Understanding Our Gifted, TIP Network News, ERIC Flyer Files, G/C/T, and The Communicator. A popular and dynamic speaker, Tolan has spoken at regional, national, and international conferences, and her article “Is It a Cheetah?” (based on a 1992 keynote speech at the Hollingworth Conference for the Highly Gifted) has been translated into more than 20 languages and reprinted by individuals, publications, and organizations for the gifted all over the world, many of whom have adopted the cheetah as a logo.

As the mother of a highly gifted and creative child, Tolan discovered by the time he was in kindergarten that educators did not know what to do with her son, so she needed to learn all there was to know about the special needs of this population. She has spent more than 20 years helping other parents learn about themselves and their children and find ways to support them.

In addition to writing and speaking about the gifted, Tolan served for two years as an advisor to the first director of the Davidson Institute to design and set up the Young Scholars program, and she spoke at the first Young Scholars gathering. She is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Educational Advancement and serves on the faculty of Yunasa, its summer camp for highly gifted 10- to 14-year-olds. She has been on the advisory boards of two schools for the gifted and is on the Board of Directors of the Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, a charter school for the highly gifted. Her novel Welcome to the Ark has been said to offer a more in-depth view of the lives of profoundly gifted children and adolescents than can be found in most textbooks. It has been used in many educational programs for teachers of the gifted and in gifted classrooms across the country.

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