Consulting & Workshops

Many of the authors who are published under Great Potential Press, Inc. are available to do workshops and presentations to schools, as well as at state and national association conferences. If you would like one of our authors to be a speaker at your conference or workshop, please look at our Event Speakers page or contact for information. The authors are also available to comment on a variety of education and psychology issues.


Dr. Nicholas Colangelo and/or Dr. Susan Assouline (Iowa) demonstrate how to use the research-based Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS) to help determine whether  whole-grade acceleration is a good decision for a high-ability child, and if so, when. If it is not, the IAS helps a child study team create an alternative plan to provide the child with appropriately challenging work. Two-hour presentations or full-day training is available. Dr. Colangelo was named one of the top 25 most influential psychologists in the field of gifted education by Gifted Child Today magazine.

Advocacy; Parent Support Groups:

Arlene DeVries (Iowa) can help you with local or state advocacy or assist you in forming a parent support group in your district using the SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) model. Arlene has served on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Building a Gifted Program; Differentiation:

Monita Leavitt, M.S. (Connecticut) demonstrates how to build an effective gifted program from scratch or how to evaluate or change a program already in place.


Dr. Jane Piirto (Ohio) presents the latest information and research on creativity, as well as many practical ideas for promoting creativity in schools or at home.

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity; Equity for the Gifted:

Joy Davis (Virginia) speaks and consults on diversity in education and gifted education for minority students.

Education Plans for Gifted Children:

Dr. Karen Rogers (Minnesota) explains numerous acceleration, enrichment, and grouping practices and uses research-based information to help parents and educators work together to design educational plans for gifted students.

Eminent People:

Dr. Ted Goertzel (Ohio) offers provocative insights into family patterns and childhood experiences that seem to stimulate gifted children to become eminent adults.

Gender Issues:

Dr. Barbara Kerr (Kansas) speaks about gender issues, including reasons why some bright boys and girls underachieve and fail to reach their potentials. Dr. Kerr describes her research findings and offers suggestions. She has been named one of the top 25 most influential psychologists in the field of gifted education by Gifted Child Today magazine.

Gifted Children – Mystery vs. Mastery:

Dr. Dona Matthews (England) and Dr. Joanne Foster (Ontario, Canada) speak about developing children’s natural abilities, as well as about introducing the “mystery” and “mastery” models of gifted education.

Giftedness in the Classroom; Motivation:

Dr. Carol Strip Whitney (Ohio) will help new-to-the field parents, teachers, and administrators understand the ins and outs of gifted education, including testing, educational options for the regular classroom, and parent/teacher communication.


Dr. James Webb (Arizona), Janet Gore (Arizona), and Frances Karnes (Mississippi) speak about grandparenting gifted children.

Highly Gifted; Gender Differences:

Dr. Deborah Ruf (Minnesota) speaks on the developmental patterns of highly gifted children, different levels of giftedness, educational implications, and gender differences.

Homeschooling Gifted Children:

Lisa Rivero (Wisconsin) offers a wealth of tips and resources from her own experiences as a homeschool parent, as well as from interviews with other homeschool parents.

Humor; Appreciating Uniqueness:

Karen Isaacson (Idaho) and Tamara Fisher (Montana) convey the importance of valuing uniqueness within the child, the family, and the classroom. Their delightful stories from their own zany experiences will keep audiences in stitches, as well as educate them on the importance of individuality.

Leadership; Legal Issues; Talented Girls:

Dr. Frances Karnes (Mississippi) speaks about leadership development, legal issues in gifted education, and talented girls. Dr. Karnes is currently on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Leta Hollingworth:

Dr. Ann G. Klein (Wisconsin) vibrantly describes the life of Dr. Leta Hollingworth, considered the founder of gifted education. Hollingworth’s work with children with IQs above 180 is particularly outstanding. Her life will inspire and encourage educators and parents, as well as provide perspective on current issues in gifted education. Dr. Hollingworth was named one of the top 25 influential psychologists in the field of gifted education by Gifted Child Today magazine.

Misdiagnosis of the Gifted:

Dr. James Webb (Arizona), Dr. Edward Amend (Kentucky), Dr. Nadia Webb (New Mexico), Dr. Paul Beljan (Arizona), and Dr. Rick Olenchak (Texas) speak about common misdiagnoses of gifted children and adults, including ADD, ADHD, OCD, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Dr. James Webb was named one of the most influential psychologists in the field of gifted education by Gifted Child Today magazine.


Karen Isaacson (Idaho) and Tamara Fisher (Montana) reiterate the power of a child’s voice and demonstrate methods of how to acquire that voice.

Smart Girls:

Dr. Barbara Kerr (Kansas) speaks from her wealth of research and experiences with bright, talented girls. Her insights are essential for parents and teachers as they help bright girls realize their dreams. Dr. Kerr was named one of the top 25 most influential psychologist in the field of gifted education by Gifted Child Today magazine.

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