Recommended Links and Sites for Gifted
Dona Matthews, Ph.D., and Joanne Foster, Ed.D., have an engaging website filled with links, resources, and their individual blogs. Their book, Being Smart about Gifted Education, published by Great Potential Press, is for parents and educators who seek to identify and nurture exceptionally high ability in children. This site complements the ideas in that book, including the concepts of the “mystery” and the “mastery” models of gifted education. Every child, no matter the level of his or her ability, should be provided with the educational experiences that he or she needs at any given time, and the information and resources in this site can help adults to accomplish this objective.
The Connie Belin & Jaqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is located at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In addition to sponsoring the biennial Wallace Symposium on Talent Development, the Belin-Blank Center offers talent search testing, weekend and summer enrichment opportunities, teacher training, and guidance and counseling services to gifted children and their families. The Center supports acceleration as an effective strategy for high-ability students and has developed a tool for schools to use when considering a student for a whole-grade skip. Titled the Iowa Acceleration Scale, this tool consists of a Manual, Form, and Summary and Planning Record and provides an objective way to evaluate whether or not to accelerate a child a full grade. If the child is not recommended for whole-grade acceleration, other options are proposed. Staff members at the Belin-Blank Center conduct ongoing research on acceleration as they continue to collect data on this important subject.
California Association for the Gifted
The members of California’s state gifted association, CAG, are parents, educators, and community members, and not just those from California. Anyone from any state who is interested in the education of gifted and talented young people can join. CAG publishes a quarterly online journal, The CAG Communicator, with articles of interest to parents and educators. CAG also holds a yearly spring conference at a location that alternates between northern and southern California. The annual CAG conference, held in March, attracts more than 1,000 attendees from all over the U.S., and several other countries as well.
Davidson Institute for Talent Development
The mission of this private foundation is to support and nurture profoundly gifted young people and provide opportunities for them to develop their talents in positive ways. Founded in 1999 by Jan and Bob Davidson and located in Reno, Nevada, the institute offers a variety of programs and services for students and their families, including student scholarships, a free educator’s guild, a summer institute, and a free public day school for profoundly gifted students. The Institute’s website also contains information about gifted education policies in all 50 states—such as which states provide funding for gifted education, which have mandates, etc.—that can be a helpful resource for parents.
Located on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, the Frances A. Karnes Center provides services for gifted children and youth in grades K-12, as well as support and training for teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Services for students include summer programs, academic competitions, and talent search program testing. Dr. Frances Karnes has written extensively in the field of gifted education and has been honored with many awards.
Gifted Child Society
The Gifted Child Society is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1957 by parents of gifted children in New Jersey to further the cause of gifted education. The organization offers assistance to parents and educators through a newsletter, a biennial conference, Saturday enrichment workshops for students, professional training for teachers, online articles and resources, and ongoing educational advocacy for gifted and talented students.
Gifted Development Center
The Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado, was founded in 1979 by psychologist Dr. Linda Silverman and offers a variety of services and resources for gifted children and adults. Among the services provided are in-depth assessment for gifted children, IQ testing, educational options information, advocacy, individual counseling, and consulting. Resources include speakers, articles, books, journals, and audio and video recordings, some of which are available for sale. Consultation is available for issues common to gifted persons, including perfectionism, asynchronous development, underachievement, acceleration, school selection, visual-spatial learners, and gifted/learning disabled or twice-exceptional learners. Parents can learn about their own giftedness as they learn about their child. Also available by subscription or in individual issues is a journal on adult gifted, The Journal of Advanced Development.
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
This large, comprehensive website is designed for parents of gifted children. It features carefully annotated and organized content areas, including articles, research, organizations, reading lists, curriculum ideas, and various kinds of online support. Visitors to the site will find information on characteristics of gifted children, testing and identification, academic acceleration, gifted/learning disabled children, profoundly gifted children, educational theories, resource books on various topics, and much, much more. In addition, parents can ask questions of other parents in a safe online forum. There are resources for children and teens as well, including magazines, software, web links, and book lists with plot summaries for ages 6-16, plus first-hand success stories by parents of gifted children.
Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education
The Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education is situated at Hunter College, which is located in the heart of New York City and is a part of the City University of New York. The goal of the Center is to offer resources and guidance to gifted education professionals, families, and students. Its staff is committed to understanding and encouraging high-level achievement in diverse kinds of learners, with a particular focus on urban settings. The Center also partners with the Hunter College School of Education to provide an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education to teachers. Hunter College Campus Schools (for students in grades K-12) are publicly funded laboratory schools for gifted learners and are widely regarded as preeminent schools for gifted education.
National Association for Gifted Children
As a national organization, NAGC provides information on its website about services offered by the individual states, as well as recommended program standards, support for parents, summer programs, and a listing of regular online seminars on topics such as underachievement. There is also information specifically targeted to educators, a learning center, and a career center with an extensive job bank. The site lists upcoming national and state conventions, awards and grant updates, public policies, and publications of books and other materials pertaining to gifted and talented education. Visitors can read and download program notes and presentations from the annual conventions, which attract as many as 3,000 attendees each year. The site also has a bookstore of NAGC publications, as well as recommended books from other publishers.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
SENG is a nonprofit organization that recognizes that gifted individuals need not only academic stimulation, but also social and emotional support to develop their talents and find their place in the world. The organization focuses on both parents and teachers. Through its newsletters, online seminars, parent support groups, yearly conference, and online articles, SENG seeks to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. It also offers training for SENG model parent support groups. In these groups, parents of gifted children meet weekly for 10 weeks to discuss various issues of raising gifted children; the groups use the book A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children to help them understand and deal with these issues. SENG also offers online webinars 6-10 times a year on topics such as motivation or perfectionism. It sends out a monthly online newsletter to 20,000 subscribers and furnishes recordings of presentations and webinars online.
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
WCGTC is an international nonprofit organization headquartered at Western Kentucky University in Lexington, Kentucky, that aims to maximize the development of gifted children for the benefit of humankind. It holds a biannual conference through which it hopes to facilitate worldwide communication of information, support and disseminate research, exchange ideas, promote teacher training, and support parent and family education. WCGTC publishes a journal, Gifted and Talented International, which is available online.