This page provides links to and descriptions of resources for gifted and twice-exceptional children and adolescents and their families, as well as teachers and counselors. I do not endorse or promote any of these resources specifically, but have attempted to compile a list of resources that are recognized by families, researchers, and educators in the field of gifted education. I welcome any suggestions for additions or adjustments to this list.
Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS) - "AEGUS serves as an advocacy group on behalf of gifted underachieving students. AEGUS recognizes these students can be found in populations regardless of racial, ethnic, religious or socioeconomic backgrounds; and areas of special learning, physical or emotional needs. The major purpose of this organization is to focus attention and research efforts on able learners whose potential may be unrecognized, undeveloped or not nurtured."
The Association for the Gifted (TAG) – Special division of the Council for Exceptional Children. "The primary purpose of this organization shall be to promote the welfare and education of children and youth with gifts, talents, and/or high potential."
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) - The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) "is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences."
National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) - "organization created to honor and encourage gifted and talented (G&T) children and youth. It is committed to acknowledging and supporting the needs of G&T children and youth by providing recognition of their significant academic and artistic accomplishments and access to educational resources and advanced learning opportunities directly related to their interests and talent areas." Children and youth become members with recommendations from an educator and a parent.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) - SENG is "dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities."
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented - "organization of educators and parents dedicated to meeting the unique needs of gifted and talented students. Chartered in 1978, TAGT is the nation’s largest state advocacy group of its kind, providing nearly 3,000 members and friends of gifted youth a forum for exchanging ideas and information about the education of gifted and talented students. TAGT recognizes the unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students and provides educational services to meet these needs."
World Council for Gifted and Talented Children - "The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Inc. (WCGTC) is a worldwide non-profit organization that provides advocacy and support for gifted children. The WCGTC is a educators, scholars, researchers, parents and others interested in the development and education of gifted and talented children of all ages."
Talent Search Organizations
Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Center (CBK) – serving Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming
Center for Talent Development – Northwestern University (CTD) – serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) – serving Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
Gifted Education Programs
Center for Gifted, Northern Illinois University–
year-round and summer programs for pre-K to 12 students in the Chicagoland
The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University – summer programs for students, support for parents and teachers
The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children - "The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children offers a broad spectrum of services for gifted children, parents and specialists involved in Gifted Education."
The Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education – Regular meetings in Second Life.
International Gifted Education Teacher-Development Network - "A fundamental mission of the International Gifted Education Teacher-Development Network (IGET-Network) is to bring world-wide best practices in the gifted education field of study and practice, to countries where gifted education is not incorporated into school governance policies."
Institute for Educational Advancement - "The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is dedicated to helping our nation’s most talented young people in developing their fullest potential by focusing on creating programs and providing leadership for educational practices and policies that are student-centered and which promote academic rigor, excellence in the arts, high standards and educational innovations."
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT), University of Connecticut - "Research focusing on meeting the needs of gifted and talented youth and professional development for teachers."
UConn Mentor Connection - "annual, three-week, summer program for academically talented secondary students at the University of Connecticut. It has been designed to provide high school students with opportunities to participate in creative projects and research investigations under the supervision of university mentors."
Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) – summer programs at universities in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas
Schools for Gifted
- Ace Academy - Austin, Texas - "ACE Academy is a private, independent school for gifted
students in Austin, Texas. ACE combines strong, integrated academic curriculum
with a global outlook. ACE Academy offers grades Pre-K to high school in
flexible groupings and is fully accredited by SACS/CASI through AdvancEd."
Bridges Academy – Studio City, California - "We are dedicated to understanding and educating gifted and highly gifted students with learning differences (twice-exceptional or 2e students) and to fostering a successful academic and social experience for our students and the broader community through the work of two divisions: Bridges Academy and The Center for Twice-Exceptional Research and Professional Development (The 2e Center)."
Connections Academy – Online public K-12 schools, by state, and international online private school.
Davidson Institute for Talent Development - "national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted students 18 and under." Free services, scholarships, free public day school (University of Nevada, Reno), summer programs, and more.
Helios New School – Palo Alto, California – K – 8, "Learning at Helios takes place through meaningful authentic projects, which may include field work, inquiry, discovery, direct instruction and interaction with the environment."
Herberger Young Scholars Academy - Phoenix, Arizona - "a learning environment designed for highly gifted secondary school students located on the Arizona State University West campus in Phoenix, Arizona." Accelerated curriculum for middle, high school, and college for students starting at age 12, with university as early as age 15.
Liberty School – Durango, Colorado - "private school with approximately 20 students in grades 1-8. Program is designed for dyslexic, twice exceptional and gifted children who flourish in a child-centered, inquiry-based curricular program."
Primoris Academy – Westwook, New Jersey – PreK – 12, "Primoris Academy’s sole mission is to provide profoundly bright young children an advanced educational opportunity matched to their abilities, strengths, and interests. We want to challenge and inspire young minds through compelling academic program to ensure each child reaches his or her full potential."
The Roeper School – Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan – PreK – 12, "The Roepers created a unique coeducational school community for gifted children; a child-centered school that respects the thoughts of each child while providing a rigorous learning environment and curriculum that helps students to become internally motivated and focused on making the world a better place."
Spring Branch School for Highly Gifted Students - Spring Branch ISD, Houston, Texas - K-4, open 2013-2014, "will provide highly, exceptionally, and profoundly gifted children an advanced educational opportunity matched to their individual abilities, strengths and interests."
Online Resources and Tools
- Best Nuggets & Tools of ISTE13 - List of technology tools from the International Society for Technology in Education 2013 Conference.
- Gifted Homeschoolers Forum - "The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
(GHF) supports gifted homeschoolers in the United States and around the
world through education, advocacy, community and support."
GHF Resources for Twice Exceptional – Links to resources for 2e, organizations, and websites.
Gifted Resources – Jo Freitag, mother of four gifted children in Australia
Hoagies Gifted Education Page – "the 'all things gifted' page for parents, teachers, administrators, mental health professionals, and gifted kids and adults."
Hoagies Gifted Education Page, Gifted Students at Risk – includes students in poverty, low income, of color, LGBT, urban, rural.ICT magic - wiki by Martin Burrett, a teacher in the UK, with links to educational tools, such as ZooBurst, VOKI and edcanvas.
Kent Cook Foundation - "The Jack Kent
Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jack Kent
Cooke to help exceptionally promising students reach their full potential
through education. Launched in 2000, the Foundation focuses in particular on
students with financial need." Scholarships, direct service programs, and
Mindset - "Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success." She describes fixed and growth mindsets and "how teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports."
Our Gifted - home of the Understanding Our Gifted Journal (non-academic) and the Beyond Giftedness Conference in Colorado, where they are" dedicated to providing information to help you understand and work with gifted children."
Raising Smarter Kids - Resources, ideas, and support, from Dona Matthews, PhD, and Joanne Foster, EdD, authors of Being Smart about Gifted Education.
Reducing Stereotype Threat - "Reducingstereotypethreat.org was created by two social psychologists as a resource for faculty, teachers, students, and the general public interested in the phenomenon of stereotype threat. This website offers summaries of research on stereotype threat and discusses unresolved issues and controversies in the research literature. Included are some research-based suggestions for reducing the negative consequences of stereotyping, particularly in academic settings."
Empirically Validated Strategies to Reduce Stereotype Threat – Walton, Cohen, and Steele (2012), Stanford University
Renzulli Learning – online program based on research by Joe Renzulli, PhD, and Sally Reis, PhD, that is "student-centered, personalized, and project-centered."
– Twice-Exceptional Children’s Advocacy – "Supporting gifted children
and adolescents with special needs."
Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children – Links to resources and book by author Barbara Trail, EdD, Advisor for Special Populations Network of NAGC
2e-Twice-Exceptional Newsletter – "For parents, educators, and other professionals. Helping 2e children reach their potential."
What's Today App - "calendar and daily activity schedule app for kids on the iPad," designed by Lynette Breedlove, "Director of Advanced Academic Studies and Secondary Counseling in a public school district in the Houston area, where she oversees the gifted and talented program K-12, including services for highly gifted children."
Wrightslaw-Twice Exceptional Children (2e) – Site for information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Developed by Pete and Pam Wright, co-founders and faculty at the William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).
Enrichment, Competitions, Clubs
Arizona Smart Minds - "Our summer camp offers the gifted and talented or highly motivated students entering 2nd through 7th grades the opportunity to engage in captivating and challenging courses in the company of peers who share their enhanced abilities and love of learning. Includes Mathematics, Science & Engineering, and Public Speaking & Debate classes."
Camp Invention – "a week-long summer enrichment program for children entering grades one through six. The Camp Invention program instills vital 21st century life skills such as problem-solving and teamwork through hands-on fun."
Destination Imagination - "The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament."
E-gifted - "offers many gifted enrichment classes after-school and engaging summer classes online. Curriculum is infused with gifted strategies that stimulate curiosity, promote critical thinking, and spark a passion for learning. Programs for gifted students include classes, independent studies, and book clubs."
Future Problem Solving Program International - "Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles. FPSPI engages students in creative problem solving within the curriculum and provides competitive opportunities."
LAUNCH: Collective Genius for a Better World - "global initiative to identify and support the innovative work poised to contribute to a sustainable future and accelerate solutions to meet urgent challenges facing our society. NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE joined together to form LAUNCH in an effort to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries, whose world-class ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society."
Maker Training Camps - "collaborative online courses designed to help you learn a new skill or build a specific project. Camps use hangouts and communities to make it easy to work with other students and teachers. Have a question? Post it in the online community or attend the next weekly office hours session on a Google Hangout. Camps are generally between one and five weeks in length with a lecture, office hours and a project each week." Camp examples: Introduction to Raspberry Pi, Introduction to Arduino.
Math Counts - "a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization, is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory."
NASA Summer of Innovation Project - Program designed to " advance excellence in summer and extended learning for underrepresented and underserved middle school students to inspire them toward future STEM pursuits. The project is providing hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational activities during the summer school break." Students are selected for mini-awards of up to $2,500 each.
Odyssey of the Mind - "an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program."
Origami Salami - "We are 13 student-powered chapters in the USA, Australia, and Philippines inspiring the world to Fold for Good. Our mission: To inspire learners to think outside the book about STEM studies by studying folding. We inspire the world to fold for good." Founder, Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, has developed a digital course called "'Investigation: Paper Engineering' for K-12 curriculum, publisher Lincoln Interactive."
Secret Millionaires Club Learn and Earn – "Financial literacy and entrepreneurship."
Siemens Competition - "Competition in Math, Science & Technology, revealing the brightest high school minds in contention for the nation’s most coveted teen science prize, scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $100,000."
Smithsonian Online Education Conferences - "In each online conference in the series, you will join with students and teachers to interact with curators, researchers, and educators from various disciplines at the Smithsonian."
Smithsonian Quests - "Smithsonian Quests inspire students to explore their own ideas and interests online, in school, at home, and across the nation. The quests connect and reward learners of different ages and in different regions as they learn through discovery and collaboration. Rewards include digital badges that students (and teachers) take with them for life!" Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Stanford Math Tournament - "The Stanford Math Tournament (SMT) is an annual student-run math competition for high school students held at Stanford University. SMT aims to encourage interest in math by providing students an opportunity to work on fun and challenging problems and to meet other students interested in math. SMT is run by Stanford students in collaboration with Rice University, Johns Hopkins University, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa."
Student Education Programs: Summer Programs and Camps for High School Students and Middle Schools Students - "information about quality summer programs and camps to students, parents, and educators. This site was started by educators in an effort to connect students with valuable summer opportunities. The website has been designed to enable students, parents, and educators to search for and find beneficial programs and camps. Links to specific category pages can be found on the left side of each page on the site. The category pages include subject-specific pages as well as state-specific pages."
Blogs and Social Networks
Adventures in Giftedness – Blog of James Bishop, gifted person and doctoral student in Educational Psychology at University of North Texas
Gifted and Talented Ireland - "The only specialist website for teachers of gifted children in Ireland," by Peter Lydon, second level teacher in Dublin. Twitter chat #gtie.
Gifted Parenting Support – Blog of L. J. Conrad, moderator of #gtchat, which is supported by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT)
The #gtchat Daily - articles and stories shared by members of #gtchat.
Help Me with My Gifted Child: The Gifted Parent Help Blog – Blog of Matt Kelley, technology educator, educational consultant, twice-exceptional adult
IGGY (University of Warwick) - "social network designed to help gifted young
people between the ages of 13-18 realize their full potential. It gives members
access to great educational resources and encourages them to work with top
academics and other gifted young people around the world."
It's OK To Be Smart - You Tube videos and blog about science, by Joe Hanson, host/writer of PBS Digital Studios It's OK To Be Smart.
The 2e Education Blog – Official blog of Bridges Academy and The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development. Many posts from Susan Baum, PhD.
Unexpected Gifts: Discovering and Nurturing the Gifts in Every Child – Blog of Cathy Risberg, MA, owner of Minds That Soar, LLC.
Unwrapping the Gifted, Education Week Teacher – Blog by Tamara Fisher, K-12 gifted education specialist and author in Montana
Military Connected Students
of Defense Military Family Support Page - "regular updates on all DOD and
related efforts to help improve the lives of military families."
MIC3 – Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission - "The goal of the compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students. The compact leverages consistency: It uses a comprehensive approach that provides a consistent policy in every school district and in every state that chooses to join. The compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation."
Military Child Education Coalition - "The work of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, the MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and develops and publishes resources for all constituencies."
MCEC – Ask Aunt Peggie – For questions about military-connected students and education. "Peggie Watson is an expert researcher for the MCEC and serves as a trusted resource for families and educators around the world."
Military Child Initiative, Building Resilient Kids Web Course - course through Johns Hopkins University is "for school administrators, support staff and teachers to help all students meet life’s challenges with resilience, focusing primarily on students from military families."
Military Impacted Schools Association - "a national organization of school superintendents. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children. MISA is part of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. MISA works on funding, legislation, partnerships and programs for military families on the move. MISA conducts workshops for educators and provides resources on connectedness, building resilience, military life, transition, and deployment."
Military Kids Connect - "an online community of military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from pre-deployment, through a parent's or caregiver's return."
Military K-12 Partners – "Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)’s Educational Partnership program works collaboratively with the Department of Education in efforts to ease the transition of military children and by providing resources to LEA's (Local Education Agency) that educate military children."
Military K-12 Partners - School Liaison Officers - "coordinate and assist school aged children of military parents with educational opportunities and information necessary to succeed in an academic environment."
Military One Source - "Policies, procedures, timely articles, cutting-edge social media tools, and support. All in one place, empowering our military community."
Military One Source, EFMP/Special Needs - "The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) works with military families with special needs to address their unique needs throughout the assignment process and after families have settled into their new installation."
Military Youth on the Move – "for kids, pre-teens, and teenagers. One-stop shop for advice and info on moving, social life, school, and more." Through Military One Source.
National Military Family Association - "leading non-profit advocacy organization focusing on issues important to military families."
National Military Family Association Publications – Community Toolkit, Military KidsToolkit, Military Teens Toolkit
Sesame Workshop for Military Families - "provides much-needed support and practical education with Talk, Listen, Connect, a multiphase outreach initiative to help kids through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one. Videos, storybooks, and workbooks especially created for this program guide families through such tough transitions by showing how real families — as well as furry monsters — deal with similar circumstances."
Student Online Achievement Resources - "a program for military families and the school districts that serve them. It aims to address the unique challenges facing military children in our nation’s public schools, while benefiting the overall student population. SOAR Home is an internet-based application, which is easily accessible worldwide. Students take an assessment aligned to state standards, and SOAR directs them to individualized tutorials to improve skills where needed. Parents can monitor their children’s progress from anywhere, and are provided with resource materials."
United Through Reading Military Program - "Our Military Program helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home."