Davidson Database - What's New

The Davidson Gifted Database is your gateway to a wealth of information about the gifted population. This database houses thousands of resources and hundreds of articles for gifted students, as well as their parents and educators. This page is a monthly summary of new additions to the database:

College Planning for Gifted Students
BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) – A review of Sandra L. Berger’s book College Planning for Gifted Students, which provides a step-by-step breakdown of the college planning process both within and outside of the educational setting.  

Up From Underachievement: How teachers, students, and parents can work together to promote student success
BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Written by Diane Heacox, this book has a step-by-step process for students, parents, and teachers to work together towards success in school and break the pattern of underachievement. 

Tips for Parents: Executive Functioning - what is it, why we need it, and how we as parents can support our children's development.
This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Catherine Gruener and provides tips for parents on identification as well as strategies for supporting executive functioning students. 

Tips for Parents: Greater Productivity, Creativity & Wellness through Mindfulness
This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Paula Wilkes and provides tips for parents on using mindfulness to have greater productivity, creativity and wellness. 

Tips for Parents: Multicultural Education and the Gifted
This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by SaDohl Jones and provides information about multicultural education and gifted students by defining the what, why, how and who as well as outlining different approaches. 

Tips for Parents: Ten Tips for Creating a Joyful Family Vacation
This Tips for Parents article is from a seminar hosted by Kiesa Kay and provides information about creating a joyful family vacation using 10 simple tips.


Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Cogito Research Award (STEM)
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and Cogito established the CTY Cogito Research Awards in 2013 to enable bright middle- and high-school students to conduct research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Each student may submit only one application, individually or as part of a team. A committee composed of Johns Hopkins CTY faculty selects students who submit the most compelling, promising research proposals. Up to 10 award winners will be chosen each year. These students will receive grants to help cover expenses associated with their research projects and will be paired with a mentor who will support them virtually through the research process.

Chegg Scholarship Search
A student-first connected learning platform, Chegg also includes a scholarship search connecting students to scholarships that match their skills and talents. Chegg is a publicly-held company based in Santa Clara, California and trades on the NYSE under the symbol CHGG.

College Bound Resource Center
The College Bound Resource Center was developed to reduce the stress and anxiety many families are feeling today as they start to prepare their students for college. They have developed the College - Cash Flow - Retirement (CCR) Planning System, which walks clients through the three key questions families are facing: how do we get students to college; how do we help without destroying cash flow; and how do we help without tapping retirement accounts.

Cool Kid Facts
The Cool Kid Facts website has information about a range of topics for students to read, enjoy and share. Topics range from the human body to the solar system.

Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence
Each chapter of Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills contains activities suitable for a different age groups. This book may be read in its entirety (which includes the introduction and references) or in discrete sections geared to specific age groups.

Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and on their school communities.

Future School Online Learning Systems
Using a three-step study program, the Future School Online Learning Systems specialize in the subject areas of Math and English using a customizable study plan where parents and students can receive instant feedback. Their interactive online mathematics course assists students with all areas of mathematics: from basic concepts including numbers, shapes and time through to advanced theory in algebra, trigonometry, calculus and more. Students can study at a level appropriate to their abilities and progress at their own speed.

Genius Games
Genius Games creates educational games focused on making learning fun. Their two card games are listed as: Peptide: A Protein Building Game (Biology in a Game Box!); and Linkage: A DNA Card Game. They are requesting submissions for new games ideas, especially in the areas of physics and astronomy.

James Dyson Foundation
The James Dyson Foundation focuses on improvement of problem solving skills for young engineers through the use of design and hands on experience. The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The Award is open to current and recent design engineering students.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses. Written by clinical psychologists Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel, this book emphasizes the need for a two-pronged approach to intervention: 1) helping the child to manage demands in the short run, and 2) building independent skills for long-term self-management.

Loudoun School for the Gifted (Ashburn, VA)
Located in Ashburn, Virginia, the Loudoun School for the Gifted offers courses and curriculum that seek to challenge students while at the same time stimulating creativity and making school an enjoyable place to be. Ideal Schools High School opened in 2008 as the first and only co-educational independent high school in Loudoun County founded. In 2012, the school added grades 6 through 8 and was renamed Loudoun School for the Gifted, to reflect the school's focus and academic program.

Math Prize for Girls 
Sponsored by Advantage Testing Foundation as the largest monetary math prize for girls in the world, Math Prize for Girls is a math competition targeting high school girls who excel in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM). The goal is to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become the mathematical and scientific leaders of tomorrow.

MathILy (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, MathILy is a summer program for high school students designed for students to spend five weeks in Pennsylvania honing their math skills. MathILy is comparable in level and intensity to selective programs such as Mathcamp, SUMaC, HCSSiM, PROMYS and the Ross Program.

Montage Memory Makers Scholarship
The Memory Makers Scholarship is for students ages 13 to 17 who are providing creative solutions to creative needs. Five winners are awarded $10,000 to further their education.

Novel Book Ratings
Novel Book Ratings is a website that provides a search engine to help users find books by categories and content. Their rating system can assist parents with finding age appropriate books for their children to read.

Sage Vista School (Campbell, CA)
Located in Campbell, California, Sage Vista School is a private school for gifted and twice exceptional (2e) students. The school offers kindergarten through fifth grade and will be opening a middle school in the fall of 2015. Their education program emphasizes depth, mastery, collaboration, meaning and understanding that both emanate from and frame content standards.

Schutor.com is a college search tool for guidance counselors, students and parents. After users create a login for this website, they can search for colleges that are the best fit for specific students, as well as stay ing connected through the college search process through saved and shared searches.

Student Guide
StudentGuide.org is a collection of useful resources for students to assist their scholastic goals. This website contains articles on hundreds of student-related topics to help them improve their study habits, writing skills, organizational and analytical skills.

Summit Center (California)
Summit Center provides educational and psychological assessments, consultations, and treatment for children, their parents, and families, as well as parent discussion groups and educational opportunities. Their specialties include managing stress and anxiety, learning differences such as dyslexia, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality.

The Sensory Child gets Organized: Proven Systems for Rigid, Anxious, or Distracted Kids
In this book by Carolyn Dalgliesh, the author helps parents with understanding what makes sensory children tick; how to create harmonious spaces through sensory organizing; how to use structure and routines to connect with children; preparing a child for social and school experiences; and, make travel a successful and fun-filled journey.

Washington Scholarship Coalition (WSC)
Organized by the Washington Scholarship Coalition (WSC), theWashBoard.org is a free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington state residents and students attending college in Washington.

Why Smart Kids Worry: And What Parents Can Do to Help
In this book, author Allison Edwards guides readers through the mental and emotional process of where children's fears come from and why they are so hard to move past. With years of experience as a therapist, Edwards provides answers to questions readers might have, and focuses on how to parent a child who is both smart and anxious.

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