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:

Hope is More than Wishful Thinking
Janette Boazman, Ph.D. discusses the concept of Hope and how it plays an integral part in education and gifted education. She outlines methods of using hope create positive reactions among students. 

Interview with Christine Fonseca about Introverted Gifted Students 
Fonseca discusses temperament and how these traits present themselves in school and classroom settings, and how temperament impacts peer relations.

Creative Talent: Recognizing and Nurturing it 
This article discusses how parents can recognize creative talents exhibited by their children and provide them opportunities that encourage the expression of their child’s creative talents.

Identifying and nurturing talent in the visual arts
This article provides parents with ways to identify characteristics shown by artistically gifted children and how parents can help nurture those abilities.


Alliance for Excellent Education 
Based in Washington, D.C., the Alliance for Excellent Education is a national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work and citizenship. The Alliance focuses on America’s six million most at-risk secondary school students - those in the lowest achievement quartile - who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.

Thousands of public and private elementary schools throughout America are listed on this website. Categorized by city, district, zip code and county, the list contains all public and private elementary schools in the U.S. Statistics such as enrollment and ratio of students to teachers are included as well as elementary school addresses, phone numbers and other contact information.

High-Schools.com is a resource that contains data on thousands of public and private high schools in the U.S. Categorized by city and state, the site also includes school data on enrollment and student/teacher ratios, as well as contact information.

The Threshold School (Centennial, CO)
Opening in August 2015, The Threshold School is located in Centennial, Colorado and will accept sixth and seventh graders the first year. Eventually, the plan is to grow this private school to serve sixth through 12th grades. The school's mission is to prepare students to confront the big issues of this century and be instrumental in altering humanity’s trajectory in the upcoming decades.

Renzulli Academy (Hartford, CT)
Located in Hartford, Connecticut, The Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy is a school designed for students who have a passion for learning and are capable of gifted performance in fourth through eighth grades. The Academy utilizes the School wide Enrichment Model (SEM), SEM is not intended to replace or minimize existing services to high achieving students. Rather, its purpose is to integrate these services into “a-rising-tide-lifts-all-ships” approach to school improvement.

Pre-Collegiate Institutes Middle School Program (Stanford, CA)
The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes Middle School Program consists of three, two-week sessions for students in grades six and seven at the time of application. Similar to the Summer Institutes High School Program, this program provides academic enrichment, a taste of college life at Stanford, and the opportunity to meet others with similar interests and abilities. Academically talented and motivated middle school students will find the program fun, challenging and rewarding.

Pre-Collegiate Institutes High School Program (Stanford, CA)
The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes are three-week and four-week residential programs for academically talented and motivated high school students. The Summer Institutes provide an opportunity for these students to enrich and accelerate their academic pursuits and to meet other students who share their interests and abilities.

University Level Online Math and Physics
Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics courses bring motivated and academically-talented high school students together to allow them to explore their intellectual passions, develop analytic reasoning and creative thinking, and study directly with expert instructors. These online courses are offered throughout the year and give students the opportunity to take a broad offering of math and physics courses not typically offered in secondary schools.

Stanford Math Circle (Stanford, CA)
The Stanford Math Circle offers quarter-long sessions for local, elementary-, middle-, and high-school students who are interested in math. Math circles are weekly gatherings of students working on problems involving complex and advanced mathematical topics, guided by mathematicians and educators. The weekly meetings take place on Thursdays on Stanford University’s campus.

Stanford Science Circle (Stanford, CA)
The Stanford Science Circle offers quarter-long classes for high and middle school students who are interested in exploring the vast and exciting world of scientific research. Weekly sessions are held at Stanford throughout the academic quarter. The Science Circle promotes science interest and career awareness through engaging lectures and hands-on activities. Students learn directly from faculty, researchers, and post-doctoral scholars in the Stanford science community.

Stanford Science Conference (Stanford, CA)
The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Science Conference aims to highlight current research from the perspective of Stanford scholars as well as the incredible work being done in science by young scholars across the country. Goals of the conference are to enhance and sustain student interest in science, and promote the importance of scientific exploration by all students, regardless of academic and socio-economic status. The 2014 Science Conference was held in mid-Marc at Stanford University.

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (Stanford, CA)
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is an annual five-week summer residential program for science- and medicine-based enrichment held on the Stanford University campus. The program is open to low-income and ethnically diverse high school sophomores and juniors who live in northern and central California. Please check website for program dates.

Stanford Youth Orchestra (Stanford, CA)
The Stanford Youth Orchestra brings the finest young musicians from around the world to participate in a three-week intensive orchestral and academic program. Bringing together world-renowned faculty instructors, the Stanford Youth Orchestra provides participants with exceptional orchestral training in the new state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall, and includes academic workshops in composition, music theory, musicology, and technology. Students can choose between residential or commuting options.

Chase Hill School for Writing and Literary Arts
The Chase Hill School for Academic Writing and Literary Arts is a small, distance learning school that provides high-quality tutorials for adults and children 10 and older. Tutorials offer genuine, constructive interaction between student and teacher and complete flexibility with regard to both assignments and genres, in order to accommodate each student's unique gifts and interests.

Palo Alto College Dual Credit Program (San Antonio, Texas)
Located in San Antonio, Texas, the Palo Alto College Dual Credit Program allows eligible high school students to earn college credit for certain high school courses in which they are currently enrolled while completing their high school requirements. In order for students to participate in this Alamo Colleges' program, the high schools must be approved to offer Dual Credit courses.

Edgenuity offers award-winning curriculum that has helped more than one million students succeed. They partner with schools in all 50 states to improve the quality and equity of education. Edgenuity MyPath is a supplemental program that offers data-driven differentiated instruction for math and reading. Edgenuity MyPath meets middle school and high school students at their learning level and gives them exactly what they need to catch up or get ahead.

Concepts in Competitive Mathematics, Second Edition
This short reference book contains fundamental concepts crucial to solving math competition problems such as those found on the Mathematical Association of America's AMC 10, AMC 12, and AIME, as well as those found in local or regional competitions. Full of formulas as well as examples and solutions, this book shows how specific problems can be best solved in order to succeed in math competitions. Topics include Number Theory, Combinatorics, Probability, Statistics, Sequences and Series, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Coordinate Mathematics.

List Muse
This website provides reading, movie and music lists for educational and entertainment purposes. Some of the reading lists are of fiction and nonfiction books, including The 100 Best Science Books of All Time.

YouCubed is a nonprofit organization providing free and affordable K-12 mathematics resources and professional development for educators, parents and students. This resource is created by a Stanford University math specialist.

Children Above 180 IQ (Stanford-Binet): Origin and Development - PDF
This 10 MB PDF is a copy of the book, Children Above 180 IQ (Stanford-Binet): Origin and Development, by Dr. Leta Holingworth. Originally copyrighted in 1942, the copyright for this book was not renewed and this book is now in the public domain. It contains 12 case studies of children above 180 IQ. For most of the 20th century, this book was the definitive work on profoundly gifted children and includes information on early childhood development; schooling and adjustment; test performance on a variety of measures; examples of children's work; and, as far as was possible to trace, their progress into adulthood. The book concludes with chapters that summarize the findings and raise specific issues relating to schooling, leadership, creativity and parenting.

ChildLit Wiki
The ChildLit Wiki is a resource for recommending books to children, based on the books they have already enjoyed. In addition, it is a resource for information about, and professional review and discussion of, children's books, authors, illustrators, and publishers, written by its readers. The site is a wiki, meaning that users can edit almost any article on this page.

How to Work and Homeschool: Practical Advice, Tips, and Strategies from Parents (Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling) (Volume 5)
This book addresses the following questions many parents have: do you want to homeschool, but you need to keep working? Maybe you’re already homeschooling, but you would like to start a business? Perhaps you’re homeschooling, working, and volunteering, but need to create space for yourself? How can this possibly be done? How do other parents manage? This book is contains real world examples and tried-and-tested approaches.

Project- Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self- Directed Learners
This book combines student interests with long-term, deep, complex learning. It is an introduction and guide to creating the circumstances under which children can teach themselves. The author gives parents concrete tips for helping children do challenging, meaningful, self-chosen work. From setting up a workspace that encourages independence to building a family culture that supports self-directed learning to concrete suggestions for a step-by-step approach to inquiry-based investigation, this book shares techniques for mentoring independent, confident thinkers and learners.

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