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A Mind at a Time

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Are you interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the learning process? If so, A Mind at a Time by Dr. Mel Levine is just the book you are looking for! Based on years of experience as a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and director of the Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Dr. Levine has developed his own model that dissects the learning process into eight neurodevelopmental systems: attention control, memory, langu ...

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Authors Dr. James Webb, Janet Gore, Dr. Edward Amend and Arlene De Vries offer insightful ideas and techniques parents will find useful in day-to-day living with their gifted child(ren). "What should we look for in a School?" Does my gifted child have a learning disability?" And, "When and how should a professional's help be sought out?” are just some of the tough questions covered in this book. ...

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) – This is a review of Lisa Rivero’s book, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents. ...

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of the book by authors Sally Springer and Marion Franck titled, Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College. ...

Alternative Assessments With Gifted and Talented Students

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Joyce VanTassel-Baska's book Alternative Assessments With Gifted and Talented Students, which provides an introduction to methods for identifying gifted students in the school setting. ...

Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children by Dr. Bonnie Zucker. ...

Becoming a Master Student: Tools, Techniques, Hints, Ideas, Illustrations, Examples, Methods, Procedures, Processes, Skills, Resources, and Suggestions for Success

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - By author Dave Ellis, this book as a must-read for all young people considering radical acceleration and/or early college entry. It has received rave reviews from members across the gifted community. ...

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book by Loren Pope provides information on a number of colleges and the benefits for students at each. ...

Competitions: Maximizing Your Abilities

BOOK REVIEW (Roeper Review) - This book covers how to help elementary and secondary students find contests and competitions to enter. It also can be used by parents, educators, and other individuals working with children and young adults in the academic arena. It contains more than 100 entries in a wide variety of categories from academic to service learning, and subcategories from business to music. ...

Coping for Capable Kids: Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Students

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book review covers the content in both the adult and student editions of Coping for Capable Kids, by authors LeoNora M. Cohen, Ph.D. and Erica Frydenberg, Ph.D. The authors define giftedness and discuss its aspects at length. ...

Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More than 700 Famous Men and Women

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - First published in 1964, Cradles of Eminence is a synthesis of the childhood experiences of more than 400 individuals deemed eminent by the authors; Victor Goertzel, Ted George Goetzel, Mildred George Goertzel, and Ariel Hansen. This book is sure to provoke thought on how to nurture gifted young people. ...

Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families

BOOK REVIEW (Linda Neumann, 2e Newsletter) - This article is a book review of Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families by Lisa Rivero and published by Great Potential Press. ...

Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners: A Guidebook for Gifted Education

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book is a joint publication between Corwin Press and the National Association for Gifted Children NAGC. It is edited by Jeanne H. Purcell & Rebecca D. Eckert. ...

Developing Mathematical Talent: A Guide to Challenging and Educating Gifted Students in Math

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This article offers a book review of the first edition of Developing Mathematical Talent. It describes the main topics in each of the book chapters. The reviewer highly recommends this book as a resource for both parents and educators, and points out that although the book focuses on one academic area, the information is applicable to working with students in various academic domains. ...

Early Entrance to College: A Guide to Success

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Dr. Michelle Muratori's book Early Entrance to College: A Guide to Success. ...

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Author Christine Fonseca provides her readers with useful information about the gifted population, in addition to helpful interventions in her book, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings. ...

Encouraging Your Child’s Science Talent: The Involved Parents’ Guide

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book review tells how author Michael Matthews provides parents with a basic foundation of science to help them better understand their child's interest in his book, Encouraging Your Child’s Science Talent: The Involved Parents’ Guide. ...

Encouraging Your Child's Writing Talent: The Involved Parents' Guide

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book review gives a concise view of what the reader can learn from author Nancy Peterson in her book, Encouraging Your Child's Writing Talent: The Involved Parents' Guide. ...

Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Young Scholars) - This article contains three separate book reviews by three Davidson Young Scholars of Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens. All three reviewers enjoyed the book and found helpful tips on dealing with stress. ...

Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book takes a look at the stories of nine young people who took varying, nontraditional educational paths and succeeded in their chosen endeavors and vocations. ...

Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds

BOOK REVIEW (2e Newsletter) - It's not often that stories about the needs of the gifted are the basis for stories in the media. In 2004 things seemed to have changed. First, the book Genius Denied and then the Templeton Report: A Nation Deceived, called attention to the plight of our brightest students. Newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs finally started to discuss how attitudes and policies in the United States shortchange students with tremendous potential. ...

Good Friends Are Hard to Find: Help Your Child Find, Make, and Keep Friends

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book review states how Good Friends Are Hard to Find: Help Your Child Find, Make, and Keep Friends is a great reference guide for your child in helping them deal with the struggles of making and keeping friends. As of 2010, this book is out of print, but the author has published an updated and revised edition with Jossey-Bass that has been re-titled, Friends Forever: How Parents Can Help Their Kids Make and Keep Good Friends, which is available on Kindle. ...

Growing Up Gifted: Developing the Potential of Children at Home and at School

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This article offers a brief review of Barbara Clark's Growing Up Gifted. Clark provides an overview of the research on acceleration (or grade skipping) for highly gifted children. The research shows "almost uniformly positive results." Clark lists several advantages for accelerating highly gifted students. ...

Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Regardless of whether or not a reader shares all of the views presented by these authors, he or she will undoubtedly come away from this book feeling considerably more informed about the central issues of gifted secondary education and more capable of serving the needs of gifted adolescents. ...

How to Parent So Children Will Learn

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - In this book review, it is stated that Dr. Rimm's book How to Parent So Children Will Learn gives practical, compassionate, no-nonsense advice for raising happy, secure, and productive children, from preschool to college. ...

Infinity & Zebra Stripes: Life with Gifted Children

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This is a book review of Wendy Skinner's book Infinity & Zebra Stripes: Life with Gifted Children. ...

Iowa acceleration scale (IAS): A guide for whole-grade acceleration K-8

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - The Iowa Acceleration Scale is a tool to help educators and/or parents determine if grade acceleration is an appropriate option for a particular student. It also provides a basis for interactions between parents and teachers on the subject. ...

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger. ...

Liberating everyday genius: A revolutionary guide for identifying and mastering your exceptional gifts

BOOK REVIEW (California Association for the Gifted) - Liberating Everyday Genius is intended to help gifted adults normalize and understand their giftedness by helping them develop their talents through a five-step process which includes: Identify Thyself, Understand Thyself, Reveal Thyself, Manage Thyself, and Liberate Thyself. Written by Marilyn Lane, this book aims to help adults normalize and develop their giftedness. ...

Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Losing Our Minds is a welcome addition to the literature on understanding and supporting bright young people, who are too often overlooked and therefore not provided with opportunities for appropriate learning environments. In addition to the compelling narrative punctuated with case studies, the book focuses on solutions to identified problems. ...

Millicent Min, Girl Genius

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Young Scholars) - This article offers seven book reviews of the novel Millicent Min, Girl Genius from Davidson Young Scholars. The 2003 book by Lisa Yee, about an 11-year-old girl attending high school, received mixed reviews from our seven Young Scholars who reviewed the book. Two did not care for it, but the others seemed to like it a lot! Read all of the reviews here. ...

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Carol S. Dweck's book titled, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. ...

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults addresses the development issues and implications of misunderstanding gifted young people and adults. The authors James, Edward, Nadia, Jean, Paul, and Richard emphasize the need for greater awareness of how giftedness (in the context of environmental factors) impacts the diagnostic process. In addition, the book provides ideas on appropriate interventions that will hopefully improve the quality of life for gifted individuals and those who i ...

Moving Past Perfect: How Perfectionism May Be Holding Back Your Kids (and You!) and What You Can Do About It (formerly titled Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism)

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Thomas S. Greenspon's book Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism (the new edition is titled Moving Past Perfect: How Perfectionism May Be Holding Back Your Kids (and You!) and What You Can Do About It). ...

Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Dr. Delisle gives parents tools and strategies for understanding their children’s overexcitabilities, building meaning in their lives and working with the school systems that fail them. ...

Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book review gives a concise view of what the reader can learn from author Christine Fonseca in her book, Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World. ...

Radical Acceleration of Highly Gifted Children

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - The reviewer finds this an excellent resource on acceleration for educators, administrators and parents who plan programs and make intervention decisions for gifted and talented students. Readers can easily access their topic of interest in this usable and friendly tool. ...

Raise Your Child's Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A Davidson Institute Family Consultant gives a quick overview of this book by Cathi Cohen. Quizzes at the beginning of each chapter help guide the reader to answers that apply to their particular situation. This book is a valuable tool for any parent wanting to avoid raising a child with a "social learning disability." ...

Raisin' brains: Surviving my smart family

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Karen Isaacson's popular book, Raisin' Brains discusses many issues of parenting gifted children in a way that makes the reader feel like the author is talking directly to them. This is a must read for parents of highly intelligent young people and an invaluable resource for professionals in the field. ...

Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Carol Fertig’s book Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook. This book offers a large menu of strategies, resources, organizations, tips, and suggestions for parents to find optimal learning opportunities for their gifted kids, covering the gamut of talent areas, including academics, the arts, technology, creativity, music, and thinking skills. ...

Re-forming ( Reforming ) Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers Can Match the Program to the Child

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of The Re-forming of Gifted Education by Karen Rogers. From her analysis of research that spans a full century, Dr. Rogers describes various types of gifted children, as well as options for school enrichment and acceleration. She reports the effectiveness for each option according to the research. From her years of experience consulting with schools, she shows parents and teachers practical ways to design ongoing programs that best meet the needs of bright children. ...

See Jane win for girls: A smart girl's guide to success

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Dr. Sylvia Rimm's third book in the See Jane Win, series is a compilation of interviews and easy to follow, real-world recommendations, See Jane Win is recommended as an excellent resource for women of all ages. ...

Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This book, Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services, by Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska is a "thoughtful resource for parents, educators, researchers and community leaders." ...

Smart boys: Talent, manhood, and the search for meaning

BOOK REVIEW (Belin-Blank Newsletter) - Reviewed in the Belin-Blank newsletter, Vision, Brandy Case Haub writes that the reader-friendly approach of this book, combined with intriguing narratives of individual stories, keeps the reader’s attention and makes it a quick read. This book will be most useful for the audience Kerr and Cohn specify: parents, teachers and counselors of gifted and talented boys, who wish to understand and encourage their students. ...

Smart girls: A new psychology of girls, women, and giftedness

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Written by Dr. Barbara Kerr, this book, Smart girls: A new psychology of girls, women, and giftedness, is an examination of how and why intelligent girls sometimes fall short of their potential, and is a useful guide for those assisting gifted girls in achieving self-actualization. ...

Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - By authors Rich Weinfeld, Linda Barnes-Robinson, Sue Jeweler and Betty Roffman Shevitz, this book, Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential, is highly recommended for any parent, educator or counselor interacting with gifted children with learning disabilities. ...

Smart kids with school problems: Things to know and ways to help

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Written by Priscilla and Patricia Vail, Smart kids with school problems: Things to know and ways to help covers strategies for helping students who are both learning disabled and gifted. The book also includes positive personal accounts of twice-exceptional students who have become highly successful learners in school. ...

Some of my best friends are books

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - From the back cover of Some of my best friends are books by Judith Wynn Halsted: Part One offers updated background information on the emotional and intellectual needs of children of high ability. Part Two describes typical reading patterns, the need for reading guidance, and how to discuss books with young readers. Part Three is an annotated bibliography of over 300 books carefully selected to be useful in promoting intellectual and emotional development of high ability youngsters from pre-school throu ...

Stand Up for Your Gifted Child: How to Make the Most of Kids' Strengths at School and at Home

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Stand Up for Your Gifted Child is a practical guide that can help parents become powerful advocates for their child at school - and at home. Written by Joan Franklin Smutny, the book discusses: what giftedness is (and isn't), how to recognize your child's gifts, how to understand his or her school problems, and how to find out your district's policy on gifted education. You'll explore various options for your child's education and learn how to communicate effectively with the school and district, conn ...

Talented teenagers: The roots of success and failure

BOOK REVIEW (Carolyn Cook) - Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure, by authors Csikszentmihalyi, Rathunde and Whalen details the findings of an extensive five-year longitudinal study that strove to answer two questions: How do young people become committed to the development of their talent? And, why do some young people become disengaged from their talent? The authors sought to find commonalities and differences between those teens that went on to use their talents into adulthood from those that drifted away from their ...

Teaching genius: Dorothy DeLay and the making of a musician

BOOK REVIEW (Nancy Robinson) - Teaching genius: Dorothy DeLay and the making of a musician is a biography of this legendary Juilliard faculty member written by Barbara Lourie Sand. The author guides you through DeLay's life as a prodigious musician, her time teaching and mentoring, the talent development model developed by Juilliard, and finally the empowering teaching style of DeLay. ...

The Best Kept Secrets for Winning Scholarships

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Many useful tips are found in this review of Brenda Smith's book, The Best Kept Secrets for Winning Scholarships. This book is a must-read for those applying to any college or organization for financial aid. ...

The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College by Kristin M. White. According to Amazon.com, this is the go-to book for anyone considering a year to re-charge, to follow a passion, to become immersed in another culture, or to find their love of learning again. It includes everything a student, parent, or guidance counselor would want to know about the gap year; including what a gap year is, what it is not, and why it can have a positive impact on a ...

The Difficult Child

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - The Difficult Child describes a parenting program developed by the author, Stanley Turecki, M.D., and his colleagues. The program is an outcome of Turecki's work with thousands of families who struggle with raising difficult children, and is based on the groundbreaking New York Longitudinal Study, which defined nine temperamental traits. The Difficult Child is a self-help book for the parents of children with difficult temperaments. ...

The Examined Life: Advanced Philosophy for Kids

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - Author Dr. David White has provided teachers an engaging way to help students work through many philosophical theories and questions. The Examined Life: Advanced Philosophy for Kids, is divided into three sections which focus on readings that will encourage classroom debate, activities that apply philosophical theories to critical thinking, language and the arts, and suggestions on how teachers can become more reflective philosophers themselves. ...

The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: For Ages 10 and Under

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: For Ages 10 and Under by Judy Galbraith is a book that can easily be read from cover to cover in one sitting. It is also a resource parents can lead their children to time and again to help them learn to handle difficult situations ...

The New Public School Parent: How to Get the Best Education for Your Elementary School Child

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - The New Public School Parent: How to Get the Best Education for Your Child, written by Bob Chase and Bob Katz, discusses parental advocacy with schools. Grounded in real life experience and practical advice, the authors have written a book parents will find applicable to their everyday lives. ...

The Resilience Factor: 7 Essential Skills for Overcoming Life’s Inevitable Obstacles

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - The Resilience Factor: Seven Essential Skills for Overcoming Life’s Inevitable Obstacles by authors Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte is not a traditional motivational book, but does offer ways to overcome adversity to become a happy, well-adjusted person. ...

The social and emotional development of gifted children: What do we know?

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This review describes the main points of each of the four sections of The social and emotional development of gifted children: What do we know? The topics of each chapter are briefly commented on and high points are brought to the reader's attention. The book explores what research has told us about the social and emotional development of the gifted and summarizes the findings and provides resources and suggestions for working with the gifted in developing these areas. ...

The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Kids: Understanding and Guiding Their Development

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This review explains why The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Kids: Understanding and Guiding Their Development by Dr. Tracy Cross is a helpful tool for educators, counselors and anyone looking to recognize and respect the relationships between students' emotional, social and academic needs. ...

The Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Individuals (Chapt. 7 in Once Upon a Mind: The Stories and Scholars of Gifted Education)

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This is a review of Chapter 7 of Jim Delisle's book Once Upon a Mind: The Stories and Scholars of Gifted Education. This chapter focuses on the social and emotional needs of gifted young people. The author wraps up the chapter with suggestions for meeting the emotional needs of the profoundly gifted population. ...

The young gifted child: Potential and promise, an anthology

BOOK REVIEW (Patricia A. Haensly) - The intent of The young gifted child: Potential and promise, an anthology is to "offer a framework of understanding for the many adults who cherish these gifted children as students, patients, friends, sons and daughters. The volume is divided into six parts that include an introduction to the subject area and a summary of each chapter within that section. It is designed to serve as a catalyst for discussion on many levels with many kinds of target populations: teachers, parents, counselors, graduate a ...

Understanding Creativity

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This review explores the different sections of Understanding Creativity, giving the reader a glimpse of this unique adventure into the world of creative individuals, both past and present. ...

Units of Instruction for Gifted Learners

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - This teaching unit, which covers aspects from the language arts, math, science and social studies disciplines, is an excellent resource for teachers interested in a constructivist interdisciplinary approach. There is a clear focus on active learning, that children should be taught to learn in a deeper context. Units of Instruction for Gifted Learners is designed for students in grades 2-8. ...

What High Schools Don’t Tell You (And other parents don’t want you to know)

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of What High Schools Don’t Tell You (And other parents don’t want you to know) by Elizabeth Wissner-Gross. This book offers a step by step guide to the college admissions process. ...

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All The Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - When Gifted Kids Don't Have All The Answers by Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith explains what giftedness means, how gifted kids are identified, and how we might improve the identification process. Then they take a close-up look at gifted kids from the inside out-their social and emotional needs. Topics include self-image and self-esteem, perfectionism, multipotential, depression, feelings of "differentness," and stress. ...

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - The book provides practical advice on implementing effective strategies for the best possible IEP outcomes. ...