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Academy of American Poets

This organization's website provides a comprehensive list of resources for poetry and poetry education. The "For Educators" section of the website includes lesson plans and curriculum related to poetry, tips for teaching poetry, great poems to teach and more.

EEME - electronics

EEME makes hands-on project kits paired with an online video curricula to teach 7-12 year old kids electronics. Their goal is to nurture the curiosity & critical thinking kids need for the science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) opportunities of tomorrow.


Engine-Uity has been offering gifted teaching materials (K-12) since 1980. The materials are keyed to Bloom's Taxonomy with emphases on research and literature. Some materials are K-3 specific; others are geared for 4-8; others for 7-12. Beginning research includes short-term non-fiction. More in depth materials (e.g. Learning Centers and RATS Packs) are available for more sophisticated learners. Reading Centers for popular trade books number in the hundreds.

Excellence Through Classics

This organization nurtures and supports the teaching of Classics at the elementary and middle school levels by providing a forum for intellectual stimulation, dialogue and development. Newsletters, conferences and seminars are all available.

Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) (Montclair, NJ)

IAPC provides curriculum materials for engaging young people (Pre K-12) in philosophical inquiry and provides teacher preparation in the pedagogy of the classroom community of inquiry.

National 4-H Council (Chevy Chase, MD)

National 4-H Council provides grants, establishes programs/initiatives, designs and publishes curriculum and reference materials, and creates linkages fostering innovation and shared learning to advance the 4-H youth development movement, building a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change. National 4-H Council is the national, private sector non-profit partner of 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System. National 4-H Council manages the National 4-H Conference Center, a full-service conference facility in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and the National 4-H Supply Service, the authorized agent for items bearing the 4-H name and emblem.

Teacher ToolKit - National Education Association (NEA)

The National Education Association (NEA) provides Teacher Toolkit, a web-based application for classroom teachers. Toolkits aid teachers in a variety of areas including: classroom, IEP, curriculum, and assessment tools. In addition to toolkits, members have access to 12 hours of professional development from experts in the field.

The Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) (AR)

The Center for Gifted Education provides programs and services to talented students and their families, teachers, and administrators. The goals of the Center are: To provide graduate education for individuals interested in teaching talented youth and in assuming leadership positions in the field of gifted education; to provide professional development programs and services to educators who serve talented youth; to engage in research and scholarly inquiry on talent development among high ability learners and their educators who serve them; to provide a learning laboratory for precollegiate learners and their educators; and to serve as a community resource for talented youth, their families, school districts, and state departments of education.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12

BirdSleuth is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study and real data collection through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen science projects.

The VHS Collaborative - Gifted & Talented

Formerly known as Virtual High School Global Consortium, this organization offers online courses for Gifted & Talented middle school students. They work to identify high school level courses that provide the stimulation and motivation gifted students need to stay challenged and enthusiastic about their learning. Online classes are 15-week semester courses that offer full credit for completion, and are instructor-led with a high emphasis on peer-to-peer collaboration.

Organizations: State

Gifted Resource Center of New England (Providence, RI)

The Gifted Resource Center of New England, located in Providence, Rhode Island, serves the needs of gifted children, adolescents and their families. Clinical psychological and educational services are offered in assessment, psychotherapy, curriculum design, school consultation and teacher in-service. Also, articles, resource lists, and suggested readings are offered. This center also engages in research about giftedness, testing techniques and interventions with gifted children and adolescents, presents at conferences on the gifted and writes about many aspects of giftedness.

Hand in Hand Educational Services (Maryland)

Hand In Hand offers free resources to help Maryland families meet their homeschooling educational goals. Hand In Hand also offers a variety of services for a fee including curricular planning to individualized achievement testing.

Printed Materials: Books

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth

This book for ages 9-12 is a practical and upbeat guide to saving resources and protecting the environment. Each brief chapter begins with an often humorous "Take a Guess," followed by an overview of a problem in "Did You Know," "What You Can Do," and "See For Yourself" sections. Statistics and measurements are translated into age-appropriate terms, such as comparing children's weight to the amount of garbage thrown away in a year. Parents and teachers will find this to be a useful guide for increasing awareness of environmental problems and a superb teaching tool.

A Teacher's Guide to Using the Common Core State Standards With Gifted and Advanced Learners in the English/Language Arts

Written by authors Claire E. Hughes-Lynch, Todd Kettler Ph.D., Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick Ph.D., Joyce VanTassel-Baska Ed.D., this book provides teachers and administrators a blueprint for differentiating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts for gifted and advanced students through the use of acceleration, depth, complexity, and creativity within and across grade levels. It illustrates the differences between learning experiences for typical and advanced students based on the same standard and provides an array of examples across five of the information text and literary text standards while integrating the other aspects of language arts teaching and learning. The book highlights implementation features, such as classroom management and assessment of student work, that allow teachers to make data-based decisions about instruction for particular students. It also offers guidance to teachers on reading selections for advanced learners at all grade levels.

A Teacher's Guide to Using the Common Core State Standards With Mathematically Gifted and Advanced Learners

Written by authors Susan K. Johnsen Ph.D., Gail R. Ryser Ph.D., Susan G. Assouline Ph.D., this book provides teachers and administrators with practical examples of ways to build a comprehensive, coherent, and continuous set of learning experiences for gifted and advanced students. It describes informal, traditional, off-level, and 21st century math assessments that are useful in making educational decisions about placement and programming. Featuring learning experiences for each grade within one math progression, the book offers insight into useful ways of both accelerating and enriching the CCSS mathematics standards. Each of the learning experiences includes a sequence of activities, implementation examples, and formative assessments. Specific instructional and management strategies for implementing the standards within the classroom, school, and school district will be helpful for both K–12 teachers and administrators.

Advanced Placement Programs and Gifted Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

One of the predominant service delivery options for secondary gifted students in America's high schools for the past two decades has been the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Written by Elisaa F. Brown, Ph.D., the book addresses misconceptions about AP courses, the benefits of AP courses for gifted learners, suggested core and targeted teaching strategies for differentiation within AP courses, and supporting and impeding structures for implementing and sustaining a coherent AP program within a high school program of studies.

American History the Easy Way

This book is an excellent guide to the basics of American history. I would not recommend it as a stand-alone textbook, but as a supplementary resource or prep for AP exams or SAT IIs.

Aptitude Revisited: Rethinking Math and Science Education for America's Next Century

American students' dwindling aptitude in math and science have become newsworthy lately, often culminating in debates about test scores. Author David Drew reiterates the concern that American youth is not being prepared for an emerging, competitive international market. Based on his research, Drew argues that the poor, minority students, and young women are not encouraged in mathematics, thus widening the gap between the under and over classes. His recommendations challenge superficial political arguments with potentially valuable solutions.


Arthink/Funthink is a methodology/curriculum that applies fundamentals of the arts for original thinking and clear communication of ideas. Projects are designed to engage students in challenge scenarios that lead them through the creative problem solving (CPS) process while applying twelve creativity tools used by artists, inventors and designers in their development of works of art, inventions and new product concepts. Students work at their personal level of artistic competency where original thinking and ides communication is what matters.

Assessing Differentiated Student Products: A Protocol for Development and Evaluation

Looking for a ready guide for developing and assessing a variety of authentic products in your classroom? If so, then the Developing and Assessing Products (DAP) Tool is for you! Written by Julia L. Roberts, Ed.D. and Tracy F. Inman, this book is about The DAP Tool as a protocol that simplifies the assessment process, encourages differentiation, and takes the ceiling off of learning.

Assessment in the Classroom: The Key to Good Instruction (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

The goal of all classrooms is to maximize the learning of all students; therefore, correctly assessing what students have learned is an integral part of good instruction. It is critical to take into account a student's level of knowledge, understanding, beliefs, skills, dispositions, and learning styles when planning for good classroom instruction and assessment. In this book, author Carolyn Callahan, Ph.D., provides an overview of the most common and successful assessment methods, including formal and informal assessments, student self-assessments, and preassessment strategies for planning instruction.

Beyond Gifted Education: Designing and Implementing Advanced Academic Programs

Seeking a more comprehensive vision for gifted education, this book offers a modern vision of programs and services for gifted and talented students. This book provides the first comprehensive look at designing and implementing K–12 advanced academic student programs.

Building a Gifted Program: Identifying and Educating Gifted Students in Your School

This book by Monita R. Leavitt, is great for anyone building a gifted program from scratch or evaluating or changing your program. A CD is included with exciting PowerPoint slides, along with a manual to give you everything you need for staff development, allowing you to customize sessions for parents or school boards. The manual contains background material with references as well as reproducible pages that can be used as handouts.

Challenging Common Core Math Lessons: Activities and Extensions for Gifted and Advanced Learners in Grade 3

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics are curriculum standards that describe the mathematics skills and concepts students need to develop for success in higher education and the 21st-century workplace. This book, the most recent curriculum unit from the Center for Gifted Education and written by Margaret Jess McKowen Patti, provides gifted and advanced learners challenging activities related to the CCSS for Mathematics. The 21 lessons cover mathematics content for grade 3, including operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in Base Ten, fractions, measurement and data, and geometry. Each lesson follows a predictable structure and includes a teacher page that outlines the CCSS and mathematical practices covered, estimated time, key terms, materials, and objectives; a challenging activity to allow students to explore the concepts in depth; practice problems; and an assessment similar to CCSS-based grade-level standardized assessments.

Challenging Common Core Math Lessons: Activities and Extensions for Gifted and Advanced Learners in Grade 4

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics are curriculum standards that describe the mathematics skills and concepts students need to develop for success in higher education and the 21st-century workplace. This book, the most recent curriculum unit from the Center for Gifted Education and written by Molly Bryan Talbot, provides gifted and advanced learners challenging activities related to the CCSS for Mathematics. The 24 lessons cover math content for grade 4, including operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in Base Ten, fractions, measurement and data, and geometry. Each lesson follows a predictable structure and includes a teacher page that outlines the CCSS and mathematical practices covered, estimated time, key terms, materials, and objectives; a challenging activity to allow students to explore the concepts in depth; practice problems; and an assessment similar to CCSS-based grade-level standardized assessments.

Changing Tomorrow 1: Leadership Curriculum for High-Ability Elementary Students

This book, for students in grades 4-5, offers instructional activities for high-ability elementary school students based on the Common Core State Standards that emphasize critical and creative thinking skills and gives gifted students an opportunity to apply these skills in an integrative and substantive way.

Changing Tomorrow 2: Leadership Curriculum for High-Ability Middle School Students

This book, for students in grades 6-8, offers instructional activities for high-ability middle school students based on the Common Core State Standards that emphasize critical and creative thinking skills and gives gifted students an opportunity to apply these skills in an integrative and substantive way.

Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners (3rd edition)

How can educators help a gifted student to excel? The quality and character of a school's curriculum is a vital ingredient to the eventual realization of a child's capacity. This book explains in detail how to organize a thoughtful curriculum to capture the interest and energy of our ablest young thinkers.

Content-Based Curriculum for High Ability Learners

Recognized gifted curriculum leader Joyce VanTassel-Baska covers acceleration, incorporating higher order process skills into content, concept development, and developing creative student products. Each chapter shows how the integrated curriculum model relates to curricular standards advanced by national organizations.

Curriculum Compacting: An Easy Start to Differentiating for High-Potential Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Curriculum compacting allows learners to move successfully through the curriculum at their own pace. This book focuses on the nuts and bolts of this effective method for differentiating classroom content, process skills, and creative products of gifted learners. In this concise introduction, Dr. Sally M. Reis and Joseph S. Renzulli discuss the research on curriculum compacting and the steps employed in implementing it in any classroom. Case studies of its effectiveness on schoolwide enrichment are also included.

Curriculum Development Kit for Gifted and Advanced Learners

The Curriculum Development Kit for Gifted and Advanced Learners offers exciting new approaches for teachers to differentiate instruction and provide a challenging curriculum that meets the needs of all students in the classroom. Developed by differentiated curriculum experts Sandra N. Kaplan and Michael W. Cannon, this kit is a time-saving tool for all teachers. The three types of curricular materials structured to promote the teaching and learning of the objectives found in the kit are lessons, catalyst cards, and curriculum grids.

Demystifying Differentiation in Middle School: Tools, Strategies and Activities to Use NOW

A book designed for middle school teachers who are interested in curriculum differentiation. Offers detailed lessons in over 35 topics, such as language arts, math, science, and social studies, covering four different teaching strategies.

Developing Leadership Potential in Gifted Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Written by Suzanne M. Bean, Ph.D., this book offers insight into developing leadership skills in gifted students and provides definitions and theories of leadership, looks at trends and changing paradigms, and suggests screening and identification tools for leadership as well as instructional programs and materials to incorporate into the regular curriculum.

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

This book offers a focused look at educating gifted and talented students for success in math. More than just a guidebook for educators and parents, this book offers a comprehensive approach to mathematics education for gifted students of elementary or middle school age. Click here to read a review of this book.

Developing Mathematically Promising Students

Comprises 34 contributions that, collectively, explore the possibilities for the recognition and nurturing of mathematically gifted students in grades K-12. Specific topics include the use of awards programs, the cultural challenge facing gifted girls, what teachers can learn from students' reasoning, international perspectives, the definition of talent, curricular strategies, and connecting parents to the schools.

Differentiated Activities and Assessments Using the Common Core Standards

This book show educators how to use differentiated curriculum, differentiated instruction, and differentiated assessment with the Common Core State Standards. The book includes over 50 topics in language arts, math, social studies, science, and interdisciplinary topics.

Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom

Written by Joan D'Amico and Kate Gallaway, this book offers teachers strategies on how to design and deliver instruction, measure success and get students to work together. Features ready to use language arts activitites that are tied to core curriculum standards.

Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom

Written by Joan D'Amico and Kate Gallaway, this book offers teachers strategies on how to design and deliver instruction, measure success and get students to work together. Features ready to use science activitites that are tied to core curriculum standards.

Differentiating for the Young Child: Teaching Strategies Across the Content Areas

Authors Joan Smutny and S. E. vom Fremd help educators meet the demands of curriculum standards for an increasingly diverse student population with this informative guide that includes forms, charts, samples, and appendices.

Differentiating Instruction A Practical Guide for Tiering Lessons for the Elementary Grades

Written by Cheryll M. Adams, Ph.D. and Rebecca L. Pierce, Ph.D., this easy-to-use, teacher-friendly book is a must-have for any educator wanting to differentiate instruction for the gifted or regular classroom. Differentiating instruction has become an integral part of classroom instruction, and tiering lessons is a practical, easy, and efficient way to ensure the various needs and learning levels of elementary students are met.

Differentiating Instruction in Algebra 1

This book provides ready-to-use resources for Algebra 1 students. It is divided into four units: introduction to functions and relationships; systems of linear equations; exponent rules and exponential functions; and quadratic functions.

Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners (Updated Anniversary Edition)

In this guide, Diane Heacox presents a menu of strategies for any teacher faced with a spectrum of student needs and styles. Some are quick and easy--differentiating discussions, creating tiered assignments. Others are more comprehensive--matrix plans for designing curriculum units, "one-sentence lesson plans" that encompass content, process skills, and evidence of learning.

Differentiating Instruction With Centers in the Gifted Classroom

Differentiating Instruction With Centers in the Gifted Classroom provides teachers with tons of ideas and guidance for creating unique classroom centers that will challenge gifted learners and encourage high-level, independent thinking. Implementing centers in the gifted classroom gives elementary and middle school teachers the opportunity to develop in-depth learning experiences on a variety of topics. The book discusses the use of centers in each content area, with suggestions from experts in the content areas and easy-to-implement lessons that go beyond the core curriculum.

Differentiation: Simplified, Realistic, and Effective

The focus of this book is to simplify the implementation of differentiation to increase its practice. Specific aids and examples are included because teachers found them particularly beneficial to simplify the planning and preparation process of differentiated instruction.

Electing the President: An Interactive Simulation on the Electoral Process

This book is a motivating, hands-on simulation that lets students experience the exciting process of electing the President and Vice President of the United States. As the two parties square off, students take on the roles of candidates, convention delegates, and members of the Electoral College. The book includes complete teacher instructions and all necessary student handouts to provide an easy-to-stage simulation that can be used with small or large groups.

Energizing Your Gifted Students' Creative Thinking & Imagination: Using Design Principles, Team Activities, and Invention Strategies

Stimulating Creativity through Using Design Principles, Team Activities, and Invention Strategies. About the Author -- Harry T. Roman is a Technology and Environmental Engineer. He is an unusual blend of writer, teacher, inventor and engineer, having achieved acclaim in all four categories. His freelance educational writing appears in Highlights for Children, TechDirections, Interface, Teaching K-8, and The Technology Teacher.

Enhancing and Expanding Gifted Programs: The Levels of Service Approach

This guidebook offers an innovative, field-tested approach to programming for gifted children. The "Levels of Service" approach to programming is a research-supported, common-sense technique to gifted education program development. This how-to manual for building an effective gifted program offers a four-level approach to gifted education services. Each level is thoroughly discussed, specific services are suggested, real-world examples are provided, and additional areas of development are discussed.

Enrichment Opportunities for Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Written by Julia L. Roberts, Ed.D. , this book offers an introduction to structuring enrichment activities that add depth and complexity to a gifted child's learning experience. From a mentorship with a local archaeologist, to a medieval festival, the opportunities for gifted learners to explore a topic in depth are too numerous to mention. This book shows teachers how to provide meaningful enrichment experiences for gifted students. It offers effective strategies for enriching the curriculum and creating in-depth learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Everyday Mathematics

The K-6 Everyday Mathematics curriculum encourages teachers and students to go beyond arithmetic--to explore more of the mathematics spectrum by investigating data gathering and analysis, probability, geometry, patterns and algebra. Mathematics is integrated into other subject areas and becomes part of the ongoing classroom routines, outdoor play and transitional moments.

Exploring Energy & Alternative Energy Technologies and Issues: Resource Guide for the Gifted Middle and High School Classroom

This book is a comprehensive resource on energy conservation and consumption. It is specifically written for use in the gifted classroom.

Five in a Row

The three volumes of the Five in a Row curriculum provide 55 lesson plans covering social studies, language, art, applied math and science. Designed for a homeschool setting, these lessons would also be appropriate in a conventional school. Although the original Five in a Row was designed for children ages 4 to 8, families of profoundly gifted children will find these guides more appropriate for the preschool years. The accompanying Five in a Row website offers sample lessons, an online newsletter, and curriculum user discussion boards.

Free Resources for Elementary Teachers

This book contains free and almost free lesson plans, samples, curriculum, background information teachers can use in preparing lessons, ebooks, virtual field trips, webquests, and more. It provides educators with an easy-to-use guide for scoring these materials for their own classrooms.

From the Land of Enchantment: Creative Teaching with Fairy Tales

In this book, educators will find a wealth of ideas, curriculum resources, and teaching techniques that promote multiple intelligences, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and problem-and product-based learning. Author Jerry Flack shows teachers how to use fairy tales with a variety of effective teaching strategies and engaging activities, such as making books, writing and editing newspapers, and creating a classroom museum. Versatile and easy to implement, these strategies can be used in a variety of settings.

Gifted Students in Primary Schools: Differentiating the Curriculum

Authors Miraca Gross, Bronwyn MacLeod, Diana Drummond and Caroline Merrick deliver an informative resource assisting teachers in developing curriculum enriching activities.

Gifted Students in Secondary Schools: Differentiating the Curriculum

The authors of this book, Miraca Gross, Bronwyn MacLeod and Marilyn Pretorius, offer direct and practical assistance in differentiating the secondary school syllabus to extend and challenge students talented in specific areas, developing your own curriculum units for gifted students, understanding the characteristics and needs of gifted and talented students. These curriculum ideas can be easily adapted to your own needs.

Growing Good Kids: 28 Activities to Enhance Self-Awareness, Compassion and Leadership

Created by teachers and classroom-tested, these fun and meaningful enrichment activities for grades 3-8 build children's skills in problem solving, decision making, cooperative learning, divergent thinking, and communication while promoting self-awareness, tolerance, character development, and service.

Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education

This in-depth textbook, edited by Dixon and Moon, helps educators interested in building effective and comprehensive educational programs for gifted students. Each chapter is written by a leading scholar that researches in the field. Topics include: understanding the gifted adolescent, adolescent issues, instruction and programming options, teacher education and professional development. Click here to read a review of this book. The second edition includes sections on STEM, CCSS alignment, and 21st-century skills, along with discussion of working with secondary students in various content areas. The purpose of the book is to provide a research-based handbook that views gifted adolescents and their needs as the starting point for building an effective, integrated educational program.

High-Tech Teaching Success! A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Innovative Technology in Your Classroom

High-Tech Teaching Success! A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Innovative Technology in Your Classroom gives classroom teachers exactly what they're looking for: advice from technology education experts on how the latest tools and software can be implemented into lesson plans to create differentiated, exciting curriculum for all learners.

Independent Study for Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Allow your gifted students to study a high-interest topic with depth and complexity. Written by Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D. and Krystal Goree, this book offers the advice you need to help your gifted students explore important content and show their learning in creative and innovative ways. From selecting a topic, to using innovative research strategies, to reporting results in an interesting way, this book shows you how to help your students succeed at independent study.

Inventions and Inventing for Gifted Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Applying creative thinking skills and a knowledge of a field of study to create exciting inventions is at the heart of the inventing process. This guide by Thomas P. Hebert, Ph.D. offers a practical introduction to the inventing process: getting students interesting in inventing, teaching the inventing process, patenting new product ideas, participating in inventions conventions and competitions, and an extensive listing of print and Web-based resources.

Jackdaws Curriculum Guides

Jackdaws are a series of curriculum guides for eras in American and world history, accompanied by primary source historical documents. For students (and homeschooling families) who prefer to work from primary sources, like the accurate "look" of history, and find a curriculum guide helpful, the Jackdaws will lend a "you are there" perspective to the study of history.

KONOS Character Curriculum

The KONOS Character Curriculum is a multi-level, K-8 curriculum guide which allows a homeschooling parent to teach several ages of children from the same materials. The units are designed around desirable character traits, and incorporate many elements appropriate for gifted pupils, including an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum, challenging hands-on projects, enrichment suggestions, and the possibility of placing a child at accelerated or varied levels within the curriculum. A nondenominational Christian curriculum, this program was originally designed for Mrs. Hulcy's own highly gifted children.

Lessons From the Middle: High-End Learning for Middle School Students

In addition to the 12 model lessons provided, this book from Sandra Kaplan and Michael Cannon, includes a step-by-step guide to developing lessons that emphasize depth and complexity. All of the materials focus on ways to align the middle school curriculum wtih established national standards and offer strategies to evaluate learner achievement.

Literacy Through the Book Arts

This curriculum guide offers instruction on how to interrelate words, illustration, and design through simple book making activities. Starting with the concertina book, Paul Johnson demonstrates that the creation of simple books is a powerful (and fun!) medium for developing writing skills.

Methods and Materials for teaching the gifted (4th ed.)

The updated fourth edition of this book is an excellent introduction to gifted education and real-world learning. The chapters of this comprehensive textbook are written by respected leaders in the field of gifted education who review the unique needs of gifted learners and give current information on instructional planning and evaluation, strategies for best practices, and ongoing enhancement and support of gifted programs. Chapters include topics such as differentiated curricular design, extending learning through research, writing challenging instructional units, and developing leadership skills and innovative thinkers. Instructional practices such as problem-based learning, technology literacy, independent study, simulation and gaming, and more are addressed. A special focus is given to using the Gifted Education Programming Standards and Common Core State Standards. The fourth edition provides updated information on funding sources and public relations strategies for gifted education programs. It also includes updated lists of books, teaching materials, websites, and other resources for teachers of the gifted.

Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in School

Inspired by the popular mindset idea that hard work and effort can lead to success, the author of Mindsets in the Classroom, Mary Cay Ricci, provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential. This book includes a planning template, step-by-step description of a growth mindset culture, and “look-fors” for adopting a differentiated, responsive instruction model teachers can use immediately in their classrooms. It also highlights the importance of critical thinking and teaching students to learn from failure. The book includes a sample professional development plan and ideas for communicating the mindset concept to parents.

Modern Curriculum for Gifted and Advanced Academic Students

This book addresses the need for advanced curriculum design in an age of national standards and 21st-century learning innovations. It includes chapters articulating specific design components like creative thinking, critical thinking, and authentic research, but also subject-specific chapters in mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies to demonstrate application of those design components.

More Units of Instruction for Gifted Learners

In this book developed by veteran gifted educators, Constance Simons, Sonia Hood, Murray Peters, Cindy Sheets, Telia Gilcrest and Carissa Wiedle, introduces five new units of instruction. Students in grades 2-7 will enjoy experimenting with static electricity; exploring the properties of rocks, gems and minerals; creating and presenting advertising campaigns; and investigating and taking action on real-world issues.

Nebel's Elementary Education: Creating a Tapestry of Learning

This book (450 pages) contains approaches and actual subject matter for delivering a superior K-5 education. It describes not only WHAT to teach, but also HOW to teach it using hundreds of hands-on activities, and much more.

Order in the Court - A Mock Trial Simulation

Order in the Court: A Mock Trial Simulation gives students the opportunity to conduct a trial based on a classic fairytale in order to develop their courtroom skills. After developing the necessary vocabulary, students participate in the trial of Ms. Petunia Pig v. Mr. B. B. Wolf. Students not only learn the concepts, but they also learn valuable teamwork and time management skills. Designed for students grades 6-8, the unit culminates in a full mock-trial enactment.

Packaging and the Environment

The MESA Series combines essential pre-algebra topics with exciting hands-on science explorations to motivate students in both mathematics and science. This book for ages 4-8 uses materials and group collaboration to solve open-ended problems. Students make connections between classroom and real-world mathematics and science. These easy-to-use Teacher Resource Books include activity overviews, background information, reproducible activity masters, and assessment strategies.

Primary Education Thinking Skills

This book contains a year's worth of curriculum, designed for first or second grade students. The group lessons practice and reinforce high level thinking skills. The lesson plans also help identify students who excel in higher level skills for small group lessons.

Primary Grade Challenge Math

For grades 1-4, this book offers material that goes beyond calculation skills for children who enter the primary grades already knowing basic concepts. This curriculum allows parents and teachers to instill a deeper level of mathematical understanding and thinking skills in young children while nurturing a love of mathematics.

Programs and Services for Gifted Secondary Students: A Guide to Recommended Practices

Written by Felicia A. Dixon, Ph.D., this book is designed to be a reference for service and program options for practitioners, administrators, and coordinators of gifted education programs. As such, it is a companion to the lengthier and more in-depth The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education. The first part focuses on the gifted adolescent, including suggestions for academic, personal/social, and career exploration best practices. The second part explicates programmatic offerings available for gifted secondary students, such as AP and IB programming, distance learning, magnet and other special schools, study abroad, and early entrance to college options. The final section moves the discussion from “what is” to “what could be” for high-ability adolescents.

Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom

This book makes the case that project-based learning is ideal for the gifted classroom, focusing on student choice, teacher responsibility, and opportunities for differentiation. The book guides teachers to create a project-based learning environment in their own classroom, walking them step-by-step through topics and processes such as linking projects with standards, finding the right structure, and creating a practical classroom environment. Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students also provides helpful examples and lessons that all teachers can use to get started.

Ready-to-Use Differentiation Strategies - Grades 6-8

Ready-to-Use Differentiation Strategies introduces various activities and strategies that can be implemented in any content area in grades 6–8. Each differentiation strategy encourages higher level thinking and intellectual risk taking while accommodating different learning styles. This book also provides templates that can be used to develop new lessons using each strategy. Designed for students grades 6-8, Ready-to-Use Differentiation Strategies provides an easy-to-use way to begin differentiating for all students in the classroom.

Reflections on Gifted Education: Critical Works by Joseph S. Renzulli and Colleagues

In this book, more than 40 years of research and development are highlighted in a collection of articles published by Joseph S. Renzulli and his colleagues. Renzulli's work has had an impact on gifted education and enrichment pedagogy across the globe, based on the general theme of the need to apply more flexible approaches to identifying and developing giftedness and talents in young people. This collection of articles and chapters has strong foundational research support focusing on practical applications that teachers can use to create and differentiate learning and enrichment experiences for high potential and gifted and talented students.

Researching All Learners: Making Differentiation Work

This book provides research-based strategies, instructional responses to the way students' brains learn best, successful guidelines to effectively manage the learning environment, and a teaching palette of 40 strategies for differentiating instruction.

Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings

This book provides a framework for educating the gifted in rural settings. Case study vignettes and practical ideas for administrators and teachers are combined with theoretical applications. The book helps bridge the gap existing between rural education and accessible, effective gifted education.

Social-Emotional Curriculum With Gifted and Talented Students (The Critical Issues in Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education Series)

Written by Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Ed.D., Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D. and F. Richard Olenchak, Ph.D., this book by provides a thorough introduction to methods for developing social-emotional curricula for use with gifted and talented learners in the school setting. It covers theories to guide affective curricula, the needs of minority students, models to develop social-emotional curricula, tips for counseling gifted students, and strategies to promote the social-emotional needs of gifted students, along with discussions of suicide prevention among this population, the use of bibliotherapy and discussion groups, and the teacher-counselor connection in affective curricula.

Solar Power, Fuel Cells, Wind Power and Other Important Environmental Studies for Upper Elementary and Middle School Gifted Students and Their Teachers: Technology, Problem-Solving and Invention Guide

The Fourteen Enriched Chapters in Harry's book are designed to stimulate the Imaginations and Problem-Solving Skills of gifted students. The chapters are: Solving Problems: A Quick Reflection; About Technology Education; Technology - History - Economy - Society Connection; Building Critical Career Skills While Still in School; Solar Power: Here Comes the Sun; Fuel Cells: An Exciting, New, Clean Energy Option; Wind Power: The Fastest Growing Alternate Energy Technology; Archaeological Investigations of Garbage; Organizational Skills: Teaching Timelines; Creative Communications: A Portal to Invention; The Internet: You Ain't Seen "Nuttin" Yet; Creative Makeovers in Your School; More Communications "Stuff"; Edison's Hands: Study of a Genius of Technology and Invention.

Spectra Program: Learning to Look and Create

This combined studio art/art history program provides lesson plans, and background materials for those who want a structured, interdisciplinary art and art history curriculum. Developmentally appropriate, but challenging activities are included for each grade level. Each grade level's materials comes in a large three-ring binder. Supplementary art prints and slides are also available. These curriculum guides were designed with public school teachers in mind, but could easily be adapted to a homeschooling or co-op setting.

STEAM Education for Gifted Students! Upper Elementary Through Secondary Levels: Combining Communication and Language Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Harry Roman presents detailed lessons for integrating STEM Education with Communication and Language Arts. Some examples of lessons are: Critical Workplace Skills, Writing Away to Companies, Technology Reporting, Invention and Communications, Writing an Operating Manual, What Makes a Good Oral Presentation?, A Technical Paper, and The Teacher as Communicator. The book also contains sections for teachers to record their Notes, Ideas and Reflections.

STEM Education for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programming

This book focuses on the rigorous articulation of quality STEM education programming to develop STEM talent among high-ability and gifted learners. The intent is to provide a comprehensive resource for educators designing and implementing each of the supports within STEM education by providing a discussion of each critical component for inclusion in a planned, coherent, and high-quality sequenced system.

STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education for Gifted Students: Designing a Powerful Approach to Real-World Problem Solving for Gifted

Harry Roman's book discusses Planning and Implementing STEM Education Programs for Gifted Students. This is an Essential Book for Parents and Educators which contains many specific suggestions for use by teachers of the gifted in presenting an integrated STEM program. The book covers numerous topics such as the roots of STEM, the study of engineering, importance of math and math activities for the gifted, employee skills, creativity & imagination in the lab, STEM challenge problems, technology education, and applications to the business world.

Strategies for Differentiating Instruction: Best Practices for the Classroom

This book from Julia L. Roberts, Ed.D. and Tracy F. Inman offers practical strategies that allow all students to learn at appropriately challenging levels and make continuous progress by focusing on their various levels of knowledge and their willingness to learn. The third edition includes strategies for Common Core State Standards alignment plus new Developing and Assessing Products (DAP) tools.

Teaching Culturally Diverse Gifted Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Written by Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D. and H. Richard Milner, Ph.D., this guide offers practical advice for building gifted education programs that serve a rich diversity of students. This book features an overview of multicultural gifted education, effective teaching strategies and best practices that support a diverse population of students, and an effective model for building a diverse, successful gifted program. The book also includes a sample curriculum and an extensive listing of print and Web-based recommended resources.

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom

This edition reflects the author's personal experiences and the changes that have taken place in education over the years. Susan Winebrenner's basic philosophy hasn't changed, and all of the proven, practical, classroom-tested strategies teachers love are still here. But there's now an entire chapter on identifying gifted students. The step-by-step how-tos for using the strategies are more detailed and user-friendly. There's a new chapter especially for parents.

The Challenges of Educating the Gifted in Rural Areas (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

It is only natural to ask how best to maintain a quality educational program in remote areas where funding is limited by lower population numbers and recruiting experienced teachers is problematic. This book by Joan D. Lewis, Ph.D. addresses the challenges and benefits of rural schools, shares how to adapt traditional gifted education programs for rural settings, and identifies and examines the components of a workable, successful collaboration among school administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other supporters from the community.

The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology

The Complete Home Learning Sourcebook provides parents and teachers with information on all the resources needed to plan a well-balanced curriculum for the home or the classroom, from preschool through high school. The Complete Home Learning Sourcebook not only covers basic academic subjects but also addresses diverse interests. Thorough and up-to-date, this invaluable resource reviews all possible learning tools.

The NEW RtI: Response to Intelligence

This book provides practical advise for instructors who are looking to successfully incorporate students of all skill levels into their classroom. The book advocates for gifted children while supporting the concept that all children on the learning continuum grow and continue to learn.

The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Learners

This handbook is a great resource for educators and parents. Authors Tomlinson, Kaplan, Renzulli, Purcell, Leppien, Burns, have given a new outlook on developing curriculum and instruction for gifted students by presenting heavyweight curriculum by well known leaders in gifted education.

The Ultimate Guide for Student Product Development & Evaluation

From animations to WebQuests, this book's second edition by Frances A. Karnes, Ph.D. and Kristen R. Stephens, Ph.D. features all new products that promote the development of 21st-century skills in students. This new edition discusses how the skills and content gained from the development of products can be aligned with state and national standards. A special section is dedicated to how teachers can nurture the habits of the mind necessary for successful product completion. This book offers a step-by-step introduction to using creative projects in your classroom confidently.

The Ultimate Guide to Internet Resources for Teachers of Gifted Students

With this book, educators gain a detailed overview of how they can use the Internet to teach new information, extend students’ learning, and offer exciting opportunities for differentiation. The authors discuss the many ways in which Internet resources might be used and provide tips on connecting with experts and peers, conducting responsible research, evaluating websites and more.

The Writing Menu

This article provides gifted teachers advice on planning writing menus.

Using Media & Technology With Gifted Learners (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Gifted students are particularly skilled at becoming technologically literate and solving problems in creative ways using technology. From computers and the Internet, to video and sound editing software, to new research tools, education for gifted children in the 21st century offers exciting opportunities. Let this book by Del Siegle, Ph.D. show you how to incorporate these technologies in your classroom.

Using the Next Generation Science Standards with Gifted and Advanced Learners

By authors Cheryll M. Adams Ph.D., Alicia Cotabish Ed.D., Mary Cay Ricci, this book provides teachers and administrators examples and strategies to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with gifted and advanced learners at all stages of development in K–12 schools. The book describes—and demonstrates with specific examples from the NGSS—what effective differentiated activities in science look like for high-ability learners. It shares how educators can provide rigor within the new standards to allow students to demonstrate higher level thinking, reasoning, problem solving, passion, and inventiveness in science.

We Care, A Preschool Curriculum for Children Ages 2-5

This book by Bertie Kingore and Glenda Higbee contains 30 units of study organized into nine monthly sections, each unit includes hundreds of activities in multiple curriculum areas, and all units have been classroom tested. It provides a well-balanced curriculum in an easy-to-follow organizational format and has been proven to have effective content for two through five year olds. This book can be a tool to enrich each child's educational opportunities.

What's Your Opinion?: An Interactive Discovery-Based Language Arts Unit for High-Ability Learners

This book, What's Your Opinion?: An Interactive Discovery-Based Language Arts Unit for High-Ability Learners, uses debate to extend students' abilities to analyze and interpret informational texts, strengthen students' reading strategies and fluency, and help students develop persuasive speaking and writing skills.

When Gifted Students Underachieve: What You Can Do About It (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Sylvia Rimm, Ph.D., one of the leading experts in the underachievement of gifted students, looks at the various causes of underachievement, discusses the characteristics of gifted underachievers, and provides educators with solid advice on combating underachievement in this population. This guide offers guidance for understanding the pressures students face in school and at home, motivating students for success, adjusting curriculum to engage these students, improving the self-concept of students, and working with parents to reverse the patterns of underperformance.

Wordly Wise (Book Series)

These books teach vocabulary by giving students words to read in context, to write in sentences, and to recognize their meaning in exercises. More than 3,000 different vocabulary words are introduced and taught in a series of nine books of increasing difficulties. Words are drawn from literature, textbooks, and SAT-I vocabulary lists.

Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction

This is a comprehensive curriculum guide for developmental word study. This phenomenon in word study has always been extremely popular for its developmental approach and hands-on methods for teaching children phonics, vocabulary, and spelling skills. The revision offers a new laser sharp focus on assessment, organization for word study, research, and teacher-friendly word sorts and games.

Writing Strands

This series by Dave Marks is a complete writing program using a process approach to writing and composition assuring continuity and control. It has been written specifically for homeschoolers. The author has created manuals for the parent and/or student to use, depending on the level, suggesting the typical number of days to spend on each assignment. The author has also created manuals to teach fiction and interpersonal relationship skills, as well as to evaluate writing.

Printed Materials: Online Documents

Steam-Powered Classroom: Resources for the Creative Educator Guidebook

Written by a part-time children’s librarian and homeschool mom, this booklet contains lists of her favorite books and online resources, with tips on cross-referencing and putting together a fun learning unit—all with no textbook in sight.

Schools & Programs: College Affiliated

Open Yale Courses - Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript format. Registration is not required and no course credit is available.

Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth - Teaching for Talent & The Tennessee Employment Standard (Nashville, TN)

This two-week session explores the nature and needs of academically gifted learners and evidence-supported models for adapting curriculum and instruction to meet those needs in Tennessee. Each day will encompass meaningful learning experiences, lectures from national experts in gifted education, and opportunities to interact with other education professionals.

Vanderbilt Program for Talented Youth - Vanderbilt Gifted Education Institute (Nashville, TN)

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth offers professional development opportunities designed to help educators better serve and support high-ability students.

Schools & Programs: Public

Detroit Greek and Latin (DGL) - Detroit, MI

Located in Michigan and Montana, Detroit Greek and Latin (DGL) is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit dedicated to offering Greater Detroit area students the opportunity to learn Ancient Greek and Latin. Online courses serve remote and home-school students. DGL in Glacier National Park (MT) offers a summer intensive courses — Greek in Glacier. In addition, DGL works with administrators, teachers, and parents to fortify existing Latin programs, and to increase the rigor of classics and language arts curricula. Enrollment in DGL pre-collegiate Greek and Latin courses is by application only. Parents wishing their children to enroll in DGL courses should seek the nomination by a teacher, a school Principal or Department Head.

Websites & Other Media: Commercial

A. W. Peller & Associates, Inc.

This comprehensive print and online catalogue of gifted and talented educational materials includes books, kits, videos, posters, games and software. Great for educators hoping to provide a differentiated curriculum, and homeschoolers or any parents of gifted and talented children.

Bertie Kingore, Ph.D.

This site has several classroom learning experiences, a substantial list of links to websites that address different areas of education and instruction, classroom activities that accompany different titles of children's literature, and some of Bertie Kingore's recently published articles from different magazines and journals that address current topics and issues in education.

Critical Thinking Books and Software

With over 25 years of experience, this company specializes is curriculum that requires deeper analysis to help children build critical thinking skills in reading, writing, math, science and US history. In addition, there are three catalogs are available from this company: The Classroom Educator catalog, the Parent catalog, and the Homeschool catalog.

Didax Educational Resources

This organization specializes in helping educators to address individual learning styles and diverse student needs. Each year they introduce numerous innovative hands-on, print, and software tools to help make teachers more successful.

Discovery Education

The Discovery Education website is composed of three different sub-sections - Discovery School, unitedstreaming, and Discovery Health Connection. The Discovery School offers free teaching tools, more than 750 videos, DVD's, learning books and teaching tools that can be purchased in their online store. One of these teaching tools is Discovery Health Connection, which features more than 5,000 videos to teach children about health education and the body. Unitedstreaming allows homeschooling parents and educators the ability to choose from 4,000 quality media streaming videos to teach about various areas, such as math, science, and social sciences.

Dr. Roger Taylor presents Curriculum Design Online

This online curriculum resource was developed by Dr. T. Roger Taylor. In his 35 years as a classroom teacher, administrator, professor and internationally-known educational consultant, Dr. Taylor has authored/co-authored more than 5,000 integrated, interdisciplinary thematic curriculum units. The units are written based on the AHA (Analyzing Human Activities) model created by Dr. Taylor. This unique model includes specific application of the most recent brain research, multiple intelligences and constructivist hands-on project-centered learning in alignment with state defined benchmarks and standards.

Enchanted Learning

This online curriculum resource is filled with learning opportunities for grades PK - 4. There are worksheets, games, information, jokes, printouts, craft ideas and more about many topics.


Exemplars offers differentiated, classroom-tested, standards-based assessment and instruction materials. Exemplars pioneered the field of providing performance assessment tasks that meet national standards to improve assessment AND instruction.


This website and online store has science books for parents and students trying to find ideas for science projects; for teachers looking for classroom ideas; for science enthusiasts who enjoy the delight of experimentation. Enjoy and learn about the amazing world of science with this database of more than 300 fun, tried and tested science projects. Experiland offers hands-on science projects in a variety of science experiment e-book ranges suitable and safe for elementary and middle school students.

Follett Educational Services

Follett Educational Services is the world’s largest provider of pre-owned textbooks and instructional materials. They carry a wide selection of quality pre-owned textbooks from all major publishers.

Glencoe Literature: Literature Library

This online curriculum retailer features an alphabetical list of classic novels developed into literature study packages. They provide a brief description of each book, a downloadable study guide and a list of related readings that include poems, articles, essays and short stories.

Homeschool Learning Network

This online K-12 curriculum service allows home educators and teachers to access thousands of unit studies, lesson plans, and worksheets. The website also allows educators to communicate and interact with each other.


This website was built to make human connections between language learners and language teachers. Italki now has a global community of over a million language learners and more than a thousand language teachers, studying over a hundred languages. Hundreds of thousands of paid language lessons have taken place on italki, and every day, more and more students and teachers are discovering how quickly they can learn with personal online lessons. Inc. is the leading multi-channel software marketer to the K-12 and post-secondary academic markets, which include students, faculty, staff, educational institutions and public school districts. Inc. was founded in 1990 and is based in Plano, Texas. Their Academic eStore Network ("AEN") which includes more than 25,000 online eStores, offers thousands of market-leading software and technology products, including those published by Microsoft and Adobe.

Key Curriculum Press and Geometer’s Sketchpad®

Key Curriculum Press, now known as Geometer’s Sketchpad®, offers a wide variety of resources for middle and high School math and science including: supplemental materials, puzzles and posters, professional resources, software, and textbooks. allows K-8 teachers to integrate technology with their lessons.


This is a place for parents to find information, activities, and many other resources to help support childrens' education.

PCS EdVentures

PCS Edventures (PCSV) is a company with over 20 years of experience in experiential education focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) as well as the acquisition of critical thinking, communications, and problem solving skills. PCS re-entered the learning center industry with an expansion of PCS STEM centers nationwide. The rejuvenated PCS EdventuresLab program has shown rapid growth as educators connect with students in an atmosphere specifically designed to foster learning. The Girls Can Build ™ kit is a product that encourages young women to develop an interest in engineering, science, and math. Every year, PCS continues to look for ways to empower K-12 students of every demographic to engage in the course of their education.

Pieces of Learning

Pieces of Learning staff, with expertise in Differentiation, Standards-Based Teaching Activities, Assessment, Underachievement, and Gifted and Talented Education, publish supplemental Activity Books to improve student thinking and questioning skills, encourage creativity in the language arts, promote critical thinking in math and science, explore character education, present research skills and provide enrichment in social studies. Teacher Resource book topics include differentiation, assessment, achievement, motivation, and teaching strategies.

Rainbow Resource Center is a family owned, on-line store, with catalogue, for homeschoolers everywhere. Our mission is to provide quality educational materials to home school families and private schools. Their hefty catalog (396 pages) is full of educational supplies, spanning all academic areas, plus more. There are many, many resources for each subject area, science supplies and kits, arts and crafts supplies, educational games, etc.

RHL School

This website provides educators ready-to-use worksheets for teaching, reinforcement, and review. These worksheets can serve as the basis for lessons.

Riverdeep Interactive Learning

Riverdeep is a premier provider of comprehensive K-12 e-Learning solutions offering comprehensive courseware and supplemental curricula over the Internet and CD-ROM, assessment and management tools, and professional development. Riverdeep courseware and supplemental curricula is educationally sound and continually tested in school classrooms for effectiveness by our education team. Students can learn, practice, and apply basic to advanced skills and concepts integral to educational success.

Sonlight Curriculum

Sonlight Curriculum is more than a company or a curriculum. It is a community as well. Sonlight offers products to effectively teach homeschoolers including instructor's guides, student activity sheets and study guides. Purchases can be made through the online catalog, or a printed catalog can be requested.

Veritas Press

Veritas Press offers an online catalog filled with teaching materials for secular teaching. Their catalog provides "Christian educators in the home and school setting with quality tools for a quality education."

Well-Trained Mind

The website is full of helpful information for those considering or using a classical approach to homeschooling (and also for public and private schools using a classical curriculum). Includes bulletin boards; sample chapters and resource lists; handouts from conference presentations; a classical curriculum review index; basic information about homeschooling; and links to educational materials and curriculum sites for classical education.

Zephyr Press

This company offers high-quality resources for exceptional educators. Zephyr Press (publisher of this website) publishes education resources for teachers that help them better understand how kids learn and how they can be more effective in the classroom, focusing on gifted education and the latest research on multiple intelligences and brain-compatible learning.

Websites & Other Media: For Educators

ArtsEdge (Washington, DC)

ArtEdge is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.


Authorware is a high end educational authoring program that allows one to create educational materials on any subject. In Authorware, one can take any subject, create interactive informational segments using a flow chart interface. One can even create quizzes and track progress on those using the product created in Authorware.


This online teaching tool uses material from the United States National Archives. The website allows users to find and create interactive learning activities with primary-source documents that promote historical thinking skills. The website also endeavors to teach students about working with primary sources.


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.

Google Web Search - Classroom Lessons and Resources

Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students - and we've heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom. The following Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers to help you do just that. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions.

This website is amazing! It offers AP quizzes and a lot of different history options. This website fits into many different categories. For educators, parents, students, for fun, etc.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Accelerated Model Course Pathways

This resource offers guidance to schools and districts seeking to organize NGSS performance expectations into a compressed time frame. The NGSS Accelerated Model Course Pathways are designed for high-achieving students who want or need to pursue advanced level science courses earlier in middle or high school, and at a more rapid pace. Key components of this resource are three NGSS Accelerated Model Course Maps, which outline examples for how schools and districts might reorganize NGSS performance expectations into fewer courses - without omitting any.

NOVA Education - Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

NOVA Education tailors NOVA's digital resources for educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics including life science, earth and space science, and physical science. The free educator library is produced according to teaching standards and includes videos, audio segments, lesson plans, and interactives designed to facilitate effective classroom integration.

Renzulli Learning Systems

The Renzulli Learning Differentiation Engine puts students in touch with engaging, individualized resources specially chosen for their interest areas and learning styles.

Teachers Pay Teachers

This website is an open marketplace where teachers buy and sell original teaching materials. It's mission is to make teachers' lives easier by bringing together those who create curricula with those who are seeking fresh new approaches in the classroom.

The Differentiated Classroom: DVD Series

These ASCD videos, based on the updated second edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson's The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, show educators practical, real-world examples from experienced K-5 and high school teachers of how to divide time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests.

The Teacher's Corner - Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans

This website offers resources for teachers including: lessong plans, thematic units and printable worksheets.

Websites & Other Media: Informational


Byrdseed is a place dedicated to differentiating instruction for high-level learners. Learn new ideas, share what you know, and grow as an educator.

Chem Collective at Carnegie Mellon University

The Chemistry Collective is a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, and concepts tests which can be incorporated into a variety of teaching approaches as pre-labs, alternatives to textbook homework, and in-class activities for individuals or teams. It is organized by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon University for college and high school teachers who are interested in using, assessing, and/or creating engaging online activities for chemistry education.

Concept Development Units - National Security Agency (NSA)

This online curriculum resource feature a collection of math- and science-related curricula developed by teachers attending the National Security Agency's Summer Institutes for Mathematics Teachers and Summer Institutes for Elementary School Teachers. Each curriculum includes detailed lesson plans, activites and worksheets. Topics cover topics from geometry to the Internet to Number Theory, and the units are revised and updated to ensure their efficacy and usability.


This website, a division of MarcoPolo, is a great resource for K-12 economics teachers and their students. It's features include: Internet-based lesson materials; Cyberteach, a guide to teaching economics using the Internet; an updated current events page; and up-to-date macroecomics information. There are also links to other economics pages and access to the EconEd newletter.

EdGate Special Education and Gifted Center

This website is home to EdGate’s Special and Gifted Education Center. It is organized to help find relevant resources on every topic associated with special education and gifted and talented education. Resources include lesson plans, article information and links.


This free curriculum website provides educators with lesson plans and web links for the humanities, including: arts and culture; literature and language arts; foreign languages; and, history and social studies. This site is a valuable resource for educators looking for creative ways to better teach the humanities. This educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to the classroom.

Education World

This website targeted at the K-12 education community features a collection of teaching materials, curricula and free downloads. The database has many good links to internet resources on almost every school subject. There are daily updates of current resources of educational interest and sources on building lesson plans, curriculum development. The site is affiliated with Education World magazine.

eGFI (Engineering, Go For It!)

eGFI seeks to identify and gather in one place the most effective engineering education resources available to the K-12 community. From comprehensive data on outreach programs to profiles of “cool” engineers to hundreds of links and readings related to engineering education, eGFI offers useful, easily accessible materials specifically tailored to students’ and educators’ interests.

This website provides a variety of services to help potential online and distance learners find out about e-Learning and select the best courses, programs and degrees for their needs. eLearners DOES NOT PROVIDE THE COURSES - they simply point you to a wide variety of learning providers, and try to give you enough information about online learning to narrow your choices and make an informed decision.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Students for the Environment

This section of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website contains activities for K-12 students, homework resources, ideas for school projects, science fair and community service projects, awards adn contests. For teachers and parents, the site includes lesson plans, teacher guides, publications and online resources.

This website, which is non-profit, was created with the idea of providing easy to navigate resources for parents and educators of gifted and creative children.

Exworthy Educational Resources

This website has an array of educational resources, including lesson plans, teacher resources, homework links, critical thinking activities and specific subjects of study.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)

More than 30 federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is this FREE website.

Gifted Education - A Resource Guide for Teachers

This webpage is a resource guide for teachers, including information about gifted students, how to identify gifted students, how to work with gifted students, and additional resources. Also, parents may find it useful in working with educators.

Homeschooling at Sassafrass Grove

This online curriculum resource offers unit studies and links to more than 300 unit studies for homeschoolers. Most are complete with curriculum goals and objectives, lists of required materials and readings, and evaluation procedures.

Houghton Mifflin Education Place

This website provides students, teachers and parents with a number of useful social studies, math, science and language arts activities and resources. Education Place has something for everyone: teachers and parents can access information on state resources, textbook support, and receive newsletters; the kids' section contains many games and fun, educational activities. The site's resources are geared for students in grades K-8 and those who interact with them.

Jump$tart - Financial Smarts For Students

Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making. Jump$tart’s online Clearinghouse is the nation’s most comprehensive collection of financial education resources suitable for students in pre-kindergarten through college. The website also contains a map and database listing each state's financial education requirements.

K12 - Online courses, online school, homeschooling

In many states, K12 Inc.’s inspired curriculum is available to families at no cost through virtual public schools and distance-learning programs. These are not tutoring programs — they’re full-time, tuition-free, public schools using K12 Inc.’s award-winning curriculum. K12 has partnered with these schools in the belief that all kinds of kids — from gifted children, to those needing a more flexible pace than what is possible in a traditional school — can achieve mastery of the key concepts and skills they need to succeed. It is this mastery that allows children to reach their personal potential.

Learning to Multiply -

On this site, teachers and parents will find resources about about teaching mathematics. T2T grew out of the Ask Dr. Math® service and can be best described as a peer-mentored question-and-answer service.

Library of Congress - For Teachers

This online curriculum resource offers teachers (or homeschoolers) everything they need to take advantage of the Library of Congress's more than 7 million online resources. The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach history and culture. It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum.

NASA - For Educators

This section of the NASA website is dedicated to educators. Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword. These lesson plans and teaching materials support a STEM curriculum. Also, browse STEM-related professional development opportunities, webinars, workshops, and ways for educators and their students to get involved with NASA.

Penguin Group - Academic Services

This online curriculum by Pengiun Books offers guides for teaching literature to students. The list includes guides for a variety of literature and provides background information on the piece/author, discussions of the elements of literature, activities, questions, resources and some even include recipes and interviews with the authors.

Project 2061

This website by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science is based on the initiative to advance literacy in science, mathematics and technology. Featured are sections on Curriculum Materials; Testing & Assessment; Research on Teaching & Learning; and Family & Community. It includes an array of resources such as curriculum and textbook evaluations, article links, and suggestions for reform.

Project M3

Project M3, Mentoring Mathematical Minds, was a 5-year collaborative research effort of faculty at the University of Connecticut, Northern Kentucky University, and Boston University and teachers, administrators, and students in 10 schools of varying socioeconomic levels in Connecticut and Kentucky. A team of national experts in the fields of mathematics, mathematics education, and gifted education created a total of 12 curriculum units of advanced mathematics. This website, maintained by the University of Connecticut, provide smathematics education through a series of online learning units geared toward educators, students and parents.


This website provides information on how to locate individualized education programs (IEPs) for children with special needs, and offers an article database, special needs education resources, as well as a newsletter and links. There are additional services for paying members, such as personalzied IEP assessments.

STEAM-Powered Classroom

This website provides a number of resources for homeschoolers and educators. It’s emphasis is student-led, project-based learning in a hybrid (both home- and public-school) environment.

STEMworks Database

Change the Equation (CTEq) is proud to host the STEMworks database of programs that deepen young people's learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Visitors can search the database by: Program Content Areas and Types, Target Audiences, Grade Levels, Program Launch Dates and Program Locations.

Teacher Serve

This curriculum enrichment service offers teachers practical help in planning courses and presenting rigorous subject matter. It consists of a series of instructional guides on important topics in the humanities on the secondary level, such as "Nature Transformed: The Environment in American History" and "Divining America: Religion and the National Culture."

Teachers Helping Teachers

This is a free, non-profit service. That is updated weekly during the school year. The information on this website is great for teachers and homeschooled children, offering online curriculum in a variety of subjects.

The Middle Years Program

The Middle Years Program, designed by International Baccalaureate® (IB) for students 11 to 16, provides an instructional framework of academic challenges that encourage students to develop links between traditional subjects and the real world, through a comprehensive program of study. The IB Middle Years Programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through five interactive areas: at least two languages (multilingual profile), humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In their final year, students will also undertake an independent ‘personal project’ to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding.

The Quest for Less

This online curriculum from the EPA provides hands-on lessons and activities, enrichment ideas, journal writing assignments, and other educational tools related to preventing and reducing trash. Each chapter includes one or more fact sheets providing background information on each topic. In addition, each chapter includes an index showing the grade ranges, subject areas and skills used for each activity to help teachers select the appropriate activities.

Thinking Fountain

This Science site provides simple experiments and lesson plans for kids who homeschool or want to do their own experiments for fun. While this site is quite enjoyable it is most appropriate for the very young.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus

The United Nations Cyberschoolbus is an educational site created as the online education component of the Global Teaching and Learning Project, whose mission is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. The Global Teaching and Learning Project produces high quality teaching materials and activities designed for educational use and for training teachers. The vision of this project is to provide exceptional educational resources (both online and in print) to students growing up in a world undergoing increased globalization.

VIF International Education-Global Gateway Program

The Global Gateway system offers a simple integrated platform for K-12 educator professional development, lesson plans and classroom resources, digital badging for achievements and participation in an incredible collaborative community of global educators. Teachers anywhere in the world can learn to effectively integrate global content into their core instruction.

Weather for Kids

This website is designed to teach students about the fascinating weather that affects us day to day. This is a great learning resource for parents and teachers.

Web Resources, Mathematics

"Web Resources are links to other Internet sites that will help students, teachers, and parents in their mathematical endeavors. They provide additional resources for homework help, test preparation, teacher support, history of mathematics, and more."

Websites & Other Media: Learning Tools

Big History Project (BHP)

The Big History Project (BHP) is a history course covering 13.8 billion years of history told through engaging videos, animations, articles, and classroom activities targeting middle- and high-school students. Big History challenges students to think critically and broadly, and tries to ignite a passion for inquiry and exploration. In addition to helping students master the sequence and scope of 13.8 billion years, the course focuses on three essential skills: thinking across scale, integrating multiple disciplines, and making and testing claims. The materials are free and are available to be used by school districts, individual schools, teachers, homeschool families and the general public.

Geometry Online

This page on the website, offers a series of lessons as well as an “SAT-Type” quiz. The lessons cover a glossary of geometric terms, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' standards, the history of geometry, and various puzzles and shape identifying excercises.

Higher Education Channel - Curriculum (HEC-TV) (MO)

HEC-TV creates curriculum for new productions, in order to more fully connect the station with K-12 students and schools. HEC-TV has begun to add Common Core State Standards (CCSS) information to existing lessons on their website and references CCSS on new additions. Through scripts and background information provided by HEC-TV producers, a framework is built that wraps curriculum around each show. Each curriculum starts with an overview of the lesson, time allotment, and most importantly, the learning objectives.

Hooda Math

Hooda Math is a website designed by a math teacher that includes games, tutorials and worksheets. Every game on is personally screened by a former public school mathematics teacher as well as approved by thousands of other school teachers.

Keyboarding Without Tears®

Keyboarding Without Tears® is a new curriculum created by the Handwriting Without Tears® family. The curriculum features lessons on keyboard and mouse functions, digital citizenship, and computer readiness for children in grades K-5.

Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA)

This free online educational source offers advance placement testing, educational tools, complete curriculum from K12, loaner computer and printer, textbooks and materials, and guidance from an experienced teacher. Students study at their own pace and progress to the next course as they master the required skills for advancement.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created this project containing numerous videos full of educational content, driven by a series of questions: How can we change the perception of the role of engineers and scientists in the world? What can MIT do, right now, to improve STEM education at the K12 level? What if MIT became a publicly accessible “experiential partner” to the country’s K12 educators? What if MIT students generated short-form videos to complement the work those educators are already doing in their classrooms and homes? MIT seeks to illustrate that the best spokespeople in the battle to engage young people in science and engineering are other young people.


Tailor learning for individual students through Scootpad, which offers complete coverage of common core standards math and language arts in grades K-8.

Student Guide 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.

Type to Learn®

"Students embark on zany time travel missions to learn keyboarding skills in this animated update of Type to Learn™. Built on a proven curriculum of sequential, skills-building instruction, Type to Learn™ 3 helps students master keyboarding by engaging them in lesson/practice sequences."