Educators Guild - Resources

A Love for Learning
Dr. Carol Strip Whitney presents concepts and techniques to counteract the de-motivating factors in which gifted children are susceptible.

A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students
This easy-to-read, user-friendly report explains why many schools, parents and teachers have not yet come to terms with acceleration - despite overwhelming evidence in its favor. Teachers and parents are presented information on early-entrance, grade skipping, the AP program and early college.

A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses that Hold Back America's Brightest Students
This is the 10-year follow-up to A Nation Deceived. The publication includes updated research on the long-term effects of educational acceleration, acceleration and STEM education, effects of acceleration on the social emotional lives of gifted students, acceleration practices with twice exceptional students, radical acceleration, state residential STEM schools, diverse populations and acceleration, professional development for teachers and counselors, public policy and much more.

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
Four experts (Webb, Gore, Amend, DeVries) in the field of gifted and talented provide practical guidance in the areas of: Characteristics of gifted children; Peer relations; Sibling issues; Motivation & underachievement; Discipline issues; Intensity & stress; Depression & unhappiness; Educational planning; Parenting concerns; Finding professional help; and much, much more!

Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom
In this guide, Diane Heacox presents a menu of strategies for any teacher faced with a spectrum of student needs and styles.

Differentiation That Really Works: Strategies From Real Teachers for Real Classrooms
This book provides time-saving strategies and lesson ideas created and field-tested by practicing professionals in their own heterogeneous classrooms.

Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted
This book provides time-saving strategies and lesson ideas created and field-tested by practicing professionals in their own heterogeneous classrooms.

Moving Past Perfect: How Perfectionism May Be Holding Back Your Kids (and You!) and What You Can Do About It
In this book, author Tom Greenspon explains perfectionism, where it comes from (including influences outside the family), and what to do about it.

Re-forming ( Reforming ) Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers Can Match the Program to the Child
Written by Karen Rogers, this is a research-based book that discusses acceleration of students, grouping within the school setting, and program provisions both in and outside of school.

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Meet the Academic Needs of the Gifted and Talented
Since the first edition was published, author Susan Winebrenner has spent eight years using it with school districts, teachers, parents, and kids across the U.S. and the U.K. This revised, expanded, updated edition reflects her personal experiences and the changes that have taken place in education over the years

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All The Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs
In this book, authors Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith explain what giftedness means, how gifted kids are identified, and how we might improve the identification process.

Characteristics of intellectually advanced young people
This brief list offers some common characteristics of highly intelligent young people. Please keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive in that each young person has individual traits and interests.

Tips for Teachers: Successful strategies for teaching gifted learners
This article by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers a list of tips for teachers. It focuses on suggestions any teacher can use in the classroom to aid their gifted students and promote their achievement in positive ways. Common blunders are also discussed as well as why they can be detrimental to the gifted student.

Twelve Cost Effective Educational Options for Serving Gifted Students
This article, written by the Davidson Institute, discusses steps that schools and educators can take to help gifted children stay focused and achieve at higher levels. In addition, these steps can be taken by schools that want their students to excel, even when funding may not be available

Gifted Organizations
Belin-Blank Center - The University of Iowa (IA)
One of the top gifted education and talent development centers in the nation, the Belin-Blank Center has established itself as a worldwide leader in research, training and gifted resources. Gifted students are the focus – this organization concentrates on identification, specialized opportunities (such as talent searches and summer programs) and much more. With a recent focus on international education, useful policy information and more is available for those interested, all over the globe. There are also a number of resources available for parents and teachers.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
This national non-profit organization is "dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities." 

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
An organization of parents and educators, NAGC addresses the needs of children from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.

NEAG Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development - University of Connecticut Online Masters Degree (Storrs, CT)
The University of Connecticut is home to the Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, whose research studies focusing the needs of gifted and talented youth have received international attention for more than 40 years. Their programs and services include campus-based graduate programs in gifted education, as well as online programs.

Gifted Education
View the Davidson Gifted Database complete list of Gifted Education Degree Programs and Professional Development/Certification opportunities.

University/College Gifted Education Degree Programs

Center for Gifted Education at The College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988. The Center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. The Center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.

Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development - Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
The Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development, founded by Dr. Tracy L. Cross, is an organization that prepares educators to meet the academic needs of gifted students both in and outside of the regular classroom. The Center offers courses both on campus in the summer and statewide through the academic year over the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS) for teachers interested in obtaining the Endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education, and by offering special workshops for educators.

Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) - Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University conducts research into the psychology of gifted and talented individuals and effective educational practices for high ability youth. Super Saturday and the GERI Summer Camps, GERI's youth talent development programs, provide challenging learning opportunities and a healthy social environment to a diverse population of high ability children and teens.
Center for Talent Development (CTD) - Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
The Center for Talent Development (CTD), housed at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, is an accredited learning center and research facility serving gifted students, their families and educators for nearly 30 years. Some of their programs include: the Midwest Talent Search, summer programs for pre-K through grade 12, Saturday enrichment programs for pre-K through grade 9, an Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE), Gifted Learning Links for K through grade 12, a Civic Education Program for grades 7 through 12, scholarship programs for underrepresented students, and educator and parent programs

Gifted State Policy

How gifted-friendly is your state? Find out on the Davidson Gifted State Policy Map.
If you know of new legislation, please contact us

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