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We recommend that you also skim the website and book lists on the Educators page to learn about some organizations and books that may be useful to you as parents, grandparents and children. Below, you will find some additional sources for families.

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Academic Talent Development Program at UC Berkeley
ATDP offers summer classes for highly motivated students who have completed grades K-6 (Elementary Division) and 7-11 (Secondary Division). ATDP courses offer a chance for students to gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects that interest them. Taught by university, public, and private school instructors, these classes are designed to engage students' hearts as well as their minds.

 

AEGUS
Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (See Educators' page.)

 

AGATE
See Educator's Page.

 

American Association for Gifted Children (at Duke University)
AAGC publishes information for parents, educators and the public. Publications located on the web site include an occasional series called Working Papers and information on research-based educational practices, including the Javits Research Project, Bright IDEA 2 funded by the US Department of Education to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in collaboration with AAGC.

 

Center for Gifted Studies (Western Kentucky University)
The Center for Gifted Studies provides exciting educational opportunities for gifted young people, rigorous professional development for teachers, and support for parents of gifted young people. 

 

Center for Talent Development (Northwestern University)
Center for Talent Development (CTD), housed at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, is an accredited learning center and research facility that identifies, educates and supports gifted students and their familiesand serves as a leader in gifted education.

 

Center for Talented Youth (Johns Hopkins University)
The Center for Talented Youth (CTY) offers gifted students, and their families and schools as well, a wide range of programs and services to nurture their intellectual abilities, enhance personal development, and foster better understanding of the needs of talented youth.

 

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Largest professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

 

Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Providing opportunities, nurturing, and support to gifted young people to develop their talents in positive ways.

 

Destination Imagination
Destination ImagiNation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Destination ImagiNation, our core program, is an after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills - they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.

 

Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)
Program which identifies academic talent in children and teenagers. Benefits include summer programs, publications, advanced classes, networking and support.

 

Education: Gifted and Talented Students
This web site provides summaries of articles related to gifted children. Some of the articles are directed specifically toward educators, while others are appropriate for gifted students and their parents.

 

Education Program for Gifted Youth
The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University is a continuing project dedicated to developing and offering multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses. For more details, see “Students – Websites” section.

 

Edufest
The Northwest's summer conference on gifted education for teachers and parents.

 

Gifted Child Development Center
The Gifted Development Center serves parents, schools, and advocacy groups with information about identification, assessment, counseling, learning styles, programs, presentations, and resources for gifted children and adults.

 

 Gifted Child Society
A nonprofit organization that sponsors activities designed to help gifted children, their families and educators.

 

Gifted-Children.com
Online newsletter and networking forum for parents and teachers of children with special talents and abilities.

 

Gifted Education Research Resource Centre (GERRIC)
The University of New South Wales established the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre, to provide an establishment for excellence in research, teaching and services for gifted education.

 

Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI)
GERI at Purdue University conducts research into the psychology of gifted and talented individuals and effective educational practices for high ability youth.

 

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) supports gifted homeschoolers in the United States and around the world through education, advocacy, community and support.

 

GT World
Support community for parents of gifted and talented children.

 

Hoagies Gifted Education Page
See Educators' page.

 

Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children
A national volunteer resource and support network for highly gifted children, their families, schools, and communities.

 

How to Start a Parent Group (About.com)

 

How to Start a Parent Group (NAGC)

 

InsideSchools (New York City)
Non-profit organization offering independent reviews of New York City public schools, including those for gifted students.

 

Institute for Educational Advancement
Provides direct student services and education consulting. Also develops products to promote intellectual and creative growth for gifted youth. Provides a summer camp for profoundly gifted children (Yunasa).

 

Internet Resources for Homeschooling Gifted Children
Compiled by the Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children

 

Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program
The purpose of this federal government program is to carry out a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. The major emphasis of the program is on serving students traditionally underrepresented in gifted and talented programs, particularly economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient (LEP), and disabled students, to help reduce the serious gap in achievement among certain groups of students at the highest levels of achievement.

 

Musiclink Foundation
The Musiclink Foundation is a nonprofit organization that links promising young music students who are in financial need with music teachers who provide partial to full scholarships for as long as the child wishes to learn. The foundation hopes to expand resources by providing instruments, camp scholarships, and performance experiences. The program now has almost 1000 students in 42 states.

 

National Association for Gifted Children
Featuring Parenting for High Potential (PHP) and Mile Marker Series (a DVD guide for parenting gifted children), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.

 

National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (Univ. of Conn.)
The National Research Center on Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) current 5-year research plan will lead to empirical and descriptive understandings of "what works in gifted education." This plan requires the integrated study of identification systems, model-based curricula in reading and math, and assessments.

 

National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (Univ. of Virginia)
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented conducts research on methods and techniques for identifying and teaching gifted and talented students and for using gifted and talented programs and methods to serve all students. It also conducts program evaluations and surveys.

 

New York City Department of Education (NYC-DOE) for Gifted and Talented Education
The New York City Department of Education provides challenging standards-based instructional practices and highly engaging learning opportunities to children with exceptional capacity or creative talent. This is its home page.

 

Odyssey of the Mind
OM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.

 

Renzulli Learning Parent Site
The Renzulli Learning site (See Educator's Page.) provides differentiated classroom resources for teachers. This is the site's parent resource page.

 

SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted)
SENG provides teachers and parents with excellent articles about the social and emotional needs of gifted children as well as some of the solutions. There is a small, annual conference that is teacher- and parent-friendly.

 

State Associations for Gifted and Talented Education
State gifted education associations offer an array of services, education opportunities, and publications for their members.  Many groups also provide speakers to local groups and advocate for gifted students in their state capitals. Check their websites out and get involved!

 

Summer Scholar Identity Institute (Vanderbilt University)
The two-week Summer Scholar Identity Institute, held in July at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt, is part of the Vanderbilt University Achievement Gap Project, which strives to close the achievement gap between young black males and other students. Developed by Whiting and Ford, the institute strives to reinforce the academic ambition and accomplishment of promising young gifted black males.

 

Summer Institute for the Gifted
The mission of the Summer Institute for the Gifted is to provide the highest quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students through programs designed to meet their abilities and needs.

 

The Association for the Gifted (TAG)
(TAG) organized in 1958 by The Council for Exceptional Children, helps professionals and parents work with gifted children.

 

World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
The purpose of the World Council is to focus world attention on gifted and talented children and ensure the realization of their valuable potential to the benefit of humankind.

 

Books
 

A

Adderholdt, M. & Goldberg, J. (1992 ). Perfectionism: What's bad about
     being too good?
(upd. rev.). Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.


B

Baum, S.M., & Owen, S.V. (2004).  To be gifted and learning disabled:
     Strategies for helping bright students with LD, ADHD, and more.

     Mansfield Center, CT: Creative Learning.

Boothe, D., & Stanley, J. (Eds.) (2004). In the eyes of the beholder:
     Critical issues for diversity in gifted education.
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Bornstein, D. (2007). How to change the world: Social entrepreneurs and
     the power of new ideas
. New York: Oxford.


C

Castellano, J.A. (2002). Special populations in gifted education: Working
     with diverse gifted learners
. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Csikszentmihalyi, M., Rathunde, K., & Whalen, S. (1993). Talented teenagers:
     The roots of success and failure. New York: Cambridge University.

Castellano, J.A., & Diaz, E. (2001). Reaching new horizons: Gifted and
     talented education for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

     Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Colangelo, N. (2004). A nation deceived: How schools hold back
     America's brightest students. (Vols. 1 & 2). Iowa City, IA:
     Connie Belin-Blank Center/Templeton National Report on Education.

Coleman, L.J., & Cross, T.L. (2005). Being gifted in school: An
     introduction to development, guidance and teaching (2nd ed.).

     Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Cohen, L.M., & Frydenberg, E. (1996). Coping for capable kids: Strategies
     for parents, teachers and students.
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Corwin, M. (2001). And still we rise: The trials and triumphs of twelve
     gifted inner city students.
Harper Perennial.

Cross, T.L. (2001). On the social and emotional lives of gifted children
     Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Cross, T.L. (2005). The social and emotional lives of gifted kids:
     Understanding and guiding their development
. Waco, TX: Prufrock.


D

Daniels, S., & Piechowski, M.M. (2008). Living with intensity:
     Understanding the sensitivity, excitability, and the emotional
     development of gifted children, adolescents, and adults
.
     Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Davidson, J., Davidson, B., Vanderkam, L. (2004). Genius denied: How to
     stop wasting our brightest young minds
. New York: Simon & Shuster.

Davis, G.A. (2006). Gifted children, gifted education: A handbook for
     teachers and parents.
Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Delisle, J.R. (2002). Barefoot irreverence: A collection of writings on
     gifted child education.
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Delisle, J.R., & Galbraith, J. (2002). When gifted kids don't have all the answers:
     How to meet their social and emotional needs.
Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Delisle, J.R. (2006). Parenting gifted kids: Tips for raising happy and
     successful children.
Waco, TX: Prufrock.


F

Ford, D.Y., & Harris III, J.J. (1999). Multicultural gifted education.
     New York: Teachers College.


G

Galbraith, J. (2009). The gifted kids' survival guide: For ages 10 & under.
     Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Galbraith, J., & Delisle, J. (1996). The gifted kids' survival guide: A teen
     handbook
. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Galbraith, J., & Vinton, K. (2000).  You know your child is gifted when...
     A beginner's guide to life on the bright side.
Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Goertzel, V., & Goertzel, M.G. (2004). Cradles of eminence (2nd. ed.,
     update by T.G. Goertzel, & A.M.W. Hansen)
.  Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Gross, M.U.M. (2004). Exceptionally gifted children (2nd ed.).
     London: RoutledgeFarmer.


I

Isaacson, K.L.J. (2002). Raisin' brains: Surviving my smart family.
     Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

 

K

Karnes, F.A., & Marquardt, R.G. (1991). Gifted children and legal issues
     in education
. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Karnes, F.A., & Marquardt, R.G. (2000). Gifted children and legal issues:
     An update
. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Kerr, B.A., Kurpius, S., & Harkins, A. (2005). Handbook for counseling girls
     and women (Vol 2.): Talent development.
Mesa, AZ: Nueva Science.

Kerr, B.A., & Cohn, S.J. (2001). Smart boys: Talent, manhood, & the
     search for meaning.
Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Kiesa, K.K. (2000). Uniquely gifted: Identifying and meeting the needs of
     the twice exceptional students.
Gilsom, NH: Avocus.

Kurcinka, M.S. (2006). Raising your spirited child: A guide for parents
     whose child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and
     energetic.
New York: Harper Paperbacks.

Kurpius, S., Kerr, B.A., & Harkins, A. (Eds.) (2005). Handbook for
     counseling girls and women (Vol. 1): Talent, risk, and resiliency
.
     Mesa, AZ: Nueva Science.


L

Lewis, J., Karnes, F.A., & Stephens, K.R. (2008). Advocacy for gifted
     children and gifted programs. Waco, TX: Prufrock.


M

Matthews, D.J., & Foster, J.F. (2009). Being smart about gifted education
     (2nd ed.)
. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Mendaglio, S. (Ed.) (2008). Dabrowski's theory of positive
     disintergration
. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.


N

Navan, J. (2008). Nurturing the gifted female: A guide for educators and
     parents
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Neihart, M., Reis, S.M., Robinson, N.M., & Moon, S.M. (Eds.) (2002). The social
     and emotional development of gifted children: What do we know?

     Waco, TX: Prufrock.


O

Olenchak, F.R. (1998). They say my kid's gifted. Now what?
    
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Olszewski-Kubilius, P., Limburg-Weber, L, & Pfeiffer, S. (2003). Early gifts:
     Recognizing and nurturing children’s talents.
Waco, TX: Prufrock.


P

Peterson, J.A. (2007). The essential guide to talking with gifted teens:
     Ready-to-use discussions about identity, stress, relationships, and more
.
     Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Piechowski, M.M. (2006). "Mellow out," they say. If I only could:
     Intensities and sensitivities of the young and bright.
  Madison, WI: Yunasa.

Piirto, J. (2007). Talented children and adults: Their development and
     education (3rd ed.)
. Waco, TX: Prufrock.


R

Reis, S.M. (1998). Work left undone. Mansfield, CT: Creative Learning.

Rimm, S. (2008). Why bright kids get poor grades and what you can do
     about it: A six-step program for parents and teachers (3rd ed.)
.
     Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Rogers, K.B. (2002). Re-forming gifted education: How parents and
     teachers can match the program to the  child. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Ruf, D.L. (2005). Losing our minds: Gifted children left behind.
     Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.


S

Saunders, J., & Espeland, P. (1991). Bringing out the best: A guide for
     parents of young gifted children.
Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Silverman, L.K. (1993). Counseling the gifted and talented. Denver,
     CO: Love.

Sisk, D. (2008). Making great kids greater: Easing the burden of being
     gifted.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Stern, F. (2010). Adding math, subtracting tension: A guide to raising children who can do math.
    (Vol. 1 - Infancy through second grade).
New York: Talk about Math. [Read about Stern's parent math workshops with the Gifted Center.]

Sternberg, R.J., & Davidson, J.E. (2005).  Conceptions of giftedness (2nd ed.).
     New York: Cambridge University.

Strip, C.A., & Hirsch, G. (2000). Helping gifted children soar. Scottsdale,
     AZ: Great Potential.


V

VanTassel-Baska, Cross, T.L., & Olenchak, R. (2008). Socialemotional
     curriculum with gifted and talented students (Critical issues in equity
     and excellence in gifted education).
Waco, TX: Prufrock.


W

Waitzkin, J. (2007). The art of learning: An inner journey to optimal
     performance
. New York: Free Press.

Walker, S.Y. (2002). The survival guide for parents of gifted kids: How to
     understand, live with,
and stick up for your gifted child.
     Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Webb, J.T., Gore, J.L., Karnes, F.A., & McDaniel, A.S. (2004).
     Grandparents' guide to gifted children.
Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Webb., J.T., Amend, E.R., Webb, N.E., Goerss, J., Beljan, & Olenchak, F.R. (2005).
     Misdiagnosis and dual diagnoses of gifted children and adults.
 
     Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Webb, J.T., Gore, J.L., Amend, E.R., & DeVries, A. (2007). A parent's guide
     to gifted children
. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Weinfeld, R., Jeweler, S., Barnes-Robinson, L, & Shevitz, B. (2006). Smart
     kids with learning difficulties: Overcoming obstacles and realizing potential
.
     Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Willis, J. (2009). Inspiring middle school minds: Gifted, creative, &
     challenging
. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Winebrenner, S. (2001). Teaching gifted kids in the regular classroom:
     Strategies and techniques every teacher can use to meet the
     academic needs of the gifted and talented.
Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Winner, E. (1996). Gifted children: Myths & realities. New York: Basic Books.

 

Z

Zegers, Kip (2010).  Reading Whitman in Manhattan: Teaching, poetry and Hunter College High School.
    Kanonah, NY: Foothills.

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