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Below, you will find a number of websites, books and other resources that we hope you will find helpful as you teach gifted children. Since we could not include every good book, consider looking for other books by the same authors.

Please send your recommendations about other sites and books to Dr. Elissa Brown,



AGATE is a non-profit organization of concerned parents, educators and advocates designed to promote the education and welfare of gifted and talented learners in New York State.


AEGUS serves as an advocacy group on behalf of gifted underachieving students.


Practical ideas for your gifted classroom.


Center for Gifted Education, The College of William and Mary
Check out this site for a wonderful array of differentiated curriculum units for gifted learners.


Concord Review and The National Writing Board
Concord Review is a quarterly journal that publishes the highest quality history papers from the U.S. and abroad. Independently assessed, these papers may be sent on college applications as proof of superlative work.


Confratute at the University of Connecticut
This annual summer gifted program for teachers at the Univ. of Connecticut features many well-known leaders in the field.


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


Crime Scene Investigation: Solving with Science
This article from the Duke University TIP newsletter reviews three hands-on sets of science kits related to crime scenes investigation. In the right-hand margin, you will find many other useful types of science projects for gifted students.


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. The 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.


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.


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


Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley
GEMS develops and publishes science and math curriculum, offers professional development, and maintains an international support network.


High School Online (Free) Courses and Resources for Gifted Students
Part of the Hoagies' Gifted Education website, this web page reviews online high school courses in science, math, social studies, foreign languages, etc.


Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
Welcome to Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, the all-things-gifted resource that you've been searching for. Hoagies' Gifted Education Page offers resources, articles, books and links. Pick your entrance, but investigate them all! (Provides gifted lesson "collections" as well as individual lesson plans.)


How Everything Works
"How Things Work" is a hugely popular course at the University of Virginia, "which reverses the traditional format of physics courses by starting with whole objects and looking inside them to see what makes them work. Because it concentrates on concepts rather than math, and on familiar objects rather than abstract constructs, How Things Work serves both to reduce students' fears of science and to convey to them a substantial understanding of our modern technological world."  The website provides answers to everyday and more complex questions about physics in reader-friendly ways. The professor often answers K-12 teachers who have questions like, "How can I teach polymers to 4th graders?"


Math Circle
The Math Circle is designed for students who enjoy math and want the added challenge of exciting topics that are normally outside the school curriculum. Classes begin with a free discussion of ideas and play of invention around a developing problem. Then, once insight blossoms, this insight is formally linked to axioms, aiming for elegance and clarity.


Math Counts
Math Counts is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.


Math Prize for Girls
The Advantage Testing Foundation sponsors an annual math competition for high-school girls throughout the United States. Our goal is to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become the mathematical and scientific leaders of tomorrow.


Michael Clay Thompson's Language Arts Curriculum for Gifted Students
Excellent materials for grammar, vocabulary, writing, and poetry geared to gifted learners, K-12.




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 (NAGC)
NAGC is the premier association advocating for an appropriate education for the nation's gifted and talented children. They publish Gifted Child Quarterly, Parenting for High Potential magazine, curriculum models, program standards, and other books for teachers and parents. They hold an annual convention attended by over 3,000.


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.


NEAG Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
The University of Connecticut is home to the NEAG Center. Studies focusing on meeting the needs of gifted and talented youth have received national and international attention for over 40 years. Several studies conducted by our research team are considered seminal research that guides the design and development of programs and services to meet the needs of gifted and talented students.


New York City Department of Education Gifted and Talented website
An overview of the NYC DOE's gifted and talented program with links to specific topics.


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.


Pennsylvania Gifted Education Page
Filled with lots of great links and resources for teachers of gifted education.


Renzulli Learning
Classroom resources in differentiation developed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli, Dr. Sally Reis, and associates. Dr. Renzulli is the author of the School-Wide Enrichment Model.


Resources for Teaching Gifted and Talented Students
Lesson plans for teaching gifted students in Grades K-12.


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 Institute on Academic Diversity (SIAD)
Held on the beautiful campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, this Institute is headed by Carol Tomlinson, an international expert on differentiation of instruction (focusing on gifted students). There are two one-week sessions in July.


Summer Institute for Gifted Education, Hunter College
Get your Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education at Hunter College in our 6-week Summer Institute for Gifted Education, beginning in July, 2013.  Apply by April 1.


Talent Assessment in the Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Theater
Brochure about the Talent Assessment Process developed by Dr. Barry Oreck.


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.




Adams, C.M., & Pierce, R.L. (2006). Differentiating instruction:
     A practical guide to tiered lessons in the elementary grades
     Waco, TX: Prufrock.

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

Assouline, S., & Lupkowski-Shoplik, A. (2005). Developing math talent:
     A guide for educating gifted and advanced learners in math.

     Waco, TX: Prufrock.


Barell, J. (2003). Developing more curious minds. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Barell, J.  (2006). Problem based learning: An inquiry approach (2nd ed.).
     Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Barell, J. (2007). Why are school buses always yellow? Teaching for inquiry,
. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

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.

Bloland, D.D. (2006). Ready, willing, and able: Teaching English to gifted, talented,
     and exceptionally conscientious adolescents
. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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

     Waco, TX: Prufrock.


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

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

     Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Clark, B. (2008). Growing up gifted (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Colangelo, N., & Davis, G.A. (2002). Handbook of gifted education
     (3rd ed.)
Boston, MA: 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. (2005). Nurturing talent in high school: Life in the fast lane.
    New York: Teachers College.

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

     Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Conklin, W., &  Frei, S. (2007). Differentiating the curriculum for gifted learners
     (Practical strategies for successful classrooms.).

     Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.

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

Cukierkorn, J.S., Karnes, F.A., & Stephens, K.R. (2008). Arts education
     for gifted learners (Practical strategies series in gifted education)
     Waco, TX: Prufrock.



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.

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

Davis, G.A., & Rimm, S.B. (2003). Education of the gifted and talented
     (5th edition).
Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Delisle, J.R.  (1991). Guiding the social and emotional development
     of gifted youth: A practical guide for educators and counselors.

     U.K.: Longman.

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

Delisle, J.R., & Lewis, B.A. (2003). The survival guide for teachers
     of gifted kids: How to plan, manage, and evaluate programs for
     gifted youth, K-12.
Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Dixon, F.A. (2008). Programs and services for secondary gifted students:
     A guide to recommended practices
. Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Dixon, F.A., & Moon, S. (Eds.) (2005). The handbook of secondary gifted
Waco, TX: Prufrock.


Ford, D.Y. (2005). Teaching culturally diverse gifted students (Practical
     strategies series in gifted education). Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Ford, D.Y., & Harris, J.J. (1999). Multicultural gifted education (Education
     and psychology of the gifted series).
Waco, TX: Prufrock.


Gardner, H. (2006a). Multiple intelligences: New horizons in theory
     and practice.
New York: Basic Books.

Gardner, H. (2006b). Changing minds: The art and science of changing your
     own and other people's minds (Leadership for the common good).
Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School.

Gardner, H. (2009). Five minds for the future.
     Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School.

Gosfield, M.W. (2008). Expert approaches to support gifted learners:
     Professional perspectives, best
practices, and positive solutions.
     Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

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


Halsted, J.W. (2009). Some of my best friends are books (3rd ed.).
     Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.

Haroutounian, J. (2002). Kindling the spark: Recognizing and developing
     musical talent.
U.S.A.: Oxford University.

Heacox, D. (2009). Making differentiation a habit: How to ensure success
     in academically diverse classrooms.
Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.

Hebert, T., Karnes, F.A., & Stephens, K.R. (2005). Inventions and
     inventing for gifted students (practical strategies series in gifted
Waco, TX: Prufrock.


Isaacson, K. & Fisher, T. (2007). Intelligent life in the classroom: Smart
     kids & their teachers
. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.


Johnsen, S.K. (2005). Teaching strategies in gifted education (A Gifted
     Child Today reader).
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Johnsen, S.K., Goree, K., Karnes, F.A., & Stephens, K.R. (2005).
     Independent student for gifted learners
(Practical strategies series in
     gifted education).
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Johnsen, S.K., & Kendrick, J. (2005a). Language arts for gifted students
     (A Gifted Child Today Reader). Waco, TX: Prufrock.

 Johnsen, S.K., & Kendrick, J., Eds. (2005b). Math education for gifted
. Waco, TX: Prufrock.


Kaplan, S.N., & Cannon, M.W. (2002a). Lessons from the middle:
     High-end learning for middle school students.
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Kaplan, S.N., & Cannon, M.W. (2002b). Curriculum starter cards:
     Developing differentiated lessons for gifted students
     Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Karnes, F.A. (2005). Curriculum compacting: An easy start to
     differentiating for high potential students
(Practical strategies series
     in gifted education).
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Karnes, F.A., & Bean, S.M. (2008). Methods and materials for teaching
     the gifted (3rd. ed.)
. Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Kerr, B. (1997). Smart girls: A new psychology of girls, women, and
. Scottsdale, AZ: Gifted Psychology (now, "Great Potential").

Kerr, B., (Ed.)(2009). Encyclopedia of giftedness, creativity and talent.
     Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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

Kingore, B. (2007). Developing portfolios for authentic assessment,
     PreK - 3: Guiding potential in young learners.
Thousand Oaks,
     CA:  Corwin.


Lovecky, D.V. (2004). Different minds: Gifted children with AD/HD,
     Asperger Syndrome, and other learning deficits
     London: Jessica Kingsley.


Maccagnano, A.M. (2007). Identifying and enhancing the strengths of
     gifted learners, K-8: Easy-to-use activities and lessons.
     Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Matthews, M.S. (2006). Working with gifted English language learners
     (The practical strategies series in gifted education)
. Waco, TX: Prufrock.

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

Montgomery, D. (2009). Able, gifted and talented underachievers.
     Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.



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.



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

     Waco, TX: Prufrock.


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.

Piirto, J. (2004). Understanding creativity. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.


Rakow, S. (2005). Educating gifted students in middle school: A practical
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

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

Reis, S.M (Series Ed.) (2004). Essential readings in gifted education.
     Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Reis, S.M. (2009). The joyful reading resource kid: Teaching tools,
     hands-on activities, and enrichment resources, Grades K-8

     Jossey-Bass Teacher

Renzulli, J.S., E. Jean Gubbins, McMillen, K.S., Eckert, R.D. (2009).
     Systems and models for developing programs for the gifted and talented.
Mansfield, CT: Creative Learning.

Renzulli, J.S., & Reis, S.M. (2007). Enriching curriculum for all students
     (2nd ed.).
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

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

Roberts, J.L., Karnes, F.A., & Stephens, K.R. (2005). Enrichment
     opportunities for gifted learners (Practical strategies series in gifted education).

     Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Roberts, J.L., & Inman, T.F.  (2007). Strategies for differentiating instruction:
     Best practices for the classroom.
Waco, TX:  Prufrock.

Roberts, J.L., & Inman, T.F. (2008). Assessing differentiated student products:
     A protocol for development and evaluation
. Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Robinson, A., Shore, B.M., & Enersen, D.L. (2006). Best practices in gifted education:
     An evidence-based guide.
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

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

Rogers, K.B. (2005). A menu of options for grouping gifted students
     (Practical strategies series in gifted children).
Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential.



Shaunessay, E., Karnes, F.A., & Stephens, K.R. (2005). Questioning
     strategies for teaching the gifted (Practical strategies series in gifted education).

Sheffield, L.J. (2003). Extending the challenge in mathematics:
     Developing mathematical promise in K-8 students

Smutny, J.F., Walker, S.Y., & Meckstroth, E.A. (2009). Teaching young gifted
     children in the regular classroom: Book with CD-ROM.
     MN: Free Spirit.

Smutny, J.F., Walker, S.Y., & Meckstroth, E.A. (2006). Acceleration for
     gifted learners, K-5.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Smutny, J.F., & von Fremd, S.E. (2008). Igniting creativity in gifted learners,
     K-6: Strategies for every teacher.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Sousa, D. (Ed.) (2009). How the gifted brain learns (2nd ed.).
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Stepien, W.J., Senn, P.R., & Stepien, W.C. (2009). The Internet and
learning: Developing solutions through the web.
     Waco, TX: Prufrock.

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., E.L. Grigorenko. (2007).  Teaching for successful intelligence:
     To increase student learning and achievement (2nd ed.).

     Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Stevens, M. (2008). Challenging the gifted child: An open approach
     to working with advanced young readers.
London: Jessica Kingsley.



Tomlinson, C.A. (1999). The differentiated classroom: Responding to the
     needs of all learners.
Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Tomlinson, C.A., & Eidson, C.C. (2003). Differentiation in practice:
     A resource guide for differentiating curriculum, Grades 5-9.
     Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Tomlinson, C.A., & Reis, S. (Eds.) (2004). Differentiation for gifted and talented
     students (Essential readings in gifted education series).

     Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Tomlinson, C.A. (2003). Fulfilling the promise of a differentiated
Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Tomlinson, C.A., Kaplan, S.N., Renzulli, J.S., & Purcell, J.H. (2009).
     The parallel curriculum (Multimedia kit): A design to develop learner potential
     and challenge advanced learners.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Tomlinson, C.A., & McTighe, J. (2006). Integrating differentiated
     instruction and understanding by design (Connecting content and kids).
Alexandria, VA: ASCD.


VanTassel-Baska, J. (2009). Leading change in gifted education:
     The FestSchrift of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska.
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

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

VanTassel-Baska, J., Johnson, D.T., Boyce, L.N. (1995). Developing verbal
     talent: Ideas and strategies for teachers of elementary and middle
     school students.
Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

VanTassel-Baska, Karnes, F.A., & Stephens, K.R. (2005). Acceleration
     strategies for teaching gifted learners
(Practical strategies series in
     gifted education).
Waco, TX: Prufrock.

VanTassel-Baska, & Reis, S. (Eds.) Curriculum for gifted and talented
     students (Essential readings in gifted education series, v. 4).

     Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

VanTassel-Baska, & Stambaugh, T. (2005). Comprehensive curriculum for
     gifted learners (3rd. ed.)
Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.


Webb, J.T., Amend, E.R., Webb, N.E., & Goerss, J. (2005).  Misdiagnosis and
     dual diagnoses of gifted children and adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD,
     Asperger's, Depression, and other disorders.
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, &
. 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.

Winebrenner, S., & Brulles, D. (2008). The cluster grouping handbook:
     A schoolwide model: How to challenge gifted students and improve
     achievement for all.
Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.


Zaccaro, E. (2001). Real world algebra: Understanding the power of
Bellevue, IA: Hickory Grove.

Zaccaro, E. (2003). Primary grade challenge math. Bellevue, IA: Hickory Grove.

Zaccaro, E. (2005). Challenge math for the elementary and middle school
     student (2nd ed.).
Bellevue, IA: Hickory Grove.

Zaccaro, E. (2006). Becoming a problem-solving genius. Bellevue, IA:
     Hickory Grove.

Zegers, Kip (2010).  Reading Whitman in Manhattan: Teaching, poetry and Hunter College High School.
    Kanonah, NY: Foothills.  [Read about the book launch in Spring 2010.]


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