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January 2015  Hoagies' Gifted, Inc. is now 501(c)3 Non-Profit!

Your donations are now (U.S.) tax deductible.  Please consider Hoagies' Gifted Education Page when planning your donations.  Thanks for your support!

May 2012  DNS Changer Test Site: This is not a hoax!

We should ALL (PC and Mac) go to the FBI webpage and confirm that you are NOT infected. Go slightly down the page to the line thus:

http://www.dns-ok.us/ English DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG)

Click on the URL there (or just click here) and confirm you have a GREEN background.  If you receive a RED background, please, PLEASE follow the recommended steps or you will LOSE all internet connectivity in July. For more information, visit any number of articles including this one in PCMag...

April 2012  Top 10 Myths in Gifted Education 

April 2012  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Young Scholars Program

JKC Young Scholars Program nurtures exceptional students who have demonstrated, through academic excellence and extracurricular activities, that they have the potential to excel. Students apply for the program in 7th grade, enter the program in 8th grade, and continue through high school. "the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation..." Applications due 4/16

April 2012  Challenge your kids & teens!

Geocaching is more than just a world-wide hide-and-seek game. Puzzle caches offer simple and complex challenges that can charm even the most puzzle-crazy teen or adult! Each one is unique... Stake in the Grass (??), Sweepstakes (logic), Don't Be Blue (color), A Protracted Puzzle (protractor), and Golfers Like to Cache Too (golf).  Geocaching is more than just a world-wide hide-and-seek game. Puzzle ? caches offer simple and complex challenges that can charm even the most puzzle-crazy teen or adult! Each one is unique... Stake in the Grass (??), Sweepstakes (logic), Don't Be Blue (color), A Protracted Puzzle (protractor), and Golfers Like to Cache Too (golf). 

Start your puzzle caching by solving these caches, no matter where you live: Puzzle Solving 101 - Lesson 1: Strategy, the first of 10 steps in Puzzle Solving 101 and a great series to learn about puzzle caches, or Puzzle Shortcuts 1: Caesar Shift, the first of a series of 11 caches designed to help you learn how to solve a variety of puzzle caches. Find lots more puzzles near you!

April 2012  SENG highlights the plight of children who are misdiagnosed

March 2012  Interesting new research!

Identify gifted children to reduce reoffending, justice staff told. Staff working with young offenders must be trained to identify gifted children to prevent cycles of reoffending, according to the National Association of Gifted Children (U.K.).  For an executive summary of the research behind this news, send an email to amazingchildren@nagcbritain.org.uk with Releasing Potential in the subject.

February 15-24 2012 alpha+excel APE enrichment program

alpha+excel Experience a community of gifted and talented learners, and make friends with peers in different geographic locations, through a totally digital experience. Be a pioneer with our special promotions:

Two terms for the price of one and an additional discount for becoming an alpha+excel Option 2: Two (2) kids for the price of one (1)

Email Jennifer Knight or call 800-675-4108 by Friday, February 24!
Learn more about the APE enrichment program in our 15-minute sessions, scheduled Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm and 5pm – 7pm. February 2012  Thanks for Shopping Hoagies' Page!

Thank you for shopping via the links on Hoagies' Gifted Education Page!  Without you, Hoagies Page would not exist. Don't forget to continue shopping through Shop Hoagies Page! all year round.  Our goal this year is to start paying our programmer, something haven't been able to do yet.  Thanks to all of you!

November 2011 Free shipping from Prufrock Press

Buy a book or journal from Prufrock Press and support Hoagies' Page. Make your Prufrock Press print or electronic purchase and get 20% Discount and Free Shipping! Use code HOAGIES at checkout. Thanks Prufrock Press!

October  Canadian Study on bright and gifted children

Studying children’s intellectual and adjustment levels and parenting styles, with parents and children ages 7-11. Parents will complete 2 questionnaires. Children will complete 1 questionnaire and an I.Q. test. For more information please call or email Bessy: 514-726-9606, vassiliki.pilarinos@umontreal.ca

September 19  Argghh! It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 2011  Alpha Plus Excel Open House

Attend a free digital open house with Alpha Plus Excel and learn about enrichment opportunities for gifted and talented kids ages 5-15+ and enter our safe, secure global portal. Contact Alpha Plus Excel by e-mail: info@alphaexcel.com, phone: 800.675.4108, or visit our website www.alphaexcel.com

August 2011  An exploration of the everyday experience of raising a gifted child

Seeking parents of intellectually gifted children who are undertaking primary/elementary school around the world to take part in a study of the experience of raising a gifted child and the impact that it has on the child's parents. Study will ask about your interactions with your child's school (or why you homeschool), your worries or concerns, your support network, and more. Thank you in advance for completing the survey. www.parentsofgiftedchildren.com Natalie Rimlinger, Principal Investigator, Australian National University.

July 2011  Columbia University's Paul F. Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences Unique Child Study

Researchers are studying how unique children are identified and developed. We are collecting stories from parents with children who have been identified as gifted, children who have unique artistic, scientific, or physical abilities, children on the autism spectrum, and children who have been identified as having attention disorders, through an online, semi-structured survey. Thank you in advance. Peter Bearman, Principal Investigator, Cole Professor of the Social Sciences

June 2011  Davidson Young Scholars

Davidson Young Scholars Program provides free services designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people. Students and their parents receive free assistance including consulting services, online community, annual local and national gatherings, YS Ambassador Program, and more!

March 2011  NITE Needs Assessment Survey

Educators, help the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center with their NITE Needs Assessment Survey to survey professionals about current intervention systems for, and beliefs about, twice-exceptional students.

February 2011  SENG Survey for Parents of Gifted Children: Your Experience with Your Child’s Doctor

SENG is sponsoring a research study to help improve medical services for gifted children. Phase I asks parents about their experience with their child’s doctor. Thank you for taking 10-15 minutes of your time to help us make a difference. Take the Survey.

Wanted: Students who need Community Service Hours!

If you are or know a student who needs Community Service hours for their graduation or other requirement, please contact or have them contact Carolyn K. at Hoagies' Gifted Education Page.  Hoagies' Page needs students for various tasks at Hoagies' Page, and could really use YOUR help!  Thank you.

October 2010  Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits Recommended A new blog!

A new blog by Carolyn K. Thoughts and ideas on Gifted and other subjects. Soapbox ON!

September 2010 Prufrock Press - A New Hoagies' Page affiliate!

Buy a book or journal from Prufrock Press and support Hoagies' Page.  Make your Prufrock Press print or electronic purchase and get 20% Discount and Free Shipping through December 31st! Use code HOAGIES at checkout.  Welcome Prufrock Press!

August 2010  Giving Voice: Gifted Students' and Their Parents' Perceptions of Early and Current Reading Experiences

Researchers at Oregon State University College of Ed. want your perceptions of how your gifted or highly able child learned to read. There is very little research on reading and the gifted and we are deeply interested in what you have to say.  Thank you. - Dr. LeoNora Cohen and Kathy D. Austin

July 18 - 23 2010  National Parenting Gifted Children Week

Read SENG daily mini newsletters (Subscribe) a new topic each day this week, and Attend SENG Webinars, a two-fer for parents by Carolyn K. (Sign Up) on Making The Internet Safer For Gifted Children & Teens, and Great Internet Links For Gifted Kids & Families

July 15 2010  Disney's Friends for Change Grants

75 $500 grants to youth-led service initiatives around the world that demonstrate youth leadership and the commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Eligible applicants will be asked to implement their projects between September and November...

June 2010  Wanted: Gifted Spotters

We need YOU to help us spot gifted items on the internet, Facebook, and Twitter.  Find new research on gifted topics?  Conferences?  Submit your spottings to us at gifted@hoagiesgifted.org  You can be a part of the Hoagies' Page team!

The Ninth International Congress of the Institute for Positive Disintegration in Human Development July 22 - 24, 2010

"Dabrowski and Gifted Education: Beyond Overexcitabilities: Transformation," An interdisciplinary conference on Dabrowski’s theory of Positive Disintegration drawing from education, psychology, religion, philosophy, counseling, spirituality…Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles (Chicago), Illinois.

May 2010  PC Security Recommended

Smokescreen Recommended is an online game that teaches older teens about the potential dangers of social networking in a social network, White Smoke.  Each "episode" reveals new danger, and ways to avoid it.  Read Smokesecreen game guides teenagers through dangers of social networking.

Outside of the Box Gifted

This 2-day workshop for teachers will provide much needed info regarding gifted students who learn differently. Sponsored by IAGC and Lake Forest District 67 in the Chicago area. Speakers include Linda Silverman, Dennis Higgins and Elizabeth Nielsen

Cogito: Connecting Young Thinkers Around the World

Features include Where Are They Now?  Find kids with a demonstrated pre-college passion for math and science, such as Westinghouse winner Ashley Reiter, Inspired by the Beauty of Numbers. Find a list of Academic Programs and Competitions, searchable by grade, subject and more. Young Scientists in the News is always exciting. And Forums let young thinkers register and talk with others "just like them." Check it all out!

Survey: Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook

A new edition of The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook is in the works and will be based on the actual experiences, frustrations, desires, and ideas of gifted teens ages 11–17.  Our survey includes questions about giftedness, education, relationships, and personal growth. All responses are anonymous and confidential.  Your Gifted Teen age 11-17 can take this survey today at www.surveymonkey.com/GKSG We hope to hear from you! Sincerely, Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle, Free Spirit Publishing, Minneapolis, MN

March 2010  SENG – Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted

SENG is the only organization dedicated exclusively to the emotional needs of the gifted.  SENG offers monthly newsletter, annual conference, on-line webinars, free web-based resources, and training for SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPG).  This month's newsletter features Rising to Juilliard: A Profile of a Gifted Young Actor, and An Interview with Jan Davidson: Reflections on Gender and Giftedness...

Ada Lovelace Day - Celebrate Women in Technology - March 24 2010

Visit BrainPop for a short video history of the life of Lady Ada Lovelace.  An amazing story, in her time or now. ASEE Engineering & blogs about favorite Woman in Technology.  FindingAda celebrates the achievements of women in technology and science. And celebrate your favorite Woman in Technology!

The Aurora Project Seeks Parents of Gifted Students, Grades 4-6 March 2010

We at the Yale University Child Study Center are developing an augmented assessment of giftedness in children—the Aurora Battery—as an alternative to  traditional measures of intelligence, based upon Dr. Robert J. Sternberg’s Theory of Successful Intelligence, and including 4 methods of evaluation: a paper and pencil test, a teacher rating scale, a semi-structured parent interview, and a clinical observation.

For more, please contact Mei Tan at mei.tan@yale.edu or 203-785-4831, or Laurie Hemberger at ljh2144@columbia.edu

Michael Pyryt Collaboration Award...

... for recognition for a scholar of giftedness, creativity or talent development and an influential collaborator who has not previously published scholarship associated with giftedness, creativity or talent.  AERA SIG on Research on Giftedness and Talent will offer this award bi-annually in even-numbered years.  Applications due March 1, 2010.  For more information or award submissions (e-mailed PDF file) to Rena Subotnik (rsubotnik @ apa.org).

SENG Kids’ Film Contest, in Contests and Awards

What does it feel like to be a gifted kid? The SENG Kids' Film Contest invites gifted youth to show the world what it feels like to be gifted...in two minutes or less!

Shop Hoagies' Page and find coupons for your favorite online stores...

Shop Hoagies' Page and use our coupon codes for extra savings at your favorite online stores, including Barnes & Noble, AbeBooks, National Geographic Store, BooksAMillion, Chinaberry, HearthSong, and Amazon plus many more.

Due March 1, 2010  Proposals for Esther Katz Rosen Fellowship

The Esther Katz Rosen program funds graduate fellowships for work in giftedness of children.  Recipients are given up to $25,000 for one-year graduate fellowships, up to three fellowships are given each year.

August 2009  Install and run Malwarebytes' TODAY.

Please, please do yourself a favor: Download, install, update (this is key, every time you run!) and run Malwarebytes'. The free version is fine, unless you will forget to update and run it regularly, then make the small investment to purchase Malwarebytes' and it will update and run automagically. Just DO it! 

See PC Security for more free steps to protection, and take care to follow them, especially if you still run old name-brand anti-virus or system protection.  Older is NOT better!

August 2009  Support SENG – Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted

Provide your tax deductible support to SENG – Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted.  SENG is the only organization dedicated exclusively to the emotional needs of the gifted.  SENG offers an annual conference, on-line seminars, free web-based resources, as well as training for SENG Model Parent Groups.

August 2009  Thinkwell Homeschool Sale

An exclusive discount for our homeschool families and their friends.  Use “CoolSummer” at checkout to receive $30 off any Thinkwell course through August 9, 2009.  Share this discount with any of your friends and family who’d like some cool relief in the middle of the hot summer. 

July 2009  Looking to separate the kids from their screens?  Try Geocaching!

Profile for hoagiesGeocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices (or  for those who don't have GPS, with Google Maps).  It costs nothing (unless you buy a GPS), and hooks the kids, since they have to look up the caches and their clues online.  And then it gets them outdoors!  Caches can be a quick step from the car, or a long hike through a park.  Caches can be micro--the size of 2/3 of a woman's pinky--or large--the size of a railway toolbox.  They can be virtual (upload a photo of you with the find) or puzzle (solve the puzzle to find the coordinates).  Geocaching is a gifted family game, if ever there was one!

June 2009  Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Cross...

Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Cross, new Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary.  Congratulations, Tracy!  And congratulations on her retirement to Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska.  Enjoy your free time, Joyce!

June 2009  Wanted: website developer

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is looking for You!  We need a website developer to help move Hoagies' Page off FrontPage and to another website development and/or content management platform.  Please contact Carolyn K. for more information...

June 2009  Eide Neurolearning Blog

Weekly blog on brain-based learning and learning styles.  This week, brain research shows ADHD = Different Reward / Motivation Pathway?  Are extrinsic rewards more useful to help AD/HD kids complete their (less than motivating) schoolwork?

May 2009  Meet the 2008 Gifted Teachers and Administrators Winners!

Our congratulations to... Teacher of the Year: Katrina Jordan and Teacher of the Year: Lois Davis and Administrator of the Year: Keith Westman

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March 2009  LSoft Community Resource Award Vote for ICORS today and every day!

We took first place in February, but we need to do it again!  ICORS, the host of all the TAGFAM and GT-World mailing list / gifted support communities, has been nominated for the Community Resource Award that L-Soft will be giving out for the fourth year.  We need YOU to vote for ICORS, today and every day until April 1st.  Thanks!

March 2009  Parents, Your Opinions are Important

As a field, we in gifted know surprisingly little about the experiences and opinions of parents. Help us to learn more about the issues you face! Researchers at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are asking parents of gifted learners to complete our brief survey, tiny.cc/LmsOw. Information gained from the survey will be used to identify new lines of research and help strengthen advocacy efforts for gifted children. If you wish, after completing the survey you may provide your contact information to be entered in a drawing to receive materials related to parenting the gifted. -- Jennifer L. Jolly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Education Editor-in-Chief, Parenting for High Potential Louisiana State University

February 2009  Now through midnight February 26  $10 off at The Teaching Company

Take off! No minimum purchase—enter coupon code at www.TEACH12.com to receive this $10 savings.  Coupon Code: CPPR

February 2009  Davidson Fellows Scholarship

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people under the age of 18 who have completed a significant piece of work.

Application categories are Mathematics, Science, Literature, Music, Technology, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception.

Deadlines & Eligibility: * The deadline for the 2009 Davidson Fellows Scholarships is March 4, 2009.

February 2009  PC Security Recommended  Don't risk your identity, especially if you do Internet Banking!

bulletAre you running a top-rated anti-virus program like BITDefender, Kaspersky, AVG (available free!) or Trend Micro, or are you still running Norman or Norton?
bulletAre your spyware and virus definitions AND your virus engine updated daily?
bulletIf you're using Facebook, are your settings updated to protect your privacy?
bulletLMK Life Online, tips for teens
bulletWhen did you last back up your hard drive?
bulletFollow these PC Security steps to protect yourself, your privacy, and your identity!

January 2009  A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students

bulletNow available in 8 languages! Click for English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. (requires Adobe Reader)

2008 Sponsors Gifted Teacher and Administrator of the Year Contest!

Thanks to these generous sponsors for our 2008 contest!  Be sure and visit, and explore their products for your gifted children...
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Wanted: Sponsors for our annual Gifted Teacher and Administrator of the Year Contest!

Last year's sponsors included Prufrock Press, MindWare, 2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, Zome Systems, Zanca, Out of the Box Publishing, Great Potential Press, and University of Utah Division of Family and Consumer Studies Eric Moerer Memorial Lecture Series.  See your company's name on our pages for the next year!  Contact carolyn@thehoagies.com for more information...

Now through midnight November 30 2008  Up to 75% plus $10 off Teaching Company courses...

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale! This weekend only, every course at The Teaching Company is up to 75% off! Act now—offer expires at midnight on Sunday, 11/30!  PLUS, take an additional $10 off! No minimum purchase—enter coupon code at www.TEACH12.com to receive this $10 savings.  Coupon Code: SVNW

Now through October 13 2008  Free Teaching Company audio course...

The Search for What Killed the Dinosaurs, delivered by leading U.S. paleontologist and award-winning Professor Peter Ward of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.  Enjoy this free audio Great Course from The Teaching Company! 

September 27 2008  Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Enjoy free museum admission on Saturday, September 27, 2008, at hundreds of museums across the country.  Locate local museums and print your admission ticket here...

September 16 - October 5 2008  It's Horrible!  Visit Hot Topics Reading List: Horribles! for more Horrible books...

Horrible books are Horribly hard to find in the U.S., so here's your chance...  Ray at Horrible Books is taking orders for Horrible Books & Horrible Magazines, Scholastic UK, Galore Park Books, and Peace Hill - Story of the World, almost all at almost 25% off through midnight, Sunday, October 5, 2008 for mid-November delivery.  Now offering Free Shipping and No Sales Tax...IF...drumroll...you pay via Check.

Thanks, and enjoy your otherwise Horrible Day!

September 12 2008  Your Education Worries?

NPR's Day to Day will be doing a series of reports on education... Let's encourage reports on Gifted Education!  Click here...

September 1 - 7 2008  Explore Edweek.org for free during their site-wide open house

Complete access to every article, whether you want the latest education coverage from Education Week reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention, or specific research that uses the vast archives of over 25 years of Education Week articles...

July 14 - 20 2008  National Parenting Gifted Children Week

In preparation for this week, visit the SENG and NAGC websites for ideas you can do during the National Parenting Gifted Children Week.  And join the 25th Annual "Silver Anniversary" SENG Conference The SENG Summit: Reaching Attitudes & Altitudes being held July 18-20, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah

May 2008  The Ultimate Steal

For a limited time (extended to May 16, 2008) Microsoft is offering college and university students a registered copy of Microsoft Ultimate 2007 software, including Access™, Accounting Express, Excel®, InfoPath®, Groove, OneNote®, Outlook® with Business Contact Manager*, PowerPoint®, Publisher, and Word (all 2007 products) for a grand total price of $59.95.  This is an actual Microsoft promotion.  (Note: backup DVD costs an additional $15).

May 2008  25th Anniversary of A Nation at Risk

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings Marks 25th Anniversary of A Nation at Risk Report by Broadening the National Dialogue on the State of American Education.  Add your comments to Secretary Spellings' national dialogue on the state of the American education system...

May 5 - 9 + 12 2008  Learning A-Z Teacher Appreciation Week+

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5–9, plus May 12, Learning A–Z will open one of its six password-protected websites. Explore all of Learning A–Z’s resources: ReadingA-Z.com, Raz-Kids.com, WritingA-Z.com, VocabularyA-Z.com, Reading-Tutors.com, and ScienceA-Z.com (one each day).  Download and print thousands of books, lessons, and worksheets for FREE.

April 2008  SENG Board of Directors

Applications for SENG Board of Directors election candidates are now being accepted. If you value the emotional needs of the gifted and feel you can contribute to our growing organization, submit an application letter by July 1, 2008 for the 2009-2011 term and review application guidelines.  Visit Working with SENG for more information...

By March 10, 2008  Javits Alert!

The Department of Education is attempting to channel Javits gifted and talented funding to other populations. Please let the DOE know how you feel about this by commenting on this change by March 10, 2008.  Thanks to Ohio Association for Gifted Children for this announcement.

March 2008  The Davidson Academy of Nevada Application Deadline Extended

The application deadline for The Davidson Academy of Nevada’s 2008-2009 school year has been extended to June 1, 2008.

A free, public school for profoundly gifted pupils on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, The Davidson Academy of Nevada is seeking qualified students for the 2008-2009 school year. The mission of The Davidson Academy is to provide profoundly gifted young people an advanced educational opportunity matched to their abilities, strengths and interests. The Academy is a non-residential, full-time day school and many families have relocated to Reno in order for their student(s) to attend.

To be eligible to attend The Davidson Academy, students must be at the middle or high school level across all subject areas and score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, such as the SAT or ACT. The Academy is specifically designed to meet the needs of profoundly gifted middle and high school students, starting at the sixth grade level and beyond. For admission details, please visit www.DavidsonAcademy.UNR.edu/Admissions.

For more information about the Academy, visit www.DavidsonAcademy.UNR.edu. Please send questions concerning the application process to admin@DavidsonAcademy.unr.edu or contact Aimee Fredericks, Admissions and Records Coordinator at 775-337-0171.

January 2008  Dr. Michael Pyryt

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Michael Pyryt on January 15, 2008.  Michael was known for his gifted research in Canada, and his memory will be maintained through his writings, including Acceleration: Strategies and Benefits and Perfectionism and Giftedness: Examining the Connection, and with his friend Dr. Sal Mendaglio The Emotional Drama of Giftedness: Self Concept, Perfectionism, and Sensitivity.  A memorial fund has been established at the University of Calgary in Dr. Pyryt's honor.  Visit the University of Calgary Centre for Gifted Education site for more information.  A blog has also been established, to honor and remember Michael.  Visit http://giftedsig.blogspot.com/

As Michael often closed... "My goal in life is to be a person as good as my dog already thinks I am."

January 2008  Horrible Book Order

Many Horrible titles are tough to find in the U.S.  Several times a year, Del Sol Books places an order directly from the U.K., for all the Horrible books and hot new Horrible science and history magazines, including those not easily available here.  All the gory details are at www.horriblebooks.com...

December 2007  One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Give One Get One Recommended

The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. Through December 31 2007, OLPC has been offering a limited-time Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During Give One Get One, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution...  Visit Gifts to Share: Humanitarian Opportunities for Gifted Families

November 2007  EdWeek Chat: Policies That Promote Quality Charter Schools Tuesday November 6, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST

What happens when public schools are set free to innovate and function independently from other schools in their jurisdiction? Charter schools sprang up in the early 1990s and have been testing this idea ever since. After 15 years of experimentation, what do we know about what works, and what doesn't, in policy and in practice? In a new report from Education Sector, Sara Mead and Andrew J. Rotherham researched charter school policies that influence quality and growth in 12 states. Join the live chat with these report authors and learn what they found...

October 2007  The Ultimate Steal

For a limited time (through April 30, 2008) Microsoft is offering college and university students a registered copy of Microsoft Ultimate 2007 software, including Access™, Accounting Express, Excel®, InfoPath®, Groove, OneNote®, Outlook® with Business Contact Manager*, PowerPoint®, Publisher, and Word (all 2007 products) for a grand total price of $59.95.  This is an actual Microsoft promotion.  (Note: backup DVD costs an additional $10).

October 2007  SENG Honor Roll

SENG is proud to announce a significant new program to honor educators who have demonstrated commitment to helping a gifted child. In discussing the needs of gifted children, by necessity we often focus on needs that are not being met. The SENG Honor Roll Program provides the opportunity to give credit to schools and educators who tirelessly serve gifted children. Educators who care to make a difference in the lives of gifted children should be valued and recognized for their efforts. We all know special people whose efforts have been pivotal in the lives of gifted children. 

Educators nominated to The SENG Honor Roll will receive the following recognition:

bulletThe educator will receive a letter from SENG advising him or her of the honor, who honored the educator, and information about SENG resources and about The SENG Honor Roll.
bulletThe school district's Board of Education will receive a certificate to present to the educator, along with information about SENG resources and about The SENG Honor Roll.
bulletThe educator will be listed, by state, on the new SENG Honor Roll page on the SENG website.
bulletThe educator will be entered into a drawing, to be held March 30, for one of three free registrations for the 25th Annual "Silver Anniversary" SENG Conference, where the educator will be honored at a dinner.
bulletAll SENG Honor Roll educators nominated by March 30 will be honored with a listing in the 25th Annual "Silver Anniversary" Conference Program Book.

SENG believes that The SENG Honor Roll will send a positive message to educators. There are three goals for The SENG Honor Roll Program:

bulletProvide local and national recognition for educators who make a difference in the lives of gifted children.
bulletEncourage other educators to learn about the needs of gifted children and how to meet those needs.
bulletRaise funds for SENG programs that support gifted children, educators and parents of gifted children.

Anyone may honor an educator with a nomination to The SENG Honor Roll. Simply submit the SENG Honor Roll Nomination Form with a minimum donation of $50 per educator. Your donation is tax deductible and will be promptly acknowledged with a receipt.

October 2007  A Nation Deceived, Three Years Later: Impact on Attitudes, Practices, and Policies about Acceleration

If you haven't already done so, please fill out this survey by October 30th.  Thanks!  A Survey is to assess the impact of the report A Nation Deceived on attitudes, practices, and policies about academic acceleration...

October 2007  Interdisciplinarity...

For her dissertation, Laura Policar is collecting responses to surveys asking for teacher (either secondary or K-12) opinions and/or experience with interdisciplinarity.  Please fill out the survey, or forward it to your children's' teachers or administrators...
Fill out either the Teacher Survey or Administrator Survey

September 2007  Jay Mathews, the influential education columnist for the Washington Post...


I have been corresponding with Jay Mathews, the influential education columnist for the Washington Post about a story he wrote last week. In the conclusion to his column, he wrote:

"Many parents around the country complain of difficulties in getting accelerated courses and enriched lessons for their gifted children.
... But
I have yet to find any adults who were designated gifted as children and did not think they were able to find at least some of the intellectual stimulation they craved at school or on their own. I also don't find much correlation, either in the research or in my interviews, between success in life and gifted education during childhood."

I wrote to object to this conclusion.

He responded to me that:

"I am all for acceleration, as i think i have made clear many times in all my writing about AP and IB, but i find it odd that i cannot, despite many requests to gifted child advocates, find any cases of families willing to tell me stories of failure to accelerate their gifted kids in this area. That kind of story would allow me to make yr good points in a vivid way. If you have a recent story like that, or know someone else who does, please send them to me."

So I wrote him back to ask for permission to ask you to send him these stories, and he reiterated his request for them.

I have been reading such stories for years--so all of you who have had these problems, PLEASE send them to him. I think you could extend your comments to the result of a lack of appropriate instruction in general, not just to grade acceleration, and explain why access to these services is important for your child. When he writes about acceleration he doesn't just mean grade acceleration but also advanced classes. Please keep your letters as short and to the point as possible--he gets a ton of mail.

If he doesn't hear from you, I can't blame him for assuming that gifted students in general are getting the "intellectual stimulation" they need in school and their parents are complaining about nothing!

His column is very influential. Every decision-maker in DC reads the Post and many read his columns. If he is persuaded that there is in fact a problem with inadequate g/t services and that a lack of services can hurt kids it will make a huge difference.

Please write to him directly: Jay Mathews  mathewsj@washpost.com

If you copy me, I'd appreciate it, because otherwise I will spend all month wondering whether anyone responded.

Feel free to forward this letter. I think it would be especially interesting for him to hear from families that felt compelled to home-school their children.


September 2007  A Nation Deceived, Three Years Later: Impact on Attitudes, Practices, and Policies about Acceleration

A Survey is to assess the impact of the report A Nation Deceived on attitudes, practices, and policies about academic acceleration...

July 2007  A Survey of the Prevalence and Practices of Acceleration in Schools...

... to estimate the prevalence of acceleration in our nation’s schools and to gather information on the attitudes of parents, policy makers, and educators toward acceleration as a curriculum intervention for gifted students, conducted by the Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (IRPA), Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, The University of Iowa.

Read acceleration stories here...

June 2007  Doctoral dissertation research...

Donate your mind to science! Lisa White is conducting research on how parents and their gifted kids (grades 7-11) feel about each other. Visit  www.giftedfamilies.com for more information...

June 2007  CALL your senators TODAY!

The Senate is debating the immigration bill, and NAGC is supporting an amendment by Senator Charles Grassley (Iowa) (amendment no. 1156) that would increase fees for H-1B visas - those that corporations obtain to bring highly skilled employees to the U.S. and direct the increased fees to the Javits program.

It is important that you call both your U.S. Senators and urge them to support the Grassley amendment. Emails and letters will be lost in the crush of communications; we recommend that you CALL your Senators offices and leave a careful message. Details about the amendment, and what you should say when you call, are posted on the NAGC legislative update page.

May 2007  Tribal Mensa Nurturing Program Mensa India

Tribal Mensa Nurturing Program Mensa India is looking for...

  1. Educational software's
  2. Products: DVD, CDs, VCD etc. Children's films
  3. National Geography Old issues & new issues (paper copy)
  4. Children's Art & Performance work books
  5. Intelligence Quiz, Puzzle etc.
  6. Story books
  7. Children activity workbooks
  8. Documentary films about social, historical issues
  9. Films on health, hygiene & nature
  10. Other relevant products for intelligence nurturing

Subjects: Nature, Geography, Geology, Science, Maths, Space, Human Body, Places, Different Ecosystem, Biodiversity etc.

For more information, please contact Dr. Narayan R. Desai, Executive Council Member, Gifted Child Program Principle Investigator, Tribal Mensa Nurturing Program Mensa India, Jnana Prabodhini Bhavan, 510 Sadashiv Peth, Pune 411030 India.
(O) 091-20-24477691, 24478095    (R) 091-20-25388240    Mobile: 98226 26835
Email: nrd1675@hotmail.com, nrd1675@gmail.com

April 2007  Camp Yunasa Early Application Deadline Extended

Postmark April 27th for $100 savings... visit Yunasa Summer Institute for the Gifted for more information

April 2007  Call Me MISTER

Young Black Men can go to college to become South Carolina teachers for FREE.  Visit Call Me MISTER for details and application...

April 2007  Register for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) CE Credits

March 19 - April 15 get free access to everything Edweek.org has to offer!

March-April 2007  Gifted Child Quarterly free!

Through April 30, current and back issues of the National Association of Gifted Children's journal Gifted Child Quarterly are available free to non-subscribers.

February 2007  Cogito.org Recommended launched!

New web site launched for students keen on math, science

Middle and high school students with a passion for math and science can connect with peers around the world to learn about and discuss everything from global warming to cold fusion through a new Web site called Cogito.org.

Cogito.org, which was spearheaded by the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth with feedback from bright students, is a totally free resource for students.  Key features, all developed by the site's editors with an eye toward nurturing talent in exceptional thinkers, include:

bulletinterviews with experts,
bulletexperts as online topic leaders,
bulletprofiles of young scientists,
bulletscience news, and
bulletdirectories of math and science web resources, programs, competitions, and other academic opportunities

CTY and its partners expect the site to be a math and science home for bright kids online and help produce a generation of young people whose math and science skills will enable them to become leaders in their fields.

CTY's partners in developing Cogito.org include other leading centers serving gifted students, based at Carnegie Mellon, Duke and Northwestern universities; the universities of Denver and Iowa; the Center for Excellence in Education; the Davidson Institute for Talent Development; and Science Service. The development of this site was funded by the John Templeton Foundation.  Questions? cogitocty@jhu.edu 

January 2007  CBS Casting Call

Casting call announcement removed; CBS was uncomfortable with their announcement being paired with these cautionary articles... Consider these sage words: Highly Gifted Children and the Press and Indecent Exposure: How Global Media Exploits the Gifted.

January 2007  Graduate student seeking subjects...

I am a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, SF. I am collecting data for my dissertation, which examines interactions between gifted children and their parents, especially looking at gender differences and perceptions of support versus intrusiveness.  I am recruiting participants, gifted children in grades 7 through 10, and their parents. All that is required is to fill out my online survey, at www.giftedfamilies.com.  Please contact me, Lisa White, for more information.  Thank you.

November 2006  Share Hoagies' Gifted Education Page!

Print Hoagies' Business Cards to share, on your own printer and Avery 8371 (or similar) business cards (requires Adobe Reader)

Shop Hoagies' Gifted Online Store and share Hoagies' mugs, t-shirts, bags and more...

Share your experiences with other gifted parents!

In the literature, there is little opportunity for parents and family members to share their experiences. We'd like to help parents and families to share their stories so others can gain insights and advice for raising their own gifted children.

Share your family or parenting stories on our surveys. The second phase of the process will invite parents and families to take part in interviews to gain additional insights about growing up with gifted kids (or other family members). Ultimately, we (Jim Delisle and myself) hope to publish our work as a book for parents looking for assistance who are just realizing (probably through formal identification) that their child is gifted and different than age mates.

Smiles to you!  Robert Shultz, Ph.D.

Visit www.giftedkidspeak.com   click on "Parents and Families Questions"

Help Guide Gifted Education!

Be part of a unique study that will contribute to the literature base. We are looking for parents, teachers, researchers, administrators, and gifted persons age 18 and over who are supporters of gifted education to participate in this study. Click below to fill out the anonymous online survey, which should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Participants can request a report of our findings.

Contact Jennifer Riedl Cross or Tracy L. Cross for more information.

Gifted Attitudes Survey -- Survey now closed

November 2006  Call for Manuscripts for Roeper Review Special Issue: Global Awareness and the Gifted

Researchers, practitioners, biographers, and theorists are invited to submit papers relating to global awareness and the gifted. Specifically, we are looking for articles about gifted individuals' interests, concerns, responses to and concepts of global interdependence, environmental, social, political, philosophic, spiritual, and multicultural issues as they manifest in the classroom, lab, and the world. In view of these topics, we are particularly interested in:

bulletResearch about global awareness employing gifted groups;
bulletCase studies or biographies of gifted individuals for whom some aspect of global awareness is (or was) a defining characteristic;
bulletPedagogic methods or curricular materials designed to respond to or increase gifted student's global awareness;
bulletPsychological, counseling, and spiritual issues and responses to gifted individuals' global awareness, beliefs, fears, and concerns;
bulletTheoretical pieces about global awareness that delineate conceptual frameworks or research agendas; and
bulletTheoretical pieces about the nature of global issues that may influence the development of gifted individuals.

NEW Submission Deadline: December 31st, 2006.  E-mail Catya von Károlyi or Submission guidelines can be obtained by e-mailing ambrose@rider.edu

November 2006  Call for Manuscripts for Advanced Development Journal - Vol. 11: Social Issues of the Gifted

Advanced Development, a juried journal dedicated to issues of gifted adults, is published electronically. We invite manuscripts on this topic but also are open to papers on the general themes of giftedness, advanced development, and undeveloped potential, including but not limited to these areas:

bulletThe role of environment in supporting/hampering personal growth in gifted individuals.
bulletSupport network research. Which models work best for the gifted?
bulletThe perennial issue of “fitting in.” Personal essays invited.
bulletThe phenomenon of resilience: Extraordinary coping.
bulletDistorted social feedback, such as “Gaslighting” and its harmful effects.
bulletSocial activist exemplars.
bulletFeminine styles of leadership.
bulletEntelechy and career choice.
bulletThe extraordinary challenge of gifted parenting.
bulletUncovering therapies: Salvaging buried giftedness.
bulletUnique paths: Individuals who made a difference.
bulletPoetry, vignettes, line drawings, photos.

Manuscripts are welcome at all times. Those received before December 31, 2006 will receive first consideration for Volume 11.  E-mail Betty Maxwell, Editor, or visit Advanced Development for more details.

October 2006  Call for Submissions: Teaching for High Potential 

Teaching for High Potential (THP) is a quarterly publication for teachers, gifted coordinators, and other professionals interested in engaging and challenging gifted students in today's schools. We provide our readers with accessible, classroom-based materials grounded in sound theory and current best practices in the field of gifted education.

bulletCan you provide practical classroom applications of current research, theory, and best practices in the field of gifted education?
bulletAre you proud of the innovative way you address the needs of gifted students in your school or classroom?
bulletHave you created a successful lesson or unit plan that aligns with the NAGC pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards?
bulletDo you have a story to share about your participation in a Javits research study?

If so, we want to hear from you.  Send manuscripts to: Jeffrey S. Danielian, Editor, THP or NAGC, 1707 L St., NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20008, Phone: 202-785-4268, Fax: 202-785-4248

Saturday, October 7  HighBeam Research Offers Free Access to All Premium Articles! 

This coming Saturday, October 7, 2006, the award-winning HighBeam Research Engine (www.highbeam.com) will make its premium online subscription service free for one full day. All visitors will have unlimited access to the full text of more than 35 million premium articles from more than 3,000 magazines, newspapers, academic journals, transcripts, newswires and more – updated daily and going back up to 23 years. Access to premium articles is normally part of a $29.95 a month or $149.95 annual subscription.  Free Saturday will run from 11:00PM CST Friday to 2:00AM CST Sunday.

For gifted educators and parents, HighBeam Research offers journals including Roeper Review, Australian Journal of Education (articles by Miraca Gross), plus lots more!

September 2006 

Mom of highly gifted seven year old girl is seeking parents of other gifted children in the NYC area to help start up a private school (K-6) for the gifted (all levels) here in Manhattan. There are no private schools and few public alternatives for us.

We can do this!

Contact mcn123M@aol.com

August 2006 

Sorry!  Please pardon Hoagies' Gifted Education Page outage of the last 24 hours.  We were the victim of incompetent technical support, not hacking.  In trying to fix a small problem with their server software, GoDaddy accidentally removed our entire site from the Internet!  As of this Saturday morning, Hoagies' Page is no longer hosted at GoDaddy.  In spite of nearly a year's paid service remaining at GoDaddy, after a week of trying to work with their technical support, we determined that it's too great a risk to stay with GoDaddy for hosting.  Our new ISP is 1and1.com where we hope to have no further problems.  Thanks for your patience. -- Carolyn K.

August 2006 


Filmmaker looking for profoundly gifted kids and/or misunderstood geniuses aged 7 to 18 in Southern California for documentary profile.  They can excel in the arts or science or math -- or be bored with school.

We're first looking to chat via email to get a sense of each person's story and unique qualities. The more interesting and surprising life-story the better. Please contact Daniel Snyder at Daniel.Snyder@MercuryProductions.org

Before you reply, consider these sage words: Highly Gifted Children and the Press by Kathi Kearney...

May 2006 How Can You Support Hoagies' Gifted Education Page?

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is one person's labor of love, and the programming is my donation to the gifted community.  However, Hoagies' Page depends on you for funding of physical costs: domains, software, hardware, link-check services, and more.  If you like the resources of  Hoagies' Gifted Education Page, and want to continue to see new topics, new links, new articles and research... please help us with your donation, through Amazon Honor System or PayPal Donate.  Your $25 donation can help provide new content and keep links up-to-date.  Your $50 donation can help provide needed hardware and support services.  Thank you.

Winner of the 2006 PAGE Neuber-Pregler Award!

Early April 2006  Gifted Education Resources including...

Wanted: Emma Cooper is researching for a BBC documentary about gifted children. At this early stage she am interested in talking to as many people as she can within the gifted community, to get a full picture of what it means to be a parent, teacher or care-giver to a gifted child. Her team is keen to understand all aspects of being gifted; the support, promise and potential of these children. If you are interested in an initial chat, in confidence, then please contact emma.cooper@bbc.co.uk or 00 44 207 765 4584.

Hoagies' Note: Hoagies' Page does not condone or condemn contact with the press; each family must make their own decision.  Be sure to read Kathi Kearney's article for more information... Highly Gifted Children and the Press

March 2006

Happy 9th Birthday to
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Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: Winner of the 2005 NAGC Community Service Award


Gifted in the Gulf States: Project Rebuild 2005

NAGC’s Gifted Teacher to Gifted Teacher Hurricane Relief Project

Your G/T colleagues in the most hard-hit areas of Katrina are literally starting from scratch.
You can help!


Winner of the 2005 NAGC Community Service Award!


Free Online K-8, High School and College for Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina!


Contact Your Senator and Representative Now
Urge them to become co-sponsors!

Teacher Preparation Legislation Introduced -- S.493 / H.R. 1156
Legislation has been introduced to amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to help prepare new teachers to recognize and meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students...

In Loving Memory
Brandenn Bremmer
(1990 - 2005)

www.windcallenterprises.com/music.htm for Brandenn's CDs

Youngest-ever grad of Independent Study High School program

Parents struggle with loss of 'child prodigy'

Mid-February Accreditation

A second chance!  Dr. Andrew Mahoney and the Counseling and Guidance Division of NAGC still need our help with their campaign to address the special needs of counseling gifted children in the standards for graduate counseling programs beginning in the year 2008.  Andy's new letter: A Call To Action.  And this time, we can send, phone, fax or e-mail cacrep@cacrep.org our letters of support!  Please copy all correspondence to Andy Mahoney, for coordination of efforts. 

Mid-December Plea!

Since rescuing ERIC Clearinghouse for Exceptional Children (ERICEC) on January 1 2004, Hoagies' Gifted Education Page has more than doubled in size... and this year's link-check service bill has done the same, now $449/year!  Hoagies' Page receives no government or private support for maintaining ERICEC, nor updating its links (nor for anything else).  Please support Hoagies' Page through your individual donations, as well as your purchases through our affiliates links, so that I can go on providing the most accurate and up-to-date links on ALL of Hoagies' Gifted Education Pages.  Thank you.

Mid-July 2004 Accreditation (write by September!)

Dr. Andrew Mahoney and the Counseling and Guidance Division of NAGC need our help with their campaign to address the special needs of counseling gifted children in the standards for graduate counseling programs beginning in the year 2008.  Andy's letter: Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and 2008 Standards Revision Process.

Please send personal letters of support and testimony for this need to CACREP at CACREP Standards Review Committee, CACREP, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304.  If you belong to or head an organization, please send formal letters of endorsement.  Please copy all correspondence to Andy Mahoney, for coordination of efforts 

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