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The 10 most commonly asked questions about highly gifted children Recommended by Kathi Kearney
Who are the highly gifted?  How many are there?  How do I know??  These and many other questions answered...
Ability Grouping Recommended a Position Paper of the National Association for Gifted Children, in Grouping Gifted Children
NAGC wishes to reaffirm the importance of grouping for instruction of gifted students. Grouping allows for more appropriate, rapid, and advanced instruction, which matches the rapidly developing skills and capabilities of gifted students...
Acceleration Recommended a Position Statement of the National Association for Gifted Children, in Academic Acceleration
Educational acceleration is one of the cornerstones of exemplary gifted education practices, with more research supporting this intervention than any other in the literature on gifted individuals...
Acceleration Recommended by David Elkind
The author of "The Hurried Child" speaks out in favor of academic acceleration for intellectually gifted children!
Achievement Trap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families Recommended by Joshua S. Wyner, John M. Bridgeland, John J. DiIulio, Jr., A Report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation & Civic Enterprises with original research by Westat, in Gifted Students At Risk
There are far fewer lower-income students achieving at the highest levels than there should be, they disproportionately fall out of the high-achieving group during elementary and high school, they rarely rise into  the ranks of high achievers during those periods, and, perhaps most disturbingly, far too few ever graduate from college or go on to graduate school. [It] is not that high-achieving students from lower-income backgrounds are suffering more than other lower-income students, but that their talents are similarly under-nurtured... (requires Adobe Reader)
Acronyms, Terms, and other things we need to know... Recommended collected by Carolyn K.
My hg ds is si and v/s...  Translation, please?
ADAAA becomes law, strengthens 504 & ADA Recommended COPAA, September 25, 2008
The ADAAA overturns a decade of jurisprudence that has barred the door to ADA eligibility for many people with disabilities, including epilepsy, diabetes, intellectual and developmental disabilities, muscular dystrophy, and cancer, among many others. The reforms in the law will apply to both the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act...  Read the full ADAAA (ADAAA requires Adobe Reader)
Are gifted children getting lost in the shuffle? 30-year study reveals clues to the exceptional child’s journey Recommended
Gifted children are likely to be the next generation’s innovators and leaders—yet the exceptionally smart are often invisible in the classroom, lacking the curricula, teacher input and external motivation to reach full potential. This conclusion comes as the result of the largest scientific study of the profoundly gifted to date, a 30-year study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development...
Are you Quick Smart or Multiple Thought Impaired? (The Positives of having ADD) Recommended, in Attention Deficit (AD/HD)
I’m tall, I’m right-handed, and I have a short attention span. None of these traits need to be fixed. Let’s take a look at some people whose biographies or life history indicate strong ADD or ADHD behaviors.  [list of great achievers]  It sounds to me that if someone says that you have ADD you should consider it a compliment.  Scroll a little further, and be sure to read Carolyn's story!  And don't miss The Results Project bumper sticker: Your honor roll student will be working for my Quick Smart Kid
Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education Recommended a TED Talk
Mathematician Art Benjamin offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age...
Assessing Gifted Children Recommended by Julia B. Osborn
Testing versus assessment. These two activities are frequently discussed together and criticized together, when, in fact, they are quite different
Attention Deficit Disorder Resources Recommended, in Attention Deficit (AD/HD)
Non-profit organization (based in Puget Sound WA, but membership world-wide) dedicated to sharing ADD resources.  Particularly good collection of adult ADD resources - read Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults.  Don't miss their great article collection, starting with From Assessment to Treatment: Developing a Comprehensive Plan to Help Your Child with ADHD (both articles by Sam Goldstein)...
Before referring a gifted child for ADD/ADHD evaluation Recommended by Sharon Lind, in Attention Deficit (AD/HD)
Parents and gifted educators are asked with increased frequency to instruct gifted children to conform to a set of societal standards of acceptable behavior and achievement -- to smooth the edges of the square peg in order to fit into a "normal" hole. An extension of this trend is reflected in an increase in referrals for medical evaluation of gifted children as ADD/ADHD. To avoid mislabeling gifted children, parents and educators may want to complete the following check list to help them decide to refer for medical or psychological evaluation...
Benny and Me: A Father Sees Himself Through his Aspergers Son Recommended by Mike Postma
A father's story, Asperger's through the unique view of a gifted and talented educator and his son...
Beyond Ritalin: Facts About Medication and Other Strategies for Helping Children, Adolescents, and Adults With Attention Deficit Disorders Recommended by Garber, Garber and Spizman, in Attention Deficit (AD/HD)
For everyone concerned with ADHD, for those wary of medication, for those who want to know more about Ritalin...
The Calculus Trap Recommended by Richard Rusczyk
The gifted, interested student should be exposed to mathematics outside the core curriculum, because the standard curriculum is not designed for the top students.  Rather than learning more and more tools, avid students are better off learning how to take tools they have and apply them to complex problems. Then later, when they learn the more advanced tools of curricular education, applying them to even more complicated problems will come more easily...
The Care and Feeding of Gifted Parent Groups: A Guide for Gifted Coordinators, Teachers, and Parent Advocates Recommended by Wenda Sheard
12 quick steps to form an effective advocacy group... (requires Adobe Reader)
Caring for Your Introvert: The habits and needs of a little-understood group Recommended by Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic, in Personality Type
Science has learned a good deal in recent years about the habits and requirements of introverts. It has even learned, by means of brain scans, that introverts process information differently from other people (I am not making this up). If you are behind the curve on this important matter, be reassured that you are not alone...
College Results Online Recommended by The Education Trust, in (Early) College Planning and Success Stories
Compare college statistics, including graduation rates, record of diverse graduates, size, SAT scores, costs, and more...
Columbus Cheetah, Myth Buster Recommended on Sprite's Site
Disproving the top ten myths of giftedness via Stephanie Tolan's wonderful essay, Is It A Cheetah? Recommended  Scroll to the bottom to start with Myth #1...
Competing with myths about the social and emotional development of gifted students Recommended by Tracy Cross, in Social / Emotional Aspects of Giftedness
As a wise person (Lao Tsu) once said, "Nothing is more difficult than competing with a myth." Doing so, however, can create tremendous opportunities for people. Myth 1. Gifted students should be with students their own age...
The Concept of Grouping in Gifted Education In Search of Reality: Unraveling the Myths about Tracking, Ability Grouping and the Gifted Recommended by Ellen D. Fiedler, Richard E. LAnge and Susan Winebrenner, in Roeper Review  (available from Highbeam.com, by subscription, or free trial), in Grouping Gifted Children
Research offers answers to many common myths.  Myth #2: Ability grouping is elitist.  Myth #3: Ability grouping inevitably discriminates against racial and ethnic minority students.  Myth #4: Gifted students will make it on their own; grouping them by ability does not result in improved learning or achievement for them.  Myth #6: Assuring that there are some gifted students in all classrooms will provide positive role models for others and will automatically improve the classroom climate...
Creativity as an Elusive Factor in Giftedness Recommended by Joyce VanTassel-Baska
Creativity is an elusive factor in its relationship to giftedness. Many writers have alluded to the necessary but insufficient component of high intelligence to activate creativity and the reality that many high IQ people are not creative. So what is creativity and how do we foster it in children and young adults?
Davidson Institute Guidebooks Recommended, in Gifted Advocacy
Davidson Institute offers free guidebooks for parents and other gifted education advocates, to improve their advocacy efforts.  Don't miss these great resources!  Currently available guidebooks include:  (Guidebooks require Adobe Reader)
bullet Advocating for Exceptionally Gifted Young People: A Guidebook,
bullet Considering the Options: A Guidebook for Investigating Early College Entrance (Parent Version),
bullet Considering the Options: A Guidebook for Investigating Early College Entrance (Student Version),
bulletConsidering the Options: A Guidebook for Investigating Gap Year Opportunities and
bullet Mentorship: A Guidebook

Dear Colleague Letter: Access by Students with Disabilities to Accelerated Programs Recommended by Stephanie Monroe, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), in Twice Exceptional
Recognizing the different levels and kinds of giftedness, Lovecky provides insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with various learning difficulties.  Guides parents and professionals through diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behavior and relationships at home and at school... or Amazon.co.uk
Differentiation: Asset or Liability for Gifted Education? Recommended by Sandra L. Kaplan, in Gifted Child Today ($), in Differentiation of Instruction
The proliferation of definitions and practices related to differentiation has resulted in the overpopularization and subsequent diffusion of the term.  The question is whether the idea of differentiation is at the point when it has lost its vitality for gifted students.  But even now, educators of the gifted can use the popularity of the concept of differentiation as an important catalyst to support the education of gifted students as long as they are clear about the intent of differentiation and the elements that must be included in defining the concept in order for it to be an asset to gifted students...
Distinguishing Myths From Realities: NRC/GT Research Recommended Marcia Gentry and Karen Kettle, in Identification of Gifted Children and Arguments and Red Herrings
This quick summary dispels, with research citations, many of the major myths about educating gifted children!
The Divergent Thinker Recommended by Deidre V. Lovecky
Divergent thinkers have a real preference for unusual, original and idiosyncratic responses. Being a divergent thinker irritates and upsets other people who often feel the divergent one should sit down and shut up, and wonder why he or she can't just be like everyone else. It does not occur to most people that the divergent thinker can't stop being divergent. One cannot blend into a crowd if the crowd is so different from oneself that it is not camouflage. It's like trying to hide an elephant in a flock of chickens by telling the elephant to squat down and cluck a lot...
Do Grades or Standardized Test Scores Make the Student? Recommended, in Gifted Education
If you have a very bright student, home-school him. My son was reading a college-level book in third grade. Academically, we figured he'd learn and grow regardless of the environment. We believed childhood should include high school sports teams and clubs... We decided to leave him in public school.  To minimize frustration, we focused my son on learning, not grades. If he could get a 100 on an exam without doing the homework, we believed his time was better spent doing another activity in which he actually learned something...
Don’t let 20/20 hindsight happen to you Recommended University of Michigan Health Minute update, in Depression and Suicide
Everyone needs to be on the lookout for warning signs of teen suicide, say grieving parents and a U-M psychologist.   The warning signs of suicidal thoughts in young people are often confused with the “normal” experiences of the teen years. But it is possible to learn to identify the signs of risk...
Dyslexic Advantage - Famous People with Dyslexia Recommended
Fostering the gifts and talents of all people with dyslexia. Read vignettes on amazing people and who they really are...
The Edge Annual Question — 2008:  When thinking changes your mind, that's philosophy.  When God changes your mind, that's faith.  When facts change your mind, that's science.  What have you changed your mind about? Why?  Science is based on evidence. What happens when the data change? How have scientific findings or arguments changed your mind? Recommended, in  Readings on Gifted Children
From The Times: "Science has second thoughts about life.  Even the world’s best brains have to admit to being wrong sometimes: here, leading scientists respond to a new year challenge"  Read the changes, including those of Howard Gardner Wrestling with Piaget, my Paragon, and many other great thinkers of our time...
Educational Therapy for the Gifted: The Chicago Approach Recommended by Leland Baska
While all mental health professionals who work for schools would like to provide unconditional assistance in meeting their client's needs, the job description for such individuals in public schools often interferes with a strict adherence to this practice. Case loads are heavy, and the roles to be performed many. What kind of counseling, then, can be delivered in a public school context?
The effects of acceleration on the social and emotional development of gifted students Recommended by Lynn Pollins, in Social / Emotional Aspects of Giftedness
The potential effects of acceleration on the social and emotional development of gifted students were examined from two perspectives.  No study, regardless of its orientation on these dimensions, has demonstrated any permanent or significant negative effects of acceleration on social and emotional development. There is no validity to the argument that acceleration is harmful to the social and emotional development of gifted youths...
The elephant in the classroom Recommended by Ellis Page and Timothy Keith, in Grouping Gifted Children and Gifted Students At Risk
Schooling in a homogeneous group of students appears to have a positive effect on high-ability students' achievements, and even stronger effects on the achievements of high-ability minority youth. Grouping does not seem to affect negatively the achievements of low-ability youth. Indeed, ability grouping seems to have no consistent negative effects on any group or any outcome we studied.  We assert that ability grouping may have positive effects on gifted students' learning, the most important educational outcome, and that these effects seem particularly powerful on gifted minority youth...
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education Recommended
Now available directly on Hoagies' Gifted Education Page...
Education Research Information Clearinghouse (ERIC EC) provides digests (research summaries) on a wide variety of topics related to the education of disabled gifted children, plus FAQ's, bibliographies, and more
Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted Students: An Underserved Population Recommended by Miraca Gross
Our task as educators is to place the extremely, gifted child in the environment that will least restrict her opportunities for socialization. Research suggests that the inclusion classroom, with age peers, may not be the most appropriate environment.
Executive Function Primer Recommended by Musings of an Aspie
A short (4 part) explanation of just what Executive Function (EF) is... 
Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals Recommended by James T. Webb
Persons of higher intellectual ability are more prone to experience existential depression spontaneously...
Indecent Exposure Does the Media Exploit Highly Gifted Children? Recommended by Elizabeth Meckstroth and Kathi Kearney
Whether the media exposure is accidental, or by choice, families of highly gifted children must be careful, and aware of their actions and responsibilities when dealing with the media and their highly gifted children.  Handy advice for all parents...
Factors in the Social Adjustment and Social Acceptability of Extremely Gifted Children Recommended by Miraca Gross, in Social / Emotional Aspects of Giftedness
Whereas ability grouping with age-peers, or a moderate degree of acceleration, may be an appropriate response to the academic and social needs of moderately gifted students, they are not adequate to the needs of the exceptionally and profoundly gifted. Extremely gifted students require a carefully designed and monitored program of radical acceleration, linked to ability grouping and individualized instruction...
First-Year College Performance: A Study of Home School Graduates and Traditional School Graduates Recommended by Paul Jones and Gene Gloeckner, in Home Schooling Gifted Children
Families who home school their children should not feel that the education they are providing is inferior to the traditional K-12 education of their neighborhood peers. Although not statistically significant, the average first-year GPAs, credits earned in the first year, ACT Composite test scores, and ACT English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science and Reasoning subtests for home school graduates were all higher than traditional high school graduates... (requires Adobe Reader)
Fitting In and Speaking Out Recommended by Martin
A boy's speech to his 5th grade class, about his Asperger's Syndrome...
From "the saddest sound" to the D Major chord: The gift of accelerated progression Recommended by Miraca Gross
Although the academic acceleration of gifted and talented students is probably the most comprehensively studied and evaluated of all educational interventions, many teachers are reluctant to accelerate gifted students for fear they will suffer social or emotional damage. Yet research suggests that "the bird that's tethered to the ground" is at much greater risk of social isolation and emotional maladjustment through inappropriate grade placement with age-peers
Free Online High School Courses Recommended
Originally compiled for high schooling victims of Hurricane Katrina, these free resources offer high school courses for schooled, and homeschooled students alike
Gifted Education Left Behind Recommended The School Administrator, February 2007 feature issue, in Gifted Education
This complete issue of The School Administrator, journal of the American Association of School Administrators on Gifted Education includes articles by administrators, gifted researchers, and gifted education advocates.  There are a variety of successful ways to serve gifted students.  Administrators, you can make the difference between serving and failing the gifted...
Gifted Education: Let's Do It Recommended a YouTube advocacy piece
An overview of the importance of programs for young people who are gifted and talented. Educators, administrators, and professionals from across Kentucky weigh in on what needs to be done to support this important population of students... but it applies in every state and country!
Gifted Education Professional Development Package Recommended by Miraca U.M. Gross, Caroline Merrick, Ruth Targett, Graham Chaffey, Bronwyn MacLeod, Stan Bailey, in Professional Development
Essential information a teacher needs to understand the nature of giftedness and talent; what the terms mean; levels and types of giftedness; subjective and objective identification procedures; social and emotional characteristics and needs of gifted students; underachievement;  teaching strategies and methods of curriculum differentiation to enhance the learning of gifted students in the mainstream classroom; practical strategies for the establishment and monitoring of ability, achievement or interest grouping in classes, and the many forms of accelerated progression through schooling...
Gifted Kids at Risk: Who's Listening? Recommended by Pat Schuler, Creative Insights, in Social / Emotional Aspects of Giftedness and Gifted Adolescents
It is time to say clearly: bright kids are not better, yet they are different; and because they are, they face different issues
Gifted LD: Just the FAQs Recommended by LDinfo, in Twice Exceptional
What is a gifted LD student? Are there many gifted LD students? How and when are gifted LD students identified? Is it easy to assess LD in a gifted student? Are special education services necessary for gifted LD students? Are there any services available other than special education? How does a learning disability affect a gifted student outside of school? Do gifted LD students tend to have any special emotional or behavioral issues? What should a parent do?
Giftedness: The view from within Recommended by Martha Morelock, in Identification of Gifted Children and Social / Emotional Aspects of Giftedness
Martha Morelock introduces the Columbus Group's definition of giftedness as asynchronous development, along with a developmental picture of giftedness that extends beyond achievement
Gifted Readers and Reading Instruction Recommended by David Levande, in Differentiation of Instruction
The greater the ability in reading, the greater the need for a special program commensurate with that ability
   Recommended   The number one resource for all kinds of information about exceptionally and profoundly gifted children, from development to education, identification to programs, special Interests, organizations, and more...  By the Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Gifted Kids at Risk: Who's Listening? Recommended by Pat Schuler, Creative Insights
It is time to say clearly: bright kids are not better, yet they are different; and because they are, they face different issues...
A Guidebook for Twice Exceptional Students: Supporting the Achievement of Gifted Students with Special Needs Recommended from Montgomery County Public School Department of Curriculum and Instruction, in Twice Exceptional
To assist staff, parents, and the students in understanding the identification process and in accessing appropriate instruction.  Covers identification, framework for success, interventions, and more... (requires Adobe Reader)
Harcourt Assessment WISC-IV Technical Report #4 General Ability Index Recommended, in Inventory of Tests
GAI removes lower Short Term Memory and Processing Speed scores from the full scale score, resulting in a score more highly correlated to giftedness... (requires Adobe Reader)
Harcourt Assessment WISC-IV Technical Report #7 WISC–IV Extended Norms Recommended, in Inventory of Tests
Extended norms are useful when a child’s score is the maximum (ceiling) on two or more subtests (e.g., obtains scaled scores of 18 or 19 points)... (requires Adobe Reader)
High-Achieving Students in the Era of NCLB Recommended the Fordham Institute on results of NAEP studies, by Tom Loveless, Steve Farkas and Ann Duffett with forward by Chester Finn and Michael Petrill, in Gifted Education
While the nation’s lowest-achieving youngsters made rapid gains from 2000 to 2007, the performance of top students was languid.  This pattern—big gains for low achievers and lesser ones for high achievers—is associated with the introduction of accountability systems in general, not just NCLB.  In spite of teachers' own personal beliefs, low-achieving students receive dramatically more attention from teachers.  Low-income, black, and Hispanic high achievers were more likely than low achievers to be taught by experienced teachers... (requires Adobe Reader) Also read Laura Vanderkam's blog on the report Did NCLB hurt gifted students?
High-Tech Teaching Success! A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Innovative Technology in Your Classroom Recommended edited by Kevin D. Besnoy and Lane W. Clarke (or from Amazon)
Gives classroom teachers advice from technology education experts on how the latest tools and software can be implemented into lesson plans to create differentiated, exciting curriculum for all learners.  Focused on implementing technology in the four core areas of learning — math, science, language arts, and social studies...
The Highly Gifted Recommended by Kathi Kearney
Understanding Our Gifted columns, from 1988 to 1990.  Topics include School Placement, The Early College Option, Highly Gifted Children In Isolated Rural Areas, Advocating for Highly Gifted Children, and many more...
Homeschooling with Profoundly Gifted Kids Recommended by Kathryn Finn, in Home Schooling Gifted Children
At the very least, parents of profoundly gifted children will need to enrich the educational experiences their children receive from standard schools. At the most, they assume responsibility for the whole learning process...  An excerpt from High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
How Can I Prepare My Child for Testing? Recommended by Aimee Yermish, in Testing and Assessment
There are some important things that kids should know about the tests before they take them...  Here are some ideas to prepare your child for the experience of taking an individualized IQ or achievement test...
How legitimate is the Flynn effect for the gifted? Recommended by John D. Wasserman, George Mason University, in Testing and Assessment
Flynn effect has not yet been adequately demonstrated for all levels of ability; there is some support for its validity with low ability individuals (e.g., those with intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities) but there is no substantive evidence for its validity with high ability individuals (particularly those who are intellectually gifted)...
How to Tell if Your Child Is Gifted Recommended by  Brett Singer
Most parents think their kids are brilliant. But is your child gifted? And what does "gifted" mean anyway?
I never wanted to be one of THOSE moms Recommended by Barbara Cooper, in On A Lighter Note...
I don’t want to sound like one of those horrible stage mothers – frankly, I was in denial about all this. But my oldest daughter is a pretty special child. I mean, ALL children are special but she’s special in a quantifiable way.  But...
And then there is The Apology.  Why do we feel we have to apologize for what our children are, for what we are?
Individual Instruction Menu for Gifted Children Recommended by Joyce VanTassel-Baska
Recommendations are intended for consideration by those who know the child well and can make informed decisions about the relevance and practical application of a recommendation to an individual child's aptitude, interest, and needs...
Inside-Out: Understanding the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children Recommended by Linda Kreger Silverman
Giftedness creates a different organization of the Self. Gifted children and adults feel cut off from the rest of society—out of sync.
bullet- “Why do you make everything so complicated?”
bullet- “Why do you take everything so seriously?”
bullet- “Why is everything so important to you?”
Dr. Pat Gatto-Walden calls these “the terrible toos”: The gifted are “too” everything: too sensitive, too intense, too driven, too honest, too idealist, too moral, too perfectionistic, too much for other people! So they live with the great secret, instilled from early childhood on, that there is something inherently wrong with being who they are because they don’t fit in...
Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (IRPA) Recommended, in Academic Acceleration
A new Templeton Foundation grant creates this clearinghouse for new and continuing research on gifted acceleration...
Internet Investigations Recommended
Free full curriculum libraries and units available right on the Internet, including units in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Science, the Arts, and lots more!
CheetahIs It A Cheetah? Recommended, in Metaphorically Speaking
Stephanie Tolan's classic essay on the characteristics of a gifted child in a regular classroom (Running cheetah graphic courtesy of Diane Scanlon)
It Isn't Easy Being a Genius Recommended by Jim Collins, New York Times, in Social / Emotional Aspects of Giftedness
LET me begin by making something very clear: I'm not a genius. Tomorrow, 25 people are going to find themselves making similar protestations - at least most of them are ... here's a little insight into what the new fellows experienced over the last few days and what they're going to have to deal with...
Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools Recommended Center for Education, in Mathematically Gifted
Results of a 2-year effort by a National Research Council (NRC) committee to examine programs for advanced study of mathematics and science in U.S. high schools. The committee focused on the two most widely recognized programs in the United States, and the only two of national scope: Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). The committee also identified alternatives to IB and AP and addressed specific questions about advanced study...
The Least-Worst Educational Option Recommended by Carolyn K.
As parents, we are faced with many choices regarding our children.  What's the best choice?  Sometimes it's easy - one choice is clearly "better" than another.  But many times, the choice is not so obvious...
Leave No Gifted Child Behind Recommended by Susan Goodkin, Washington Post, in Gifted Education
Conspicuously missing from the debate over the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is a discussion of how it has hurt many of our most capable children. By forcing schools to focus their time and funding almost entirely on bringing low-achieving students up to proficiency, NCLB sacrifices the education of the gifted students who will become our future biomedical researchers, computer engineers and other scientific leaders...
Legend of the Pink Monkey Recommended retold by Cici Clovis, in On A Lighter Note...
Us Pink Monkeys have a tough time finding one another...
Life Among the 'Yakkity Yaks' Recommended an interview with Temple Grandin, The Wall Street Journal, in Asperger's Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
'Who do you think made the first stone spear?" asks Temple Grandin. "That wasn't the yakkity yaks sitting around the campfire. It was some Asperger sitting in the back of a cave figuring out how to chip rocks into spearheads. Without some autistic traits you wouldn't even have a recording device to record this conversation on..."
Math Curricula: How Do They Work for Gifted Kids? Recommended
The question is often asked: How does my district's math curriculum work for gifted kids?  Here are some of the answers...
Math is not linear and Playing to Learn Recommended Prezi presentations
Learn how we can make math more interesting for our students, and why it should be this way. A Prezi is a non-linear presentation...
A Mathematician’s Lament Recommended by Paul Lockhart
If I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done— I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soulcrushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education. Everyone knows that something is wrong...
Mayhem in the Middle: How Middle Schools Have Failed America - and how to make them work Recommended by Cheri Pierson Yecke, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, in Gifted in Middle School
Those [middle schools] that embraced middle schoolism have lost their way. Middle schoolism is partially based on the now-discredited theory... that teaching complex material during that period will have damaging effects. It is time for a thorough reform of middle grade education, including a new focus on high standards, discipline, and accountability for student achievement... (requires Adobe Reader)
The "me" behind the mask: Intellectually gifted students and the search for identity Recommended by Miraca Gross, in Social / Emotional Aspects of Giftedness
To be valued within a peer culture which values conformity, gifted young people may mask their giftedness and develop alternative identities which are perceived as more socially acceptable. The weaving of this protective mask requires the gifted child to conceal her love of learning, her interests which differ from those of age-peers, and her advanced moral development. If this assumed identity does indeed bring her the social acceptance she seeks, the gifted child may become afraid to take off her mask...
Meeting the Needs of High Ability and High Potential Learners in the Middle Grades: A Joint Position Statement of the National Middle School Association and the National Association for Gifted Children Recommended, in Gifted in Middle School
Curriculum and Instruction: Advanced middle grade learners thus require consistent opportunities to work at degrees of challenge somewhat beyond their particular readiness levels, with support necessary to achieve at the new levels of proficiency... (requires Adobe Reader)
Misperceptions About Giftedness Diagnosis of ADHD and Other Disorders Recommended by Deirdre V. Lovecky
This article reviews some of the research about gifted children and mental health disorders. There are three main issues:
  1. The Issue of Misdiagnosis: Are gifted children being misdiagnosed as having mental disorders like ADHD when they do not?
  2. The Issue of Prevalence: What is the likelihood of a gifted child having a mental disorder like ADHD?
  3. The Issue of Maladjustment: Are gifted children more prone to having particular mental disorders than the average population?
Motivational Paralysis Recommended by Anna Caveney, in Gifted Underachievement
Poor motivational health - an acquired form of self-sabotage that mystifies observers and humiliates suffers... [handouts from Anna's presentation]
A Myth About College Planning: It's Not Too Early to Start! Recommended by Avis Wright
A college planning checklist for middle school students and their parents, from knowing your support personnel to studying the right subjects to moving ahead with accelerated learning, distance education and advanced classes.  Time management and study skills are another important detail, and...
Myths about Gifted Students Recommended by Joyce VanTassel-Baska
Top ten myths and their realities, including references and resources.  #1 They are aloof, proud of their own abilities, and care little for others.  #3 They do not need special programs as they will be able to perform at high levels regardless.  #5: They benefit from being the second teacher in the room, tutoring others in greater need than themselves. And, Myth #6: They work well in randomly assigned groups to ensure that the work gets done correctly... (requires Adobe Reader)
The Myths of Gifted Education: A Contemporary View Recommended an issue of NAGC's Gifted Child Quarterly (FREE for a limited time)
More than 25 years after myths about gifted education were first explored in GCQ, all 15 myths of 1982 are still with us and new ones have been added. ...
A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students Recommended The Templeton National Report on Acceleration (Free, download from this link!), Differentiation of Instruction, Gifted Education and Academic Acceleration
Acceleration is a powerful educational ally, but it’s a strategy that requires participation of parents as well as sensitivity to individual needs and circumstances. For that reason, this report is designed not only to persuade readers of the value of acceleration, but also to help schools administer acceleration programs effectively...
Also read the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) reply Acceleration in Schools: A Call to Action
A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students Recommended
The follow-up volume to A Nation Deceived Recommended. A Nation Empowered "informs educators, parents, and policy makers of current research on acceleration, how that information has been applied to educational policy throughout the nation, and how educators can use the findings to make decisions for their brightest students."
National Parenting Gifted Children Week Blog Tours | Hoagies' Gifted Recommended
Read the great blogs posts, part of SENG & NAGC's National Parenting Gifted Children Week each July!
Nonverbal Learning Disorders Recommended by Sue Thompson, in Nonverbal Learning Disorder
We are all familiar with "non-verbal communication," but few professionals have been specifically trained to look for deficits in this area. Although intelligence measures are designed to evaluate both the verbal and nonverbal aspects of intelligence, educators tend to ignore evidence of nonverbal deficiencies in students. Or worse, they brand students with nonverbal learning disabilities as "problem" children...
On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children Recommended by Tracy Cross (or from Amazon)
A compilation of Tracy Cross' columns from Gifted Child Today in a single book. What we know, and what we don't know about the social and emotional issues facing gifted children. Now updated with new information and research...
The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy Recommended
The U.S. must mobilize for excellence in mathematics and science education so that all students — not just a select few, or those fortunate enough to attend certain schools — achieve much higher levels of math and science learning. Over the coming decades, today’s young people will depend on the skills and knowledge developed from learning math and science to analyze problems, imagine solutions, and bring productive new ideas into being. The nation’s capacity to innovate for economic growth and the ability of American workers to thrive in the global economy depend on a broad foundation of math and science learning...
Optimum Intelligence: My Experience as a Too Gifted Adult... Recommended by Carolyn K., in Gifted Adults
I know too much. I remember too much. I learn too quickly. I make people uncomfortable. And it's hard to hide these things. I try. But it's hard to spend your life hiding...
OSEP Policy Letter Re: Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Recommended, in Twice Exceptional
For a child to be eligible for services under Part B under the specific learning disability category, there must be a severe discrepancy between the child's achievement and intellectual ability in one or more of the following areas: oral expression, listening comprehension, written expression, basic reading skill, reading comprehension, mathematics calculation, or mathematics reasoning. No mention is made in the regulations of any exclusions solely on the basis of intelligence. All children, except those specifically excluded in the regulations, regardless of I.Q., are eligible to be considered as having a specific learning disability, if they meet the eligibility requirements...
Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Learners Recommended a monograph co-sponsored by NAGC with the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, and funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, in Gifted Students At Risk
This monograph provides the field of gifted education with a blueprint for working in schools with children of poverty, for activating community-based opportunities for them, and for forging new partnerships and collaborative with universities and other agencies to deliver relevant services... (requires Adobe Reader)  Also available in print version, High Potential Learners in Low Income Settings

Parents' Perspectives of Early College Entrance For Profoundly Gifted Children: Readiness Issues and 1st College Class Options and Testing for Admittance and Choosing Enrollment Options Recommended by Beth Wright, in (Early) College Planning and Success Stories
A comprehensive look at early college, from soup to nuts!
Parallel Play Recommended by Tim Page, in The New Yorker, in Asperger's Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
We are informally referred to as “Aspies,” and if we are not very, very good at something we tend to do it very poorly. Little in life comes naturally—except for our random, inexplicable, and often uncontrollable gifts—and, even more than most children, we assemble our personalities unevenly, piece by piece, almost robotically, from models we admire. (I remember the deliberate decision to appropriate one teacher’s mischievous grin and darting eyes, which I found so charming that I thought they might work for me, too.)
Plateauing Recommended by Draper Kaufman, in Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs)
They tell me that my child has "hit a plateau" and his learning pace has leveled off, and the other kids will now "catch up." What does this really mean?
"Play Partner" or "Sure Shelter"? Why gifted children prefer older friends.. Recommended by Miraca Gross, in Social / Emotional Aspects of Giftedness
A recent Australian study compared conceptions of friendship held by average ability students, moderately gifted and highly gifted primary school students. Average ability display age-appropriate development, associating friendship with sharing of material goods, reciprocal assistance with common play interests. Gifted children, however, display friendship expectations which usually characterise children some years older, associating friendship with trust, intimacy and the sharing of deep confidences. Highly gifted children particularly seek fidelity, and friends who will accept them as they are - the "sure shelter"
Radical acceleration and early entry to college: A review of the research Recommended by Miraca U.M. Gross, in Gifted Child Quarterly, in Academic Acceleration and (Early) College Planning and Success Stories
Research provides strong support for the use of thoughtfully planned and monitored radical acceleration as a process allowing educators to respond to the academic and affective needs of a significant subgroup of the gifted population. These students earn higher GPAs, and they are more likely to complete college on time or early, earn general and departmental honors, make the dean's list, enter graduate school, engage in research, and embark on prestigious careers. Research also documents positive outcomes for social and emotional development...
Radical Acceleration of Highly Gifted Children: An Annotated Bibliography of International Research Recommended by Miraca U.M. Gross and Helen E. vanVliet, a Templeton Foundation grant project, in Academic Acceleration
The first-ever annotated bibliography of international research on highly gifted children who graduate from high school three or more years early.  Tidbits include "Educators who most actively supported acceleration were those individuals who had received some training in gifted education. Those who were most vocal in their opposition admitted to having no such training," "In all studies the attitudes of students towards acceleration were positive both in terms of their academic needs and their social and emotional needs. Students in all three studies reported high levels of satisfaction, academically and emotionally, when the curriculum was challenging and provided them with options, and when they were allowed a voice in its design and execution," and "The percentage of individuals married was about the same for men in all groups, with a slightly higher rate of marriage for highly accelerated men. Women who were members of the highly accelerated group were less likely to marry. Separations and divorces occurred less often among the highly accelerated subjects." (requires Adobe Reader)
Reading Levels of Children's Books: How Can You Tell? Recommended by Carolyn K., in Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs) and Differentiation of Instruction
What is the reading level of this book my child is reading? The answers may confuse you...
Recent Brain Research for Teachers & Other Curious Souls (2013 update) Recommended by Wenda Sheard
After a background in critiquing research, learn about dozens of recent research studies of the brain, and what they show. Updated for all the great new research through 2013, don't miss this informative collection of research.. (PowerPoint presentation, click to download viewer)
Research Synthesis on Gifted Provisions Recommended by Karen Rogers, in Grouping Gifted Children and Differentiation of Instruction
Dr. Karen Rogers updates (1999) her earlier synthesis of what the research says about gifted educational provisions.  Essential gifted education provisions are listed, along with their effect on students when comparing to other gifted students...
A Response to the "All Children are Gifted" Comment Recommended A speech delivered at the Indiana Association for the Gifted 1998 Annual Conference, by Michael C. Thompson, in Gifted Education
These are the times that try gifted educators’ souls.  These are the times when gifted education is under attack as never before.  It is not unusual for gifted education to come under attack. Gifted education has frequently been the target of opposition and misunderstanding, such as the confounded idea that equity is threatened by the excellence of gifted education, when everyone knows that historically, excellent minds have always been in the vanguard of the demand for equity. 
What is unusual, what tries our souls at this moment in the history of gifted education, is that gifted education is under intellectual attack, an intellectual attack aimed at its very foundation.  For perhaps the first time in many of our careers, we are hearing scholars and educators question whether gifted education is even valid, whether gifted children even exist...  Also read All Children Are Gifted Recommended also by Michael C. Thompson
Role Models...Recommended collected by Carolyn K.
bulletGrade Skipped and Successful Individuals who skipped one or more grades, and are successful in their fields... from scientist to actress to sports professional to Nobel Prize winners...
bullet Notable Homeschoolers So many children throughout modern history have been home schooled, and then become highly successful members of our society...
bullet2e = Exceptional Squared! Successful people who have capitalized on their exceptional learning styles!
Scholastic BookWizard BookAlike Recommended, in Reading Lists
Find books at a similar level to books your child is already reading... a handy tool!
Seeking Teachers for Gifted Children Recommended by Tamara Fisher, in Unwrapping the Gifted
If you are a teacher, chances are extremely slim that you learned any extensive information about or strategies for gifted students when you were in your teacher-prep classes.  Of our thousands of higher education institutions in America, only seventy-seven of them offer coursework in gifted education... Then read Seeking Teachers for Gifted Children Part 2
Selection of Candidates for Early Admission to Kindergarten and First Grade Recommended by Nancy Robinson & L. Weimer, in Early (or Late) Kindergarten
Achieving an optimal match between child and challenge is a test of its own for parents and teachers...  There is plenty of evidence, as we shall see, that bright children carefully selected for early entrance tend to do very well indeed, both academically and socially.  Why, then, is this option utilized so infrequently?
The Silent Epidemic Recommended A report by John M. Bridgeland, John J. DiIulio and Karen Burke Morison of Civic Enterprises (requires Adobe Reader), in Gifted Students At Risk
Dropouts say their schools expected too little of them by Greg Tuppo, USA Today
Most Dropouts Leave School Due to Boredom, Lack of Encouragement, Report Finds
Commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the report, The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts, found that nearly 50 percent of 470 dropouts surveyed said they left school because their classes were boring and not relevant to their lives or career aspirations...
Small poppies: Highly gifted children in the early years Recommended by Miraca Gross, in Highly, Exceptionally, and Profoundly Gifted
Highly gifted children are frequently placed at risk in the early years of school through misidentification, inappropriate grade-placement and a seriously inadequate curriculum. Additional factors are their own early awareness, that they differ from their age-peers, and their consequent attempts to conceal their ability for peer acceptance...
Smart as We Can Get?: Gains on certain tests of intelligence are ending in some places Recommended David Schneider, American Scientist, in Testing and Assessment
Psychometricians have long been aware of a phenomenon called the Flynn effect—a widespread and long-standing tendency for scores on certain tests of intelligence to rise over time. And now they have another curiosity to ponder: The tendency for intelligence scores to rise appears to have ended in some places. Indeed, it seems that some countries are experiencing a Flynn effect with a reversed sign...
Smart Child Left Behind  Recommended by Tom Loveless and Michael J. Petrilli, in the New York Times
The new study, by the independent Center on Education Policy, showed that more students are reaching the “advanced” level on state tests now than in 2002. This led the authors to conclude that there is little evidence that high-achieving students have been shortchanged.

If only that were so. But like many miracle-drug claims, this conclusion is deeply flawed...
The Socioaffective Impact of Acceleration and Ability Grouping: Recommendations for Best Practice Recommended by Maureen Neihart, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Although the academic gains associated with acceleration and peer ability grouping are well documented, resistance to their use for gifted students continues because of concerns that such practices will cause social or emotional harm to students. Research indicates that grade skipping, early school entrance, and early admission to college have socioaffective benefits for gifted students who are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic, social, and emotional maturity, but may be harmful to unselected students who are arbitrarily accelerated on the basis of IQ, achievement, or social maturity...
Staying Home From School Recommended by Lynn Schnaiberg
"A new breed of home-schooler is emerging, motivated ... by more practical concerns ranging from school violence to poor academic quality to overzealous peer pressure."
Still! Unacceptable Trends in Kindergarten Entry and Placement Recommended A position statement developed by National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education, in Early (or Late) Kindergarten
Delaying children's entry into school and/or segregating them into extra-year classes actually labels children as failures at the outset of their school experience. These practices are simply subtle forms of retention. Not only is there a preponderance of evidence that there is no academic benefit from retention in its many forms, but there also appear to be threats to the social-emotional development of the child subjected to such practices...
Stories of Acceleration Recommended Belin-Blank Center, in Academic Acceleration
Read many stories, both positive and negative, of acceleration of gifted students, and follow the links to even more stories, case studies, and Personal Stories about the effects of A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students...
Struggle, Challenge and Meaning: The Education of a Gifted Child Recommended by Valerie Bock, in Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs)
What do we want from the education of our gifted children? An eloquent answer...
Surviving or Thriving? Gifted middle school boys with learning disabilities Recommended by Mary Ruth Coleman, in Gifted Child Today ($), in Twice Exceptional and Gifted in Middle School
Teachers often view gifted students as outstanding performers and see these students as top picks for their classes. Yet, not all gifted-students thrive in school. For gifted students with learning disabilities, school is not always the most comfortable place. What have we have learned in the last 30 years?  Terrific strategies to help gifted / learning disabled children cope, in academics, testing, and in life!
Susan and Goliath: A Seventh-Grade Girl's Skipping Odyssey Recommended by Mary Reed, NAGC Parenting for High Potential
This was an odyssey in the true sense of the word with many twists and turns. We all felt dizzy by the time it was over. The key for us, as a family, was to make sure that this was what Susan wanted and that she was both emotionally and mentally ready. Now that Susan’s second year of high school is nearly finished, we feel vindicated. Susan did slay Goliath—not with a stone, but with her intelligence and maturity.
Taking Notes in Picture Form – A Powerful Strategy for Visual-Spatial Students Recommended by Alexandra Shires Golon
Those who favor their right hemisphere (at least 1/3 of students) face disadvantages in the regular classroom. One of these challenges is the ability to take effective notes. In delivering strictly auditory lectures, we ask those who think in images to translate their mental pictures into words, write those words quickly, yet comprehensively, and then go back to those words and create permanent mental images that they can regurgitate on demand. For visual-spatial students, there is a better way! (requires Adobe)
Talent Development Recommended collected by Douglas Eby
Exploring talent and giftedness  ~  information & inspiration to enhance creative expression
Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds Recommended a TED Talk, in Asperger's Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
How does the mind of an autistic / Aspergers person work?  Not only who these kids are, but what they need, and what we're doing wrong today.  The world needs these people!  Every parent and teacher should listen to this talk!
Texas Education Agency Released Tests, Answer Keys, and Scoring Guides Recommended, in Proficiency Testing and Testing and Assessment
TAKS tests, scored right on the 'net, for grades 3-11 in reading, mathematics, writing, writing prompt, and science, plus exit level / end of course tests in many subjects.  Use these tests to show your child's above-level mastery...
Top Kid Recommended 1985 Australian TV drama for children (YouTube, in 5 parts), in Movies Featuring Gifted Kids (and Adults!)
This movie has helped more than a few gifted children self-identify and begin the path to self-understanding...
Twice Exceptional/Twice Successful: Back to School Strategies that Work Recommended by Linda Collins
Twice-exceptional students also need intentional support that personalizes a strategic educational plan in each class. This is not coincidental, accidental, or unintentional support. The IEP/504 fulfills legal obligations for special education services, but teachers may need a more detailed intentional approach to helping a 2-e student in a particular content area, a more focused, delineated, plan, especially if the student is attempting an Honors or Advanced Placement class...
Underachievement from the Inside Out Recommended by Josh Shaine, in Gifted Underachievement
Perhaps the most upsetting part of being an underachiever with a lot of potential is the accusation, first from your parents and then from yourself, that you are somehow doing "it" intentionally...
Use of the WISC-IV for Gifted Identification Recommended Position Statement from the National Association for Gifted Children, in Testing and Assessment
It is recommended practice to derive the General Ability Index (GAI) when there are large disparities among the Composite/Index scores. Flanagan and Kaufman (2004), in Essentials of WISC-IV Assessment, deem the FSIQ “not interpretable” if Composite scores vary by 23 points (1.5 standard deviations) or more...
Using Current Research to Make Good Decisions About Grouping Recommended by Karen B. Rogers, in NASSP Bulletin - no longer available free, but available for a fee from Sage Publications, in Grouping Gifted Children
High-ability and gifted students tend to benefit most from like-ability grouping, because the strategy provides them with the opportunity to access more advanced knowledge and skills and to practice deeper processing.  Guidelines include:
• Group gifted students by their ability or achievement levels for the majority of their school day in all academic core areas.
• Provide enrichment opportunities, carefully differentiated learning experiences, and acceleration opportunities to gifted students; Grouping alone does not produce a substantial achievement effect
• Use whole group and mixed-ability group methods (such as cooperative learning) sparingly and perhaps only for socialization purposes. There is no well-controlled research evidence to suggest any achievement effect for this form of grouping with either highly able or gifted students.
Welcome to Lake Woebegon, where 100% of children are in the top 2.5% Recommended by Carolyn K., Hoagies' Nibbles and Bits
100% of children are in the top 2.5% of children. It sounds ridiculous when it is stated mathematically, but you hear it often in its common form: "All children are gifted." No matter how you say it, it is still nonsense...
What Do the Tests Tell Us? Recommended by Carolyn K., in Testing and Assessment
Many parents arrive in the world of gifted education with a report full of tests results, supposedly defining their child as "gifted."  But more often than not, parents have more questions than answers upon receiving those test results.  And just as often, the short answers from the psychologist, the school, the teachers, and other parents do more to confuse than clarify...
What Does Dyslexia Look Like in a Gifted Child? - Stealth Dyslexia Recommended by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide (YouTube)
A seven-minute excerpt from the Eide's online webinar on Stealth Dyslexia...
What is a Gifted Child? Recommended NSW Assn for Gifted & Talented Children Inc.
A good question to start with...
What is Highly Gifted? Exceptionally Gifted? Profoundly Gifted? And What Does It Mean? Recommended by Carolyn K., in Testing and Assessment
Levels of giftedness, test ceilings, questions that you want answers to...
What Makes a Great Teacher? Recommended by Amanda Ripely, The Atlantic, in Gifted Education
We have never identified excellent teachers in any reliable, objective way. Instead, we tend to ascribe their gifts to some mystical quality... For this story, Teach for America allowed me access to 20 years of experimentation. The results are specific and surprising. Things that you might think would help a new teacher achieve success in a poor school—like prior experience working in a low-income neighborhood—don’t seem to matter. Other things that may sound trifling—like a teacher’s extracurricular accomplishments in college—tend to predict greatness...
What Parents Want Teachers (and Professionals) to Know Recommended Compiled by Sarah Sheard, in Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs)
Many parents of highly or profoundly gifted children talk about teachers or other adults who either “get my child” or “don’t get my child”.  But what is “it” that they need to "get"? 
What We Have Learned About Gifted Children 1979-2009 Recommended by Linda Kreger Silverman, in Characteristics of the Gifted Child and Identification of Gifted Children
Linda Silverman's summary of 17 now 28! years of observations, including "Parents are excellent identifiers of giftedness in their children," "the ideal age for testing is between five and eight years," and "When parents fail to recognize a child’s gifts, teachers may overlook them as well," " Gifted children are asynchronous," "Gifted children have better social adjustment in classes with children like themselves; the brighter the child, the lower the child's social self-concept in regular classrooms,"...
When Special Ed is Special-er Recommended by giftedguru.com
The question about IEPs and 504 accommodations comes up frequently with regard to gifted learners. Gifted kids can have other conditions as well, so just because your child’s gifted doesn’t mean him/her has no educational issues that may require intervention. IEP vs. 504 accommodations...
Why Should I Have My Child Tested? Recommended by Carolyn K., in Testing and Assessment
Intelligence tests, ability tests, achievement tests, test young, test older, use this test, use that test... we all hear tons of tidbits of information about testing, from the schools, from other parents, from mailing lists, from professionals.  Here are all those tidbits, distilled into a comprehensive guide to testing our gifted children...
Why do my child's test scores vary from test to test? Recommended by Carolyn K., in Testing and Assessment
Why do children's test scores, on both IQ and achievement tests, vary (sometimes dramatically) from test to test?  There are so many reasons, and most do not have anything to do with the child's intelligence or ability...
Why fun is important in learning and Why fun is important in learning (Part 2) Recommendedby Sean Slade, in The Washington Post
Why do we assume that learning only occurs when kids are serious and quiet?  The belief remains strong that learning can only take place when kids are quiet and the work laborious, that any activities where engaged kids seem to be enjoying themselves must be superfluous, and that teachers who make learning fun run the risk of being declared unprofessional.  This thinking is having an adverse effect on what kids learn and how they are taught. [emphasis added]
Why Schools Don't Educate Recommended by John Taylor Gatto
Laments about our schools are nothing new. John Taylor Gatto insists the problem goes deeper; we’ve turned our schools, he says, into “torture chambers.” Read the text of the speech Gatto gave upon being named New York City’s Teacher of the Year...
Yesterday's Whiz Kids: Where Are They Today? Recommended by Melissa Hendricks, in Highly, Exceptionally, and Profoundly Gifted and Academic Acceleration
Preliminary results of a 20-year follow-up indicate that most have been successful. Many achieved advanced degrees.  Many rose to outstanding careers at an early age
Your Child's Disorder May Be Yours, Too Recommended by Benedict Carey, New York Times, in Twice Exceptional
...found in his son’s diagnosis a new language to understand his own life...  “provided a frame in which a whole bunch of seemingly unrelated aspects of my own life growing up fit together for the first time.”
Editor's note: this applies to giftedness, too - many of us realize that we are gifted when our kids are first "diagnosed!"

Gifted Mailing Lists, Message Boards, Blogs

2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter Recommended from the publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter
For those who raise, educate, and counsel high-ability children with learning issues such as AD/HD, dyslexia, Asperger's, and so forth...
2eeducator: Unexpected Gifts: Discovering and Nurturing the Strengths in Every Child Recommended
Cathy Risberg's blog provides great ideas and strategies that work for teachers and parents educating and raising gifted and twice exceptional children...
Dyslexic Advantage - Famous People with Dyslexia Recommended
Devoted to promoting an understanding of the gifts and talents found in dyslexics of all ages...
Eide Neurolearning Blog Recommended
Commentary about new research and Internet articles related to any aspect of learning, learning differences and disabilities, including gifted and visual learners, autism, dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, sensory, visual, or auditory processing difficulties and more...
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) Recommended
A non-profit, all-volunteer organization that works to educate and advocate for gifted homeschooling families.  Work includes a well-regarded website with resources and articles from parents and experts, an online community for support and advice, sponsorship of events with nationally known speakers, and a schedule of conferences, lectures and other opportunities...
GT-World Recommended
A world full of resources for parents of gifted children. Mailing lists: GT-Families for families of gifted children, GT-Special for families of twice exceptional children, GT-Adult for gifted adults, and GT-Talk for ... heated discussions moved from other GT-World mailing lists
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page Recommended
Facebook page of interesting short articles and quotes for us, links for our kids (and us!), as well as Q&A on gifted toipcs for parents and teachers
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page RSS feed Recommended [Valid RSS]
Subscribe by adding What's New on Hoagies' Gifted Education Page? RSS feed  to your RSS Reader.  Get updates in your RSS Reader each time Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is updated.  If you don't already have an RSS Reader, consider Google Reader or BlogLines.  These readers keep track of all your blogs and feeds, and show you what's new since the last time you read each one.
Ingeniosus Recommended
Strategic communications, gifted perspective.  Don't miss Ingeniosus's #gtchat Twitter conferences every Friday!
Our Gifted Online Conferences Recommended now a Ning community!
A place to join together to meet, share, learn, and discuss issues pertaining to giftedness and talent of all individuals regardless of race, age, gender, economic status, and/or twice/thrice exceptionalities. 
The TAG Project Recommended
A support community for Families of the Gifted and Talented, including mailing lists TAGFAM for Families, TAGMAX for home education, and TAGPDQ for "more-than-just-gifted" families
Unwrapping the Gifted Recommended
a K-12 gifted education specialist discusses news and developments in the gifted education community and offers advice for teachers on working with gifted students.  An EdWeek blog...
WeAreGifted2 Recommended Rising Above the ‘Triple Quandary’ of Being Young, Gifted & Culturally Diverse: Celebrating the Strengths of Diverse Gifted Learners
Visit Contests and College Scholarships for more great programs!

Contests & Scholarships

Education Planner Recommended
Thousands of scholarships, many available for both rising freshman and already enrolled college students...
FastWeb Recommended
Find money for college, expert tips on financial aid, find your dream school, even win a scholarship directly from FastWeb...
IEA Gifted Resource Center Contest, Award & Scholarship Search Recommended
Comprehensive contest listing...
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Recommended
Students in grades 7 - 12 in the U.S., U.S. Territories, U.S.-sponsored schools abroad, and Canadian students in equivalent grade levels, are eligible.  More than 600 Art awards and 300 writing awards are presented annually on the national level.  Winners may receive cash awards, scholarships, certificates, and publishing and exhibition opportunities...
Visit Contests and College Scholarships for more great programs!

Summer and Saturday Programs

Junior Statesmen of America Recommended CA, CT, DC, IL, NJ (grade 10 to 12)
Satori camp Recommended Cheney, Washington (junior and senior high students, age 12-18)
A summer experience for gifted junior and senior high school students.  An opportunity for academically and intellectually talented students to experience their first taste of college with others who share their enthusiasm for learning in an academic and social environment...
Yunasa Summer Institute for the Gifted Recommended
For highly gifted middle school students (ages 10-15), Yunasa is a Lakota Indian word meaning “balance”. The goal of this week-long experience is to have lots of fun while developing the emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual components of your life...
Visit Summer and Saturday Programs for more great programs!

Distance Learning Programs, Internet Investigations & Online Texts

Alcumus Recommended by Art of Problem Solving
Innovative FREE online learning system, with over 7,500 problems with solutions, many from major national math competitions:  MATHCOUNTS, MOEMS, the American Mathematics Competitions, and the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing competitions...
ALEKS Recommended
K-12 plus advanced math, fully automated, available only on the Internet.  (48 hour free trial)  Great option for use low-income schools, too - school price is only $35/ 9 months!  Home price is slightly higher
Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Recommended
Problem solving based mathematics curriculum for grades 6-12...
Athena's Advanced Academy Recommended
Fast-paced and exciting online classes grades 3 through lower high school, for younger children may be ready for higher level content and analytical thinking, but still desire age-appropriate activities...
eIMACS (Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science) Recommended
On-line interactive mathematics and computer science curricula to talented middle and high school school and undergraduate students... 
IEA Gifted Resource Center Contest, Distance Learning Search Recommended
Comprehensive distance learning opportunity listing...
Khan Academy Recommended
1000+ YouTube videos covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance...
Nova Recommended Science Programming On Air and Online
From America's Stone Age Explorers (Anthropology), to Decoding Nazi Secrets (Physics & Math), to Animal Hospital (Health) and many more... Check the TV schedule, borrow the video from your public library, or watch the show online, and explore the corresponding website.  Teachers and parents, visit Nova Teachers for teacher resources...
Nova ScienceNow Recommended
Help satisfy your scientific appetite.  And for more fascinating science, subscribe to Nova Podcasts!
Online G3: Guinevere's Gifted Group Recommended
Accelerated and engaging online humanities classes for gifted students featuring Michael Clay Thompson's curriculum...
Stanford Online High School Recommended (Previously EPGY Online High School)
Three-year, fully-accredited, diploma-granting, online, independent high school...
TED Ed Recommended
New in 2012, use these engaging videos to create customized lessons. Learn how!
University of Missouri Center for Distance and Independent Study Recommended
Elementary, high school and college classes
WikiBooks Recommended
A collection of free, open-content textbooks, also in a variety of other languages
Visit Distance Learning, (Free) Online High School Courses Recommended, Internet Investigations Recommended and Online Text Materials for more distance learning opportunities!

Kids and Teens Reading Lists

Hoagies' Hot Topics! Recommended
Wild about science fiction, math, genetics, poetry, programming, biographies, science or other "hot" topics for gifted kids? Check this list for lots of books for all ages, on these and other Hot Topics for gifted kids!  A reading list of a different color, Hot Topics! books are listed by topic first, and reading level second...
bulletArts and Crafts
bullet Being Gifted / Social Stuff
bullet Biographies
bullet Cartoons / Humor
bulletClassics / Fiction
bullet Early Readers
bullet Geography / Political Science
bullet Girls and Young Women
bullet History / Philosophy
bullet Horribles!
bullet Inventions / Physics
bulletKlutz Books
bullet Mathematics / Programming
bullet Mystery
bullet Poetry
bullet Potpourri
bullet Puzzle Books
bullet Science / Genetics
bullet Science Fiction / Fantasy
bulletTeen Boys
bulletVocabulary / But Why??
bulletSeney's Young Adult Literature
Grief and Grieving
A collection of resources for dealing with the death of a loved one, or a beloved pet, with books and sites for all ages...
Scholastic BookWizard BookAlike Recommended
Find books at a similar level to books your child is already reading... a handy tool!
UK Education secretary arranges boys' bookshelves Recommended and the Full List
A list of more than 160 books, from Frankenstein to Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, has been published today in a bid to encourage teenage boys to read for pleasure...
Visit Reading Lists for more great book lists for kids and teens!

Kids and Teen Links

Recommended an interactive space flight experience
bullet 20Q Recommended the neural-net on the internet - how do they DO that? in Variety Store
bullet77 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena Recommended but better than the illusions, are the explanations! in Brain Teasers: Optical Illusions
bullet Algebasics Recommended An online Algebra course in 16 chapters, with great instruction and examples! (Flash enabled) in Math
bullet Alice Recommended Learn to Program Interactive 3D Graphics - easy enough for gifted elementary kids, advertised for middle school through college (from Carnegie Mellon University) in
bulletStorytelling Alice create animated stories (more popular with middle school students, particularly girls)
bullet The Art of the Brick Recommended by Nathan Sawaya, amazing Lego brick sculptures! in Art, Theater, Music
bullet BigBrainz Timez Attack Recommended turns times tables into a fun adventure game! (personal free download, or purchase)
bullet blobs.org Recommended Is science baffling? Struggling to understand? Looking for help? blobs.org is here to help! in Science
bullet BrainPop Recommended Health, science, technology, math, English and more... in Math and Science and Young Kids
bullet Celestia Recommended space simulation lets you explore our universe in three dimensions (download) in Space
bulletCelestia Motherlode supplementary material for Celestia
bullet Educational dramatic educational tools in astronomy
bullet The Chaos Recommended Which rhymes with enough - Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough? in For the Love of Words
bullet Cogito.org Recommended news and features, questions and answers, even mentors, in math and science! in Math and Science
bulletConceptis Puzzles Recommended logic puzzles, including pixel puzzles, Sudoku, Kakuro, Battleship... in Brain Teasers: Logic & Critical Thinking
bulletCrayon Physics Deluxe Recommended (and downloadable Crayon) an amazing new game, even in the simple shareware version! In Engineering, Physics & Mechanics
bulletCurious Expeditions Recommended traveling and exhuming the extraordinary past.  See Butterflies, Libraries, lots more! in Social Studies: History
bulletDESIGNit BUILDit Fidget Recommended Can you design the solution for each challenge?, in Engineering, Physics & Mechanics
bulletDid You Know 2.0 Recommended and Shift Happens 2008... see how fast the future is arriving! in Variety Store
bulletDiffen Recommended Compare, contrast and find the difference between any two things!, in Variety Store
bullet iCivics.org Recommended U.S. Civics games, developed with Sandra Day O'Connor
bulletDo I Have a Right? Test your knowledge of constitutional amendments! in Social Studies: U.S. Government
bullet Engineering Games Recommended Engineering, physics and logic games, from beginning to very advanced! in Engineering, Physics & Mechanics
bulleteGFI Engineering Recommended Go For It! All about engineering possibilities, from computer to nuclear, mechanical to civil, and many more engineering options! in Engineering, Physics & Mechanics
bullet The Elements Recommended animation of Tom Lehrer's song..., in Science: Periodic Table
bulletEvolution 101 Recommended by Berkeley's Understanding Evolution Team... a full and fun course for kids of all ages, from introduction to modern questions! in Natural Science: Evolution
bulletFantastic Contraption Recommended Amazing interactive physics puzzle game, in Physics and Interact!
bulletFlying Spaghetti Monster treats with working (and edible!) googly eyes Recommended, in Variety Store and Art, Theater, Music (these really are a work of art!)
bullet Frame Games Recommended USA Today's weekly game, plus tons of archives..., in Brain Teasers: Rebuses
bulletGeocaching Recommended the Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site - check the new wave in scavenger hunting! in Geography  Also visit Hoagies' Gifted: Geocaching: The sport for gifted kids of all ages and Geocaching 101: How to find your first cache
bullet Google Earth Recommended combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips, now including the Oceans and Mars!, in Geography and Variety Store
bullet Google Sightseeing Recommended "Why bother seeing the world for real?" The world will never be the same! in Geography
bullet goReact! Recommended Combine elements from the Periodic Table to create virtual reactions!
bullet Griddlers.net Recommended paint-by-number puzzles to solve online or offline, in Brain Teasers
bulletGrowing Up in the Universe Recommended The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children by Richard Dawkins (YouTube)
bulletWaking Up in the Universe
bulletDesigned and Designoid Objects
bulletClimbing Mount Improbable
bulletThe Ultraviolet Garden
bulletThe Genesis of Purpose
bullet HippoCampus Recommended for high school and college students, a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), in Homework Help
bullet How Stuff Works Recommended from UPC bar codes to Chess computers to Power Distribution Grids, in Engineering, Physics & Mechanics
bullet Invention at Play Recommended from the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention... in Science
bulletInstructables Recommended step-by-step collaboration: a venue for showing what you make and how others can make it, in Variety Store
bullet The Internet of Living Things Recommended a video introduction to Synthetic Biology, the next big IT industry
bullet It's OK to be Smart! Recommended YouTube channel of science, the amazing universe we live in, and how science connects to every part of our life
bullet Journey of Mankind Recommended genetic map, exploring the peopling of the world over the last 160,000 years, in Social Studies
bullet JuggleMaster Recommended download, and create your own juggling patterns! in Variety Store
bulletKids are Writers Recommended Are you a kid who loves to write? Are you needing a challenge? Inspiration? Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? You have come to the right place! in Links For the Love of Words... | Writing
bullet KrazyDad's Free Printable Puzzles Recommended choose from 1000's of Mazes in 5 levels, Bridges, Cross Figures, Galaxies, Kakuro (Cross Sums) and loads more! in Brain Teasers
bulletThe Math Dude Quick and Dirty Tips Recommended Simple answers to tricky math questions, from Addition and Subtraction to the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci! in Math
bullet NameVoyager Recommended where does your name rank throughout history? in Social Studies
bullet National Geographic Kids Recommended stories, games, newsletters, and more... in Links for Young Kids
bulletNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Recommended write 50,000 words of fiction between November 1 and November 30th... you wrote a Novel! in For the Love of Words
bulletNGAkids Art Zone Recommended National Gallery of Art offers great art-making tools and amazing art history... in Art, Theater, Music
bullet Nova Recommended companion websites to PBS Nova episodes, including these and TONS more... in Natural Science, Science, Social Studies and Space
bulletAmerica's Stone Age Explorers
bulletBalloon Race Around the World
bulletDiamond Deception
bulletEinstein's Big Idea and Einstein Revealed
bulletMagnetic Storm
bulletThe Most Dangerous Woman in America
bulletMysterious Life of Caves and Pyramids—The Inside Story
bulletWave That Shook the World
bulletWhat's Up with the Weather?
bulletWright Brothers' Flying Machine
bulletNova ScienceNow Recommended and Nova Podcasts satisfy your scientific appetite! in Natural Science and Science
bullet Ozy and Millie Recommended Where did they find two gifted kids for this strip?? in Cartoons
bullet Pentagon-Hexagon Zig-Zag (PHiZZ) Unit Recommended modular origami fold whose locking mechanism is based on an accordion pleat - really cool! In Art, Theater, Music
bulletJaw-dropping demo of PhotoSynth (based on SeaDragon)  Amazing!! in Computers
bullet Planarity Game Recommended Arrange the vertices such that no edges overlap, in Interact! and Math
bulletPoisson Rouge Recommended interactive games - write your own music, and play it back - alphabet where the xylophone really plays - visual brain teasers - and lots more! in Young Kids
bullet Powers of Ten Recommended View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from Earth. Then move towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude... in Natural Science and Space
bulletPrezi Recommended a new, non-linear way to create a presentation, Tutorials and sample Showcase too! in Homework Help
bullet Puzzle Parlor Recommended interactive GamePuzzles, in Brain Teasers and Math
bullet Renaissance Connection Recommended Be a patron of the arts. Design your own innovation. Investigate Renaissance artworks in depth. Discover how past innovations inform life today, in Social Studies
bullet Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait Recommended contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Visit Chris Jordan's other collections..., in Art, Theater, Music
bullet Scale of the Universe Recommended scroll through and see just how big... or how small... things really are!
bullet Scratch Recommended a snap-together programming language that lets kids create their own interactive stories, games, music, and art... free from MIT, in Programming
bulletShift Happens: Did You Know? and Did You Know 2.0 Recommended by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, the originals...  in Computers
bullet The Sliding Block Puzzle Page Recommended tons of great interactive sliding puzzles! in Interact! and Math
bullet Spaced Penguins Recommended an interactive space flight experience, in Interact! and Physics
bullet Store Wars Recommended Star Wars and Organic Food fans alike will love this! in Variety Store
bulletString Thing Recommended design your own string music with percussion, learn about the science of music too! In Art, Theater, Music
bulletStyncil Recommended Make iPhone, iPad, Android & Flash Games without code. The quickest & easiest way to make a game..., in Programming
bullet TerraServer Recommended Satellite photos of (nearly) anywhere in the U.S. plus more! (plus great maps, too) in Geography
bullet TextTwist Recommended Addictive! Rearrange the letters and make as many words as you can, in Interact! and For the Love of Words
bulletTED Recommended Ideas Worth Sharing - an amazing collection of videos of "the world's greatest thinkers and doers"  Sortable spreadsheet of all the TED Talks to date, in Variety Store
bullet Theo Jansen: The art of creating creatures Recommended amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures! (TED video), in Art, Theater, Music
bulletThis is sand Recommended click on the grey square for instructions, and don't miss the gallery - wow! in Interact! and Art, Theater, Music
bulletTree of Life Recommended Where did we all come from?  Detailed and simplified versions to view or print - I love this stuff! in Natural Science: Evolution
bullet User Friendly Recommended the computer geek's comic strip - literally!, in Cartoons
bullet Vocab Minute Recommended catchy tunes to hum while you build vocab skills for success, in Jr. or Sr. level (podcast), in For the Love of Words
bullet WebSuduko Recommended Number puzzle, but no math required... trillions of puzzles!  in Brain Teasers and Interact!
bulletshareware PC version try Sudoku
bullet Wikipedia Recommended the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit (both good and accurate, read more in Acronyms, Terms, and other things we need to know), in Variety Store
bulletWired "How To" Wiki Recommended Ever wondered how to read a barcode? Choose a sound system? Sync Google Calendar with your iPhone?  Find out this and much more here! in Variety Store
bullet Word Sandwich Recommended guess the mystery five letter word, by narrowing it down in the "word sandwich"..., in For the Love of Words
bulletXKCD Recommended a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language... this one caught my eye Useless (occasional pg13 content), in Cartoons
bullet XtraMath.org Recommended Free web program to help kids master math facts (+ - × ÷, for school or home, progress reports, non-profit site with no ads)
bulletxtranormal Recommended if you can type, you can make movies! in Homework Help and Variety Store
bulletZomepad Modeling Software Recommended with models to follow, examine and build a new challenge every month!  Also Contributed Models... in Math and Variety Store

Visit Kids and Teen Links for hundreds more great links!

And when it all seems just too much, A Lighter Note...

All Children Are Gifted Recommended by Michael Clay Thompson
Originally printed in Our Gifted Children...  Haven't we heard this before?
The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List Recommended by Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling
We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children...
Education Quotes and Gifted Education Quotes Recommended collected by Carolyn K.
Here are some great quotations on educating our gifted children...
Geocaching: The sport for gifted kids of all ages Recommended
By popular demand, the sport that is sweeping the World! Follow Hoagies' Gifted Education Page guide to getting started in Geocaching.  Step by step, it's easy.  You can do it!  Alone, with your spouse, your family or your scouts or students, geocaching is a sport that has something for everyone
bulletGeocaching 101: How to find your first cache 
bulletGeocaching Acronyms learn all those abbreviations you see in logs and caches...
bulletGeocaching 102: More fun with Geocaching! learn about different kinds of geocaches, including multis, events, puzzles, earth caches and more...
bulletGeocaching 103: Puzzle Caches how in the world am I supposed to figure out that puzzle cache?
bulletGeocaching 104: Creating and Placing Your Own Geocaches take the next step in Geocaching... place your own cache!
bulletGeocaching 105: Using Geocaching Premium membership features learn about statistics, pocket queries, Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK) and more...
Gifted Children's Bill of Rights Recommended by Del Siegle, on NAGC
You have a right... ... to know about your giftedness, ... to learn something new everyday, ... to be passionate about your talent area without apologies, and more!  A great poster, post it this wherever Gifted Children work and play! (requires Adobe Reader)
I never wanted to be one of THOSE moms Recommended by Barbara Cooper
I don’t want to sound like one of those horrible stage mothers – frankly, I was in denial about all this. But my oldest daughter is a pretty special child. I mean, ALL children are special but she’s special in a quantifiable way.  But...
And then there is The Apology.  Why do we feel we have to apologize for what our children are, for what we are?
Legend of the Pink Monkey Recommended retold by Cici Clovis
"Us Pink Monkeys have a tough time finding one another..."
Music for the Gifted Mind Recommended a Hoagies' Page collection
Eclectic Music Selections for folks faced with the daily realities of the world, including kids music that won't drive parents batty, teens music that won't offend, and more!
No Dentist Left Behind Recommended by John S. Taylor, Superintendent, School District of Lancaster, South Carolina (previously titled Absolutely the Best Dentist)
"Did you hear about the new state program to measure the effectiveness of dentists with their young patients?" I said.
"No," he said. He didn't seem too thrilled. "How will they do that?"
"It's quite simple," I said...
Also read No Child Left Behind: The Football Version
Not On the Test Recommended
A new song that sings close to home for gifted kids... by Tom Chapin
Official Home Page of the PG Cult Recommended
Are you a member?
Please don't give my child an "A" Recommended by a gifted parent
The lament of every gifted parent!
Raisin' Brains Recommended by Karen L.J. Isaacson
A humorous look inside the home of 5 very gifted children... from the mom's point of view.  Prepare to have your funny bone tickled!  And now the sequel... Life in the Fast Brain: Keeping Up With Gifted Minds.  It's not only rip-roaringly funny, but full it's of great ideas, some of which you do NOT want your kids to find out about!
rolling eyes Ridiculous Things I Heard Today Recommended edited by Carolyn K.
All the collected 'wisdoms' imparted on us by the "professionals" and the parents!
Role Models...Recommended collected by Carolyn K.
bulletGrade Skipped and Successful Individuals who skipped one or more grades, and are successful in their fields... from scientist to actress to Nobel Prize winners...
bullet Notable Homeschoolers So many children throughout modern history have been home schooled, and then become highly successful members of our society...
bullet2e = Exceptional Squared! Successful people who have capitalized on their exceptional learning styles!
Snopes Recommended Urban Legends Reference Page
Not specifically about gifted, but debunks all those myths that tug our heartstrings... or occasionally confirms them!  If you don't believe Snopes, read XKCD's perspective on Snopes...
Tony Recommended by Kaye Starbird
A great poem about a gifted young child. Tony could be your child or mine!
Top Kid Recommended 1985 Australian TV drama for children (YouTube, in 5 parts)
This movie has helped more than a few gifted children self-identify and begin the path to self-understanding...
Well, Thank You Recommended by Taylor Phillips
YouTube video of a Taylor performing her excellent poem for gifted kids... don't miss it! (text of Well, Thank You)
William Tell Overture for Moms Recommended by Anita Renfroe
Feeling like a broken record?  Listen to this one!
You Know You're The Parent of a Gifted Child When... Recommended edited by Carolyn K.
Other parents of gifted children will understand...  Also read More You Know You're the Parent of a Gifted Child When...
Visit A Lighter Note for more humor and fun!

Gifts to Share: Humanitarian Opportunities for Gifted Families

Gift Cards for Good Recommended
Founded by a 10-year-old gifted child, Gift Cards for Good collects used but not quite empty gift cards from stores across the country, and donate 100% of the proceeds to to help people who need something that they can’t get themselves: buy food for hungry children and clothes for cold children. We will also be able to give presents to kids who never get any at the holidays. We can also help charities that build houses for those who don’t have the money to do it for themselves...
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 for more humanitarian giving options!

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