Signs of Giftedness in Children Include:

  • an extreme need for constant mental stimulation 
  • an ability to learn and process complex information rapidly 
  • a need to explore subjects in surprising depth 
  • an insatiable curiosity, as demonstrated by endless questions and inquiries ability to comprehend material several grade levels above their age peers surprising emotional depth and sensitivity at a young age 
  • enthusiastic about unique interests and topics 
  • quirky or mature sense of humor 
  • creative problem solving and imaginative expression 
  • absorbs information quickly with few repetitions needed 
  • self-aware, socially aware, and aware of global issues 

-Davidson Institute (2021) 

Educators 

National Association for Gifted Children – Resources for Educators 

NAGC is the leading authority on Gifted learners in our nation.

https://www.nagc.org/resources publications/resources-educators

Pre-K to Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards 

Standards provide a basis for policies, rules, and procedures that are essential for providing systematic programs and services to any special population of students. While standards may be addressed and implemented in a variety of ways, they provide important direction and focus to designing and developing options for gifted learners at the local level. 

https://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/national-standards-gifted-and-talented education/pre-k-grade-12

STEM 

Many highly able and motivated students have a wide range of interests that make selecting a  career difficult. Having an adequate, diverse, and well-trained supply of scientists and engineers depends, in part, on what thousands of high-ability students decide every year to do with their lives, which is influenced by access to varied, challenging coursework taught by highly skilled teachers.

https://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources/timely-topics/stem-meeting critical-demand-excellence/gifted

Virtual Gifted and Talented Enrichment Support Materials 

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education has prepared resources for parents and educators that list and link virtual gifted and talented enrichment support materials.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UbaobL2ymO4_MW4N0eVvdBEfMPLyGaH7KipH27O nmg0/edit

Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning by the Coalition for  Psychology in Schools and Education 

The document presents the most important principles from psychology as identified by the APA  Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education—the Top 20—that would be of greatest use in the context of preK–12 classroom teaching and learning. 

http://www.apa.org/ed/schools/teaching-learning/top-twenty-principles.aspx

Minnesota Academic League Council

Programs that have met the criteria and received the Minnesota Academic League Council’s approval are included in the Reach for the Stars catalog. An abbreviated list highlighting  programs with international participation is available at

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RKztxW1ZdnTCCm3VOFkjHLT2pMeDG-wYWuyc6- 1oRok/edit#gid=0

Schoolwide Enrichment Model Intro Videos 

Click here to view the videos created by Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis. 

Giving Back: A Guidebook for Volunteerism and Community Service 

Published by the Davidson Institute. Giving Back: A Guidebook for Volunteerism and  Community Service is specifically designed to help bright students make an informed decision  about how to utilize their talents to make a positive difference 

https://www.davidsongifted.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Davidson_Guidebook_GivingBack_2021.pdf

Twice Exceptionality 

Though this isn’t an exhaustive text, this guidebook is meant to act as a launchpad for parents and educators to learn more about twice-exceptionality, the process of identification and assessment, and how to support children who are 2E intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

https://www.davidsongifted.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twice-Exceptionality-A Resource-Guide-for-Parents-15-June-2018.pdf

2e Guidebook Resources and Bibliography

These references are part of a Davidson Institutes guidebook, Twice Exceptionality: A Resource Guide for Parents.

https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-blog/2e guidebook-resources-and-bibliography/

The Educator’s Guild 

The Davidson Institute’s Educators Guild is a free online community for elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators, as well as other professionals committed to meeting the unique needs of highly gifted students.

https://www.davidsongifted.org/resource-library/support-for educators/

Davidson Gifted Blog 

https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-blog/