Resources for Parents

Parents of high-achieving students often contact us with questions and concerns regarding how best to meet the academic needs of their talented children. We welcome these inquiries and will do our best to provide appropriate responses. We also suggest you familiarize yourself with these additional resources. If you are aware of any worthwhile organizations or resources that you believe should be included here, please let us know.

Resources for Students

If you know of a web resource that you think other students would enjoy, please let us know. We will continue to provide resources from which you can benefit.

  • Davidson Institute
    The Davidson Institute for Talent Development recognizes and supports profoundly gifted students through services and scholarships.
  • Hoagie's Gifted for Kids
    Publishing opportunities, suggested reading, contests, and more are available at this comprehensive website designed for children and teens.
  • Idealist (Idea List)
    Action without borders... See how other kids started organizations and how you can, too. Be a part of the solution!
  • Odyssey of the Mind
    Creative thinking and problem solving are skills used by students from kindergarten to college. Students work on teams to solve problems, and competitions are held locally as well as internationally.
  • Stone Soup
    The magazine for young artists and writers to publish their original work.
  • Young Mensans
    American Mensa provides support and resources for families with gifted children.

Resources for Teachers

Teachers of gifted and high-achieving students face special challenges. We will continue to add resources that are relevant and useful for educators. If you know of other resources that should be included here, please let us know. If you are thinking about establishing HATS Program in your area, please see the HATS Program page to view essential background information regarding this program.

  • A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students
    A must-read report authored by Nick Colangelo, Susan Assouline, and Miraca Gross detailing years' worth of research regarding acceleration.
  • Belin-Blank Center
    The Belin-Blank Center provides information to parents about educational programming needs. Their Family Counseling Program provides services for families of gifted children; the Center also offers workshops and helps parents understand how they can advocate for their gifted children.
  • Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children is an international organization committed to improving educational opportunities for exceptional children, including the gifted.
  • ERIC Digest
    The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Current educational research is available.
  • Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG)
    The mission of FLAG is to support educationally appropriate programs for gifted students through exchanging information, promoting research, supporting constructive changes in all areas of gifted education, and cooperating with local and state organizations in reaching mutual goals and objectives in support of students who are gifted.
  • Free Spirit Publishing
    An excellent source for teaching and resource materials.
  • Hoagie's Gifted Education for Educators
    Resources for teachers, counselors, psychologists, and administrators of the gifted.
  • International Children's Digital Library
    An online library that provides free access to books from many cultures and in diverse languages.
  • Mark Twain Museum
    The website includes a basic FAQ list about Mark Twain as well as lesson plans developed by teachers for integrating Twain's work in the classroom. Plans are available for elementary, middle, and high school lessons. The museum also recognizes excellent teaching via the Mark Twain Creative Teaching Award.
  • Teaching Mathematics to Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom
    Differentiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment for high-achieving math students in a mixed-ability classroom.
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
    The NAGC provides legislative updates and information for teachers.
  • PBS Teacher Sources
    3,000+ free lesson plans and activities with an emphasis on media literacy.
  • Puzzles by AIMS
    Math puzzles are available to augment classroom learning. This website is highly recommended by teachers.
  • Stories with Holes
    Stories with holes are the "plain brown wrapper" of creative questioning. These stories offer open-ended scenarios that keep students thinking and asking.
  • Teachers First
    How to identify gifted students - a checklist of characteristics is provided to assist with the identification process.
  • The Association for the Gifted (TAG)
    TAG is a specialized division of the Council for Exceptional Children dealing specifically with the gifted.