Useful Websites & Organisations
http://nrich.maths.org/public/index.php A maths resource to enrich learning
http://www.youngwriters.co.uk/ Resources and competitions for young writers
London Gifted and Talented – Offers continuing professional development, resources and consultancy to improve the quality of gifted and talented teaching and learning. Good variety of multimedia teaching and learning resources largely developed by London schools.
NACE – The National Association for Gifted Children in Education. An independent education organisation which aims to support teachers in getting the best from able, gifted and talented pupils in the everyday classroom, whilst enabling all pupils to flourish. This site includes extensive information on conferences, resources, publications and plenty of examples of good practice
Dialogue Works – An education and training organisation for Philosophy for Children, critical and creative thinking.
World Class Arena – An international initiative designed to identify and assess gifted and talented students around the world. It was devised by Department for Education and Skills (DfES), and Arena items have been trialled by teachers and students in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. At the heart of World Class Arena are World Class Tests in mathematics and problem solving aimed at nine and 13 year-olds.
Every parent hopes for their child to be smart and to excel in school, but sometimes parents just don’t know what to do with a child who is especially exceptional. Keeping him or her challenged, interested, and engaged can be tough, as can dealing with an educational system that doesn’t always focus on helping out bright students. Parents of gifted children should know that they’re not alone and that there are hundreds of resources on the Web that can help every step of the way. Here are some we think stand out from the crowd, offering advice, information, support, and educational resources to help you support and encourage your child’s special abilities.
There is a growing body of information available on the internet for parents and carers about gifted and talented pupils. Amongst the many useful information, support and advice sites are the following:
Potential Plus – Potential Plus recognises that the needs of gifted children are best met when parents, students, education professionals, schools and colleges are able to share a common forum and gain wider understanding of home/school issues.
Tomorrow’s Achievers – Tomorrow’s Achievers Educational Trust provides specialist day and residential masterclasses for gifted children in many parts of the country. The courses cover a wealth of different topics – science, technology, maths, philosophy, literature and the arts – in ways which involve and challenge the most able students. Visit their web site to find out more and about the Masterclasses they are running.
National Association for Gifted Children – NAGC is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and other professionals who unite to address the unique needs of all children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.
Gifted Child Society: The Gifted Child Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of gifted children. Through their website, parents can find helpful information and learn about seminars and workshops they can attend.
SENG: SENG is short for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted and is an organization that wants to help ensure that gifted children are understood, accepted, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, and workplaces.
Mensa for Kids: Mensa embraces younger members through this fun website, offering up monthly themes to get kids reading and learning at an advanced level.
Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration: Find out more about the latest research being done into academic acceleration through this organization’s site.
@DeepWatersCoach: Lisa Lauffer works with the group Gifted Grownups & Parents of Gifted Children, offering support through her Twitter feed and beyond.
@gifted_guru: Head to this feed to hear from Lisa Van Gemert, a gifted youth specialist for Mensa.
@JeffcoGifted: This nonprofit group of parents, teachers, and community leaders tweets about advocacy and resources for gifted kids.
@HoagiesGifted: Head to this feed to get resources and articles aplenty about gifted education and parenting.
@laughingatchaos: Jen is a mom raising gifted kids. She shares her experiences, both the good and the bad, here and on her blog.
About.com Gifted Children: Carol Bainbridge, an expert on gifted children, maintains this blog, which is chock full of learning ideas, information, and more.
Parenting Gifted Kids: Head to this blog, written by gifted educator Sarah Robbins, to learn more about how to challenge and help your gifted child.
Gifted Exchange: This blog focuses on gifted kids, touching on issues of schooling, parenting, education, and more, all written by the staff at the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.
The Prufrock Blog: Prufrock is one of the leading publishers of materials for gifted, advanced, and special needs students. On this blog, you’ll find updates on their latest releases.
Unwrapping the Gifted: Head to this Education Week blog to hear from Tamara Fisher, a K-12 gifted education specialist. She gives great insights into gifted and talented education.
Parents of Gifted Children Resource Group: Here, parents can find resources and make connections with other parents of gifted children.
Gifted Parenting Support: This blog is an excellent place to read more about how to parent and educate children who are gifted and talented.
Gifted Education Perspectives: Follow this blog to learn more about all things gifted, from what defines it to how to best educate bright students.
Creating Curriculum for Gifted Children: This blog approaches gifted kids from an educator’s perspective, but parents can also learn new ways to challenge and interest their children.
Gifted Education Consultant: Sonia White, author and gifted education specialist, shares her passion for helping gifted children through this blog.
27. Gifted Phoenix: On this blog, parents can find some insights into giftedness issues, education, and parenting, from a New Zealand perspective.
28. Byrdseed: Focusing on creativity, accelerated learning, literature, and more, this blog offers resources and inspiration to gifted educators and parents of gifted kids.
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page: On this site, you’ll find a bit of everything, from conference listings to tips on understanding your gifted child, making it an excellent resource for any parent.
Gifted Child Today: This open-access journal is a great read for parents who want to learn more about how to cater to the needs of their gifted child.
Gifted Child Quarterly: Another open-access journal, this journal is a bit more scholarly, publishing research done on giftedness and talent development.
Summer Camps for Gifted Children: Looking for a great way to keep your child busy and learning over the summer? These summer camps could be a great choice.
Exquisite Minds: Parents and teachers who work with gifted children can find resources, online games, tips, tools, and more on this social site.
Royal Fireworks Press: Head to this publisher’s website to find great reads for both you and your gifted child, especially if you’re homeschooling.
Schools for the Gifted Child: Wondering where to send your gifted child? This site lists schools in six countries.
Educational Resources for Parents and Teachers of Gifted Youth: Mensa is a great place to look for help with a gifted child. Here, they offer up a collection of resources for parents and teachers that ranges from lesson places to fun activities.
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Even if you’re not homeschooling your child, this site offers a chance to get resources and talk to parents who are also working to raise gifted children.
Genius Denied: This is the website for the book Genius Denied, an expose of the ways in which the American education system often ignores its brightest students.
Gifted Students Go Dumb to Fit In: Is your child lowering his or her potential in order to fit in with peers? This article explores the stigma of being smart.
Hey, Teacher, Get Help Somewhere Else: Make sure your child isn’t working as a teacher’s aide in his or her classroom, a common occurrence as this article explains.
Top 10 Myths in Gifted Education: Learn some of the biggest myths about teaching gifted kids from this great YouTube video.