Evaluation of Gifted Programs
Catholic Education has just released its new podcast series interviewing teachers with a focus on Gifted Education. Sections of this series have also been released on 107Life radio station on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. There is also a “best of” episode in this series, which might be a great starting point. The link is as follows:
Feel free to distribute this link within your own school community and outside networks.
The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) has released a new document, “Global Principles for Professional Learning in Gifted Education,” filled with guidance for decision-makers at the local, regional, state/provincial, and national levels. The ten principles outlined provide clear guidance on professional learning that needs to occur to ensure children and young people’s talents and potential are developed to the highest levels.
Revisiting Gifted Education
The Centre for Education, Statistics and Evaluation, Department of Education, N. S. W. has produced a paper entitled Revisiting Gifted Education. It is up to date, well researched and clearly written. There are useful supporting documents:
Revisiting Gifted Education Summary and Revisiting Gifted Education Poster.
Gifted Kids Zone
Gloria Van Donge has written a series of delightful books entitled The Gifted Kid Zone about a set of gifted cheetah cubs: Chelsea, Chadwick, Christina, Chevron and Charlotte. The books were written specially to create a doorway into the world of the young gifted and talented child child aged 2-8 years to stimulate dialogue between the child and their parents, teachers, counsellors and psychologists. The cubs display characteristics of gifted children and help children understand the joys and challenges of being gifted. There are pages for parents or teachers with information about the aspects of giftedness displayed in the stories. These books help to address the social and emotional well-being of gifted children. Master Educator, Dr. Kathy Murray, has aligned these books with the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
Parenting for High Potential
Parenting for High Potential is the quarterly magazine designed for parents and others working to support and guide their gifted children at home and at school. Parents and others will find a wide range of articles that are well-researched and very informative. The following article is extremely useful for encouraging self-advocacy in gifted students.
Douglas, D. (June 2017) “Letting go while holding on” in Parenting for High Potential, Washington, DC: National Association for Gifted Children.
Royal Fireworks Press
Royal Fireworks is the world’s largest publisher of books for gifted children. The moment you access the site, you will be asked if you are Home-based or School-based and you can switch between the two at will. Right at the bottom of the School-based menu, you will find a Grade Index. This will help you choose age-appropriate books for your gifted child.
Royal Fireworks Press also offers online courses for gifted students through their Online Learning Community. Some recent ones are “A Jump-Start to Entrepreneurship” and “The Quest for Happiness”” on Eastern Philosophy.