Resources for Educators
To appropriately identify, develop, and nurture individual talent, educators at every level — from the classroom to the district office — must understand the strategies, practices, and tools. Once understood, you need up-to-date information, analysis of the latest education research, and access to professional development opportunities and resources. We want every student to reach their personal best! What it takes to teach gifted learners well is actually a little common sense. It begins with the premise that each child should come to school to stretch and grow daily. It includes the expectation that the measure of progress and growth is competition with oneself rather than competition against others. It resides in the notion that educators understand key concepts, principles and skills of subject domains, and present those in ways that cause highly able students to wonder and grasp, and extend their reach. And it envisions schooling as an escalator on which students continually progress, rather than a series of stairs, with landings on which advanced learners consistently wait.
It’s not so hard to articulate. It’s fiendishly difficult to achieve in schools where standardization is the norm, and where teachers are supported in being recipe followers, rather than flexible and reflective artisans. In schools where responsive instruction is a carefully supported indicator of professional growth, the capacity to extend even the most capable mind is a benchmark of success.
THP is a quarterly publication designed with educators in mind. Each issue is filled with practical guidance and classroom-based materials to help you better understand and challenge your high-potential students. Scan through the library of THP articles and columns organized by topic and theme. Members have access to the entire archive of THP issues.
Gifted education strategies make a meaningful difference for high-ability students. Learn more about what gifted education in the classroom looks like.
Classroom teachers are the primary agent for identifying and serving gifted and talented students in our nation’s schools. Read and learn more about the programming standards today.
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) leads the way for targeted and relevant education and training, offering webinars with national experts, the annual convention with hundreds of sessions in a wide variety of themes, and connections through networks.
The CCSS and NGSS call for general education teachers to recognize and address student learning differences, and incorporate rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills, but the nature of advanced work beyond the standards is not discussed.
STEM issues remain in the forefront of the discussion of U.S. competitiveness and the role of K-12 education in ensuring a pipeline of advanced talent.
Gifted and talented students do not have an on/off switch! Share trusted advice and resources with your students’ families that help them support their child outside the classroom.
Looking for a new position in the field of gifted and talented? The NAGC Career Center offers access to the best employers and jobs in the profession.