Top 10 Resources for Parents of Gifted Children
by Nicole Endacott, Program Coordinator
Are you having trouble finding the ideal resources for your gifted child? Are you overwhelmed by the quantity of resources but desperate for a way to narrow down your search? Our Gifted Resource Center (GRC), a free public tool created and curated by IEA, currently has over 650 carefully-vetted resources sorted into six categories: Advocacy, Articles and Media, Gifted Programs and Services, Scholarships and Competitions, Schools and Twice-Exceptional (2E). Viewers can search for a keyword and filter their results by location, grade range, resource type and more. Each GRC entry includes a description, contact information and a direct link to the website.
As the number of entries expands, the GRC continues to grow as an exemplary online database of resources for gifted preK-12 learners. The number of visitors for the first half of 2018 has almost surpassed that for all of 2017, which means the GRC audience is doubling in size!
Have you explored the GRC lately? Get started by perusing the 10 most-viewed resources so far in 2018:
- Independent School Alliance (Grades K-12)
The Independent School Alliance (ISA) is a leading organization in private school admissions counseling and placement. Since 1985, ISA has provided access and opportunities at the elementary and secondary level to thousands of students across Southern California on behalf of parents of color who are seeking an independent school environment for their academically strong and motivated child.
- UCLA High School Summer Research Program (Grades 9-12)
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in conjunction with the Engineering Science Corps Outreach Program offers an eight-week summer program that encourages each of its high school participants to consider a future in engineering.
- >Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award (Grades 3-6)
The Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award Program awards $500 scholarships to high-ability students in grades 3-6. Review their website to see if the program is available in your state.
- Yunasa Summer Camps (Grades 4-10)
Designed and led by experts in the field of gifted youth, IEA’s own Yunasa Summer Camps support the whole gifted child, encouraging growth and support of campers intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Camps are offered every summer in Sedalia, Colorado and Flint, Michigan and are open to campers nationwide ages 10 to 15.
This article by Barbara Swicord, Ed.D., discusses how problem-based learning, also known as project-based learning, can be a great start to help educators who are looking for a solution to many problems in the classrooms as well as a way to meet the needs of gifted students.
- Stepping Stones Therapy & Learning Academy (Grades 5-8)
Formerly Reid Day School, the Learning Academy as part of Stepping Stones Therapy in Orange County believes that education is a personal journey for every family and offers a variety of specialized and individualized programs. Through small group instruction, with high teacher to student ratio, they will promote and execute success for your learner’s home school program. Stepping Stones also offers educational, occupational, speech, and physical therapy in addition to social skills training.
- AADGT Young Gifted Musician (Grades K-12)
The American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT) helps young, extraordinarily gifted classical musicians and artists. AADGT was established in 1993 and since then has helped hundreds of artists and aspiring young musicians from around the world.
- Noetic Learning Math Contest (Grades 2-8)
The Noetic Learning Math Contest is a semiannual problem-solving contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students’ interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills and to inspire them to excel in math.
- Art of Problem Solving (Grades 6-12)
Since 2003, the Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) online school has provided a unique learning experience carefully designed for outstanding students interested in studying online. AoPS offers a full math curriculum for middle and high school, introductory programming courses and specialty courses to prepare students for particular math and science competitions.
- UCI Gifted Students Academy (Grades 1-8)
The Gifted Students Academy is an intensive summer program for gifted students in grades 1 through 8. Participants select courses in each of the major subject areas of math, science, language arts, social studies and the arts and may attend as a commuter student or reside on campus in the UCI residence halls.
Visit the Gifted Resource Center to explore more resources for parents and educators.
What are some resources that have helped you as a parent or educator? Share them in the comments section below!