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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), located in Arlington, VA, is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates, parents and related professionals. COPAA members work to protect the legal and civil rights of and secure excellence in education on behalf of tens of thousands of students with disabilities and their families each year at the national, state and local levels.

Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education is the definitive reference for a summary and evaluation of the literature on giftedness, gifted education, and talent development. This third edition:

  • Presents more than 40 summaries of important topics in the field.
  • Features updates to all topics.
  • Introduces new topics, including neuroscience and the roles of leaders in the field.
  • Dives into the latest research.
  • Explores how the research applies to gifted education and the lives of gifted learners.
  • This book also provides an objective assessment of the available knowledge on each topic, offers guidance in the application of the research, and suggests areas of needed research.

    The Statewide Advisory Council for the Gifted and Talented (SACPGT) is an advisory body consisting of representatives from Delaware School Districts, Charter Schools, and Institutions of Higher Education. The purpose of the council is to provide leadership, advocacy, and guidance for informed decision making involving programs for the gifted and talented.

    Diverse: Issues In Higher Education stands alone as the only source of critical news, information and insightful commentary on the full range of issues concerning diversity in American higher education. Diverse began writing about diversity in higher education long before diversity and multiculturalism became “hot-button” issues. Today, their mission remains as true as it was more than 30 years ago: to provide information that is honest, thorough and balanced. They seek, through traditional and nontraditional media, to be change agents and generate public policies that resolve inequities that still exist today. In fulfilling their mission, they believe in helping to build the educational, cultural, social and economic structures necessary to allow every individual to reach his or her full potential, and thus contribute to the greater good of their community and the nation.

    Dr. Rimm is a psychologist, director of Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, author, parenting specialist, a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and gifted children advocate. Her site offers underachievement/creativity measures, parenting newsletters, and forms to submit education or parenting questions. She also serves as director of two locations of Family Achievement Clinics in Ohio.

    At a time when the U.S. education system consistently lags behind its international peers, Dumbing Down America shows exactly why America can’t keep up by providing a critical look at the nation’s schools through the eyes of the children whose minds are languishing in countless classrooms. Filled with specific examples of how gifted children are being shortchanged by a nation that believes smart kids will succeed on their own, Dumbing Down America packs a powerful message: If we want our nation to prosper, we must pay attention to its most intelligent youth. Author James R. Delisle, PhD., provides a template of what can and must happen in America’s schools if they are to fulfill their mission of educating every child to the fullest potential.

    The Eastern South Dakota Families of Gifted Children is a Facebook group that was created to be a place where Sioux Falls families with gifted kids can brainstorm ideas to meet the needs of their families and children. Members with common goals can meet and network to enact positive change and coordinate enrichment opportunities.

    The Education Law Center (ELC) ensures all children in Pennsylvania have access to quality public educational services and to the full range of educational options that are available to their peers. ELC advocates on behalf of the most vulnerable students, children living in poverty, children of color, children in the foster care and juvenile systems, children with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQ students, and children experiencing homelessness.

    This article by Julia Osborn is the third in a series of three articles on the processes parents go through in raising an exceptionally gifted child. This article, based on a study of 12 exceptionally gifted students, discusses the experiences of these parents in advocating for appropriate school placement for their children. A list of practical advocacy recommendations is included.

    Elevated Giftedness provides information and services to parents of gifted students, teachers who have gifted students in their classes, and administration who want help with gifted programming and staff education.

    This comprehensive latest edition of “Excellence in Educating Gifted and Talented Learners” is packed with ideas for effective curriculum and instruction of talented learners. You’ll find it covers personality, learners with disabilities, learning styles, and also stages of giftedness from infancy all the way to adulthood. It not only gives the characteristics and needs, but talks about grouping and acceleration and offers a comprehensive model of program development. Special attention is given to mathematics, science, social studies, and the humanities.

    Exquisite Minds, headed by national award-winning teacher Stacia Garland, believes in the importance of cultivating creativity in bright and gifted children. They offer support to parents and educators who want to challenge children to find new and constructive ways to look at the world.

    The Fairfax County Association for the Gifted (FCAG), is a non-governmental, non-profit organization of parent and student volunteers that supports educational programs for advanced academic students. FCAG’s mission is to build a community of advocates for gifted children, and connect the people and programs that support them.

    The Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG) seeks to connect and empower educators and parents who promote and support educationally sound programs for gifted students through awareness, advocacy, and action.