Monthly Archives: March 2014

Best Blogs in the Gifted Community

This week’s Poll topics resulted in the highest number of votes in the past two years. It was great to see many ‘old timers’ at this chat as well as many new faces. A full transcript may be found here.

Below you will find links to sites and blogs shared during the chat and a list of blogs assembled prior to chat. Several of the links are collections of blog links.

Links (from the chat):

How Well Does Gifted Education Use Social Media?

Gifted Challenges “Top Blogs about Gifted Children, Gifted Education, & Parenting”

Ramblings of a Gifted Teacher’s Blog Hop 2014

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hop

New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week 2013 *

Gifted Phoenix’s Twitter List

Purdue’s OWL on Cting Blogs in APA Format

Are All Children Gifted?” From Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Where is New Zealand’s Excellence Gap?”  From Gifted Phoenix

Byrdseed Gifted (website)

Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension (education blog)

Engage Their Minds

Raising Lifelong Learners

My Twice Baked Potato

Gifted Resources Blog (Jo Freitag)

Chasing Hollyfeld Through the Gifted Jungle

A Meaningful Mess

Gluten-Free Mum

Joyful Latin Learning – Tres Columnae

Lisa Rivero

Beyond Our Box Gifted Education Beyond the Norm

Farley’s Neverending Death Throes

* “New Zealand Gifted Awareness Week 2014” will be held June 17th to the 23rd. Follow @gtchatmod on Twitter who will provide more information as it becomes available.


Links to Blogs (does not imply endorsement):

An Intense Life (Christine Fonseca)

Asynchronous Scholars’ Fund

Belin-Blank (Univ of IA)

Beyond Intelligence (Dona Matthews)

Building Wing Span (Susanne Thomas)

Crushing Tall Poppies

Distilling G and T Ideas

Gifted and Talented Ireland (Peter Lydon)

Gifted Education Perspectives (Ben Hebebrand)

Gifted Exchange from @DavidsonGifted

Gifted Guru (Lisa Van Gemert)

Gifted Matters (Mika Gustavson)

Gifted Out of the Box

Gifted Parenting Support (Lisa Conrad)

Gifted Phoenix See Blogroll

Head Guru Teacher

High Ability

Innreach’s Blog  (Leslie Graves)

Irish Gifted Education Blog

Krumelurebloggen (Norway)

Laughing at Chaos (Jen Merrill)

Living the Life Fantastic (Karla Archer)

Parenting Gifted Kids

Prufrock Press Blog

Ramblings of a Gifted Teacher (Jeffrey Shoemaker)

Red, White and Grew (Pamela Price)

Smarte Barn (Norway)

Sprite’s Site (Jo Freitag)

Talent Igniter Blog (Deborah Ruf)

Talent Talk (Northwestern)

Talento y Euducacion (Javier Touron – Spain)

Teach a Gifted Kid (Angie French)

Teach From the Heart (Jen Marten)

Terry Bradley – Gifted Education

The Deep End (Stephanie Tolan)

The Maker Mom: Gifted Kids

Unexpected Gifts

Unwrapping the Gifted

Venspired (Krissy Venosdale)

Watch Out for Gifted People (Sarah Wilson GHF)

Wenda Sheard Thoughts on Life Learning

New Feature at #gtchat: Monthly Weekend Chats

Clock 4PMPhoto: MorgueFile

This week’s Global #gtchat will take place on Sunday at 4/3 C and 1 PT in the U.S. as well as 8PM (20.00) in the U.K. and 7AM (7.00) on Monday in eastern Australia in lieu of our regular Friday chats. (Please note that the U.S. has already switched to Daylight Saving Time.) This new feature has been added to accommodate those people who are unable to attend chat at its regularly scheduled time at 7/6 C (U.S.) on Fridays. A complete time zone converter for this week’s chat may be found here.

Clock 2005

Photo: MorgueFile

The topic for this week’s chat will be about the Best Blogs in the Gifted Community. It is not surprising that this topic was chosen in our Weekly Poll. The day after the Poll questions were posted, a rather controversial blog post was posted on the blog Momastery. It was met with a bevy of responses in the gifted blogosphere (*see links below); pointing to the importance blogs have come to play in the gifted community both for information and advocacy.

Below, I have included the questions that we will be discussing during this week’s chat. Several questions will be concerned with blogging in general. The last two questions will open the floor to suggestions for your favorite education and parenting blogs. You are welcome to link to your own blog where applicable.

Please join us this week as we explore we explore the world of blogging in the gifted community!

Chat Questions for 03/23/2014:

Q1) Are blogs a credible source of information?

Q2) Do blogs have a significant impact on public opinion?

Q3) Do you ever comment on blog posts? More so when you agree or disagree?

Q4) What is a blog hop and have you ever participated in or followed one?

Q5) What are your favorite blogs for gifted education?

Q6) What are your favorite blogs for gifted parenting?



*The Momastery Controversy and Blog Response:

The Rub: “Every Child is Gifted and Talented. Every Single One. I Know This is True.

Our friends at Gifted Homeschoolers Forum have compiled a list of blog responses to this post (and to ‘All Children are Gifted’) on their site. Special thanks to Corin Barsily Goodwin for her tireless effort to advocate for gifted children.

The Response: “Are All Children Gifted?

Closing the Excellence Gap

Talent on the Sidelines

As Global #gtchat celebrated its 2nd year of support from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, we welcomed a formidable panel of guests to discuss “Closing the Excellence Gap”. For over a decade, U.S. education policy-makers have sought to close the achievement gap; virtually ignoring its brightest students believing they would make it on their own. Worse yet, low-income and minority students who should have been receiving support were not even invited into the room.

Let’s meet our guests for this chat! Dr. Joy Davis is Associate Professor at Virginia Union University,  author of Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners and a return guest to #gtchat. Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman is co-founder of The Creativity Post, Blogger at Scientific American and author of Ungifted. Rebecca McMillan is Senior Editor of The Creativity Post  and founder of The Brain Café on Facebook. Rebecca is also an online instructor for Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Dr. Jonathan Plucker is Professor at the University of Connecticut and Lead Author on “Talent on the Sidelines: Excellence Gaps and America’s Persistent Talent Underclass.” Dr. Donna Y. Ford was unable to be with us due to travel delays, but has agreed to be our guest for another chat in the near future. We look forward to chatting with her.

Joy-davis                                                                  Dr. Joy Lawson Davis

Scott Barry KaufmanDr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Rebecca McMillanRebecca McMillan

Jonathan PluckerDr. Jonathan Plucker

Our first question delved into the difference between the Achievement Gap and the Excellence Gap.

Dr. Davis: “It’s [EG] a gap that prevents equitable access to advanced education programs; creating a schism between haves and have-nots. The have-nots are as capable, but lack access and opportunities; thus achievement cannot be fairly measured.”

Dr. Kaufman: “The ‘excellence gap’ represents the growing gap between high performing disadvantaged youth and more affluent peers.”

Rebecca McMillan: “Whereas the achievement gap focuses on the percentage of culturally diverse and disadvantaged students that reach proficiency, the excellence gap focuses on the percentage of culturally diverse & low-income students who reach higher levels of achievement as measured by participation in GT programs, AP & Honors classes, and advanced scores on state and national assessments.”

Dr. Plucker: “Excellence Gaps are achievement gaps at the high end of the achievement range. Excellence Gaps are big & persistent. The term represents intersection between equity & excellence. The U.S. is one of the few countries that treat equity & excellence as mutually exclusive.”

What groups comprise ‘America’s Persistent Talent Underclass’?

Dr. Davis: “[Groups include] students of color, particularly African American & Latino students & the poor, those from single parent headed households.”

Dr. Kaufman: “Any student who is systematically blocked from resources that would allow him or her to flourish is vulnerable. The culture of the school can also have a tremendous impact on vulnerability to excellence gaps.

Rebecca McMillan: “I would include homeless, abused, and neglected students. Students with unstable or difficult home environments.”

Dr. Plucker: “Underprivileged minority students and poor students, primarily. Some evidence that racial Excellence Gaps are closing at VERY slow rates; but poverty Excellence Gaps appear to be growing”

How can inequities specifically related to racial differences in gifted & advanced learner programs be addressed?

Dr. Davis: “By recognizing the very real discriminatory factors that prevent equitable experiences in schools. Ensuring that teachers are trained and sensitive to the needs of diverse students and how culture and race impacts learning. [While] doing PD in Title I school, teacher said to me: ‘aint’ no gifted kids in this school!

Dr. Kaufman: “I advocate a holistic evaluation of possibility for all students that assesses ability, engagement, and personal goals.We must take all dreams seriously, no matter how big or small, and help students get there step by step.”

Rebecca McMillan: “Identification issues are paramount. We need multiple, wide-gauge methods. Creativity must be considered. In my view, what drives both the excellence and achievement gaps is an engagement gap.”

Dr. Plucker: “Use local norms. Inexcusable to have no services in majority minority or high poverty schs. Local norms help change perceptions.I still hear racist comments in schools, for ex., “We can’t let too many of ‘those kids’ into the program.” Need to confront! [This] goes for poor kids, too: We don’t talk nearly enough about anti-poor bias in U.S.”

A complete transcript of this chat may be found here.


Talent on the Sidelines: The Widening Gap in Excellence” at the Creativity Post by Scott Barry Kaufman 

Talent on the Sidelines: Excellence Gaps & America’s Persistent Talent Underclass” by Dr. JonathanPlucker (pdf)

Excellence Gap 2012 (website)

Dr. Jonathan Plucker Bio @UCONN

Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman Bio

The Brain Cafe on Facebook

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis’ Blog WeAreGifted2

Interview with Dr. JonathanPlucker on Talent on the Sidelines (podcast)

Improve Education While Increasing Child Poverty – An Impossible NC Strategy

Hispanics Struggle to Graduate: An Issue of School Choice?

Report: ‘Excellence Gap’ Growing Among American Students

Excellence Gap Among American Students

Long Read: Narrowing the Excellence Gap

Report Cites Growing ‘Excellence Gap’

Report: Race, Wealth Remain Factors in State Achievement Gap

Race Equity & Excellence in Education Network  

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (website)

Dr. Donna Ford Bio

“Excellence Gap” from GiftedPhoenix

Scientific American Blog Beautiful Minds by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman’s Website

“Academic Survivability in High-Potential, Middle School Students” GCQ 1996 Plucker/McIntire

5 Questions for Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman about ‘The Creativity Post’ by Dr. JonathanLWai

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined (book – Amazon) by @sbkaufman Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice (book – Amazon) by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman 

Few Black & Latino Students Were Admitted to NYC’s Specialized Schools This Year

Integrating Multicultural and Gifted Education: A Curricular Framework” (pdf) from Dr. Donna Y. Ford et al

Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners (Amazon – book) by Dr. Joy Lawson Davis

Welcome Dr. Donna Y. Ford to SENG’s Professional Advisory Committee

I, Too, Am Harvard

Cybraryman’s Culture Page

Cybraryman’s You Matter Page

From Evaluation to Inspiration: Scott Barry Kaufman at TEDx Manhattan Beach (video)

From Evaluation to Inspiration” at Scientific American Beautiful Minds Blog from Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program

Measuring Child Poverty: New League Tables of Child Poverty in the World’s Rich Countries from Unicef

Map the Meal Gap, Food Insecurity in Your County (U.S.)

The Need for Belonging in Math and Science” by Scott Barry Kaufman

Letter Grades Deserve an ‘F’” from Jessica Lahey

De Bono’s 6 Action Shoes: One Size Shoe Cover System” from Jo Freitag

The Future Project

Revealing New Truths About Our Nation’s Schools” (pdf) from the Office for Civil Rights

Status Quo at Elite New York Schools: Few Blacks and Hispanics

Con Cariño: Teacher Caring, Math Self-Efficacy, and Math Achievement Among Hispanic English Learners

Learning to Attend to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners Through Teacher Inquiry in Teacher Education

Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate 2013 – 2014 Program

Intensive Small-Group Tutoring and Counseling Helps Struggling Students

Rebecca McMillan Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Online Spring 2014 Instructor

Rebecca McMillan Sui Generis at The Creativity Post

Rebecca McMillan Senior Editor at The Creativity Post

Ode to Positive Constructive Daydreaming” by Rebecca McMillan et al

“Quiet Kids” with Christine Fonseca

Fonseca head shotThis week we welcomed author and longtime friend of #gtchat, Christine Fonseca, to discuss her book Quiet Kids about introverted gifted children. A full transcript can be found here.

Christine shared with us that she wrote the book after being inspired  by the countless stories she had from working with families struggling with their children who were introverted. As an adult introvert herself, she wanted to have others understand the strength and power of introverts. Given that so many GT individuals are gifted, she also wrote it as part of her push to help others understand giftedness.

From Christine ~ “Extroversion and introversion refer to a person’s temperament; and temperament is hardwired for the most part. It has to do with how a person utilizes energy; for extroverts, they crave social connection, thriving off of the energy of another. Introverts, renew their person energy through solitude; to them, the energy of social involvement is often overwhelming.”

We would like to thank Christine for providing a copy of her book that we gave away during the chat!

Quiet Kids book cover


Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World” Book Review via @DavidsonGifted

Christine Fonseca’s Blog

Quiet Kids (book – Amazon)

Quiet Kids and Christine Fonseca” on Michelle McLean’s Blog

Child Psychologist, Christine Fonseca’s New Book Breaks the Silence on Introverted

‘Soaring with Strengths’ Sample Chapter from Quiet Kids (pdf)

Helping Your Extroverted or Introverted Child Thrive” on Bay Area Parent

Quiet Kids on GoodReads

Introverts’ 6 Biggest Management Challenges” via Lisa Van Gemert  

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