Category Archives: Education

Developing Teamwork Challenges for GT Students

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This week, we welcomed Greg Laufer of Adventures in Learning located in El Paso, TX as our guest to chat about developing team work challenges for gifted and talented students.  Adventures in Learning provides services to both educators and gifted students with professional development, academic competitions and summer camps. Every year they host an academic competition called Team Quest – The Ultimate Academic Challenge.

Grouping strategies are most often used in full inclusion classrooms. For in class grouping, peer-grouping greatly benefits gifted students. Another popular strategy is flexible-grouping which may yield benefits by reducing misconceptions of elitism. Gifted and talented students report overwhelmingly preference for work with other intellectual peers for numerous reasons. They get frustrated when group members expect them to do a majority of the work.

“I have seen how grouping helps students learn, become better listeners, learn life skills, and understand their classmates and themselves. Grouping by ability and interest are important, BUT we all know life is not always so neat and tidy. Students will face MANY situations in life when they will not get to work with someone like them. They also need to see the value in how others think and do things.” ~ Greg Laufer

What are the benefits of fostering team building through group work for gifted students? They need to experience working on a team early on to understand how to interact with others and prepare for later academic challenges. Gifted students can benefit from the experience of working with multiple ability peers that mirror the society in which they will one day work and live.

“Probably the biggest benefit (of grouping) is helping GT students to see they do not have to deal with everything on their own. It is common for GT students to take on too much and place pressure on themselves. Grouping helps them to see it’s OK to reach out and ask for help. Differing perspectives is another reason we at Adventures in Learning love grouping students. Inside our academic competition (Team Quest) we see this every day.” ~ Greg Laufer

We can encourage gifted students to see the value of group work with respect to successful participation in the workforce. Parents can communicate their own participation in working in groups to their children and how it has made a difference in their work experience. Teachers and schools can provide opportunities for job-shadowing and career day programs during the school year.

“With a global economy that we see today, being able to communicate and work with others is more important than ever before. The days of sitting in a cubical for 8 hours and never talking to anyone are not as prevalent as they once were. Students must be TAUGHT teamwork. Companies today are learning that being a team player and someone having still to collaborate is SOOOOOO important! After if a job candidate can demonstrate the ability to work together, they have a better chance at getting the job over a more “qualified” person.” ~ Greg Laufer

One of the best ways to impress upon children the importance of anything is to model the behavior you want to see in them. Participating in community service and including them whenever possible sends a powerful message. Parents can provide opportunities for their children to be on a team during after-school and summer recess.

Our final question of the chat was for our guest Greg Laufer: How did Adventures in Learning begin conducting Academic Competitions? Greg started Adventures in Learning over 20 years ago. His longevity in the business speaks to its benefits for the gifted community.

“I started out 22 years ago when I was asked to assist a friend to present the “paper/pencil” portion of an academic competition. It was such a fun experience that I have turned it into my life’s work. Over the years I have worked with nearly 60,000 GT students in our program TEAM QUEST. The Team Quest Theme for next school year will be “Secrets of the Sea” We will be posting about our new program throughout the summer.” ~ Greg Laufer

A transcript may be find at Wakelet.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Adventures in Learning (El Paso)

Adventures in Learning: About Us

Team Quest The Ultimate Academic Challenge

Adventures in Learning University Workshops

Adventures in Learning Professional Development & Trainings

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking

Developing Critical Thinking and Creativity through Team Building in the Classroom

Elementary Matters: Team Building Activities

Gifted and Talented Center: LEGO Science and Engineering

Developing Leadership Skills in Young Gifted Students (pdf)

AUS: Tournament of Minds – Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students (pdf)

12 Ways to Promote Teamwork, Creativity & Problem-Solving During the Summer (pdf)

Ability Grouping and Self-Esteem of Gifted Students

Adventures in Learning’s Summer Reading Program!

Team Quest: The Ultimate Academic Challenge

What Educators Need to Know About Gifted Students and Cooperative Learning (pdf)

Gifted Education and Cooperative Learning: A Miss or a Match? (pdf)

Gifted Students’ Perceptions of the Academic and Social/Emotional Effects of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Grouping (Abstract)

Cybraryman’s Collaboration Page

Cybraryman’s Connectivity Page

Guiding Gifted Collaboration

Image courtesy of Adventures in Learning.

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.


Early Learning Interventions for Gifted Kids

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Is it possible to provide early intervention for gifted children without formal identification? Very young children have difficulty paying attention during testing and easily distracted. A young gifted child’s performance on tests can be highly variable and thus deemed not as reliable as for older children. That said, not only is it possible to provide early intervention without formal identification; it is often necessary.

There is strong support for early intervention for gifted children based on developmentally appropriate practice; taking both age and individual appropriateness into account (Bredekamp,1987; Bredekamp & Rosegrant, 1992). Informal identification should be based on teacher and caregivers’ observation across domains – cognitive, aesthetic, social-emotional, motor, language – taking into consideration expected behaviors for the age of the child.

“Early intervention is critical to support students’ cognitive and affective growth. Enriched and engaging environments during early childhood years can lead to enhanced educational success. Early enrichment as a form of intervention is even more critical for bright learners who come from poverty or traditionally underrepresented populations.” (Keri M. Guilbault, Ed.D.) “Early educational experiences of many young gifted children provide limited challenge and hinder their cognitive growth rather than exposing learners to an expansive, engaging learning environment.” (NAGC)

Characteristics ‘usually’ associated with early giftedness include excellent memory beyond expectation for a specific age; mature thinking on complicated tasks; or precocious development of a specific skill. Early giftedness may be expressed by self-management of personal learning; seeking new and novel experiences; early reading; delight in problem solving. Young gifted children may seek older playmates; engage in imaginative play; display an advanced vocabulary; demonstrate asynchronous development.

Special activities and/or accommodations provided in the early childhood classroom or child care environment  may include providing opportunities to interact with mental peers; opportunities to think both divergently and convergently – experiences with more than on answer. Very young gifted children need exposure to social situations which respect the contributions of less-able children and foster recognition of the worth of all abilities. Young gifted children are individuals with different needs. They shouldn’t be expected to take on additional tasks or those beyond development capabilities. Consider exposure to a variety of experiences.

What can parents do to make sure their child receives needed interventions during early childhood? They can create a portfolio of their child’s work to serve as a basis for consideration in later identification. They can keep a diary of milestones and skills attainment. Parents should take care not to place unnecessary expectations on their child. They can provide opportunities for exploration of interests with trips to the library, visits to museums and cultural events, and nature experiences. A transcript may be found at Wakelet.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Wakelet. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Gifted Children Have Special Needs, Too

AUS: Identify Gifted Children

AUS: Gifted and Talented Education – Identification (pdf)

The Gifted and Talented Child: Best Practices for Identifying Gifted Students (pdf)

NZ: E-Portfolios as a Tool for Supporting Gifted Children in New Zealand Early Childhood Education Centres A Critical Appraisal

Early Enrichment for Young Gifted Children

Psycho-Pedagogical and Educational Aspects of Gifted Students, Starting from the Preschool Age; How Can Their Needs Be Best Met?

Small Poppies: Highly Gifted Children in the Early Years

Practical Recommendations and Interventions: Gifted Students (pdf)

A Different Perspective to the Early Intervention Applications during Preschool Period: Early Enrichment for Gifted Children

Serving Twice-Exceptional Preschoolers: Blending Gifted Education and Early Childhood Special Education Practices in Assessment and Program Planning (pdf)

Appropriate Practices for Screening, Identifying and Serving Potentially Gifted Preschoolers (pdf)

Growing Up Gifted: Developing the Potential of Children at School and at Home (8th Edition) (Amazon)

Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education (Amazon)

Cybraryman’s Early Intervention Page

Image courtesy of Pixabay CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad

Finding Summer Enrichment Opportunities

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Why is it important to find summer enrichment opportunities for gifted kids? There are many reasons to find summer enrichment; particularly when so many gifted students are languishing in classrooms where they lack challenge and enrichment. It’s been my experience these kids crave enriching summers. Summertime and school holidays can provide those rare opportunities for family time; forming true-peer relationships in pre-college or camp experiences; engaging in passion projects; exploration of new interests.

Enrichment can cover wide-ranging areas; but should ‘extend’ learning experiences. Consideration should be given to a child’s current level of understanding and desire to enhance knowledge in a particular area. It should not be an attempt to recreate the ‘classroom’ in just another setting. It should be fun and interesting for kids. They should be the one to determine the content of their enrichment experience.

Families can use summer and holiday time to seek enrichment opportunities. They need to take time for careful planning both in terms of time constraints, budget, and what the child wants to do. Family time together is precious; a time for building memories. Including enrichment is a win-win situation. Favorite vacation destinations, a family visit, even sightseeing; all can be repurposed or enhanced to seek enriching experiences for gifted kids. Family planning sessions can help to maximize the benefits for everyone.

Virtually all colleges and universities offer some form of pre-college enrichment. By scheduling opportunities at various schools, students can get a feel for the college experience while deciding what they are looking for in a school. We had a great experience with a summer program that was housed at a university. Not only did my daughter benefit from the program, but also got to experience being on a college campus, attending classes, socializing and dorm life.

Camp-style experiences can address social-emotional concerns while also guaranteeing a gifted child being able to associate with intellectual peers and mentors. These opportunities afford gifted students the chance to have a relaxing and fun experience that informs,instructs, and enhances learning outside a traditional classroom. Please see below for a list of summer opportunities. A transcript may be found at Wakelet.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page: Summer and Saturday Enrichment Programs

Summer Discovery Pre-College and Middle-School Enrichment Programs (14 University Partners)

Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens

Top Summer Camps for Gifted Children

What Summer Camp Enrichment Programs for Gifted Students Can Offer

The Importance of Summer Learning Opportunities for Gifted Students

Finding the Right Summer Program for Your Gifted Child

Planning for Summer 

Exploring Summer Camps Options (pdf)

Beyond School Walls: What Parents Can Do to Widen the Horizons of Their Gifted Learners (pdf)

Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy (pdf)

Summer Enrichment of Just Hanging Out? What Parents Should Know about Extended Learning Opportunities (pdf)

50 Best Pre-College Summer Science Programs for High School Students

Summer Enrichment Programs

Summer Enrichment Opportunities – Meaningful Experiences Beyond the School Year

2e-Friendly Summer Camp Listing

A Kick Start to Summer Camps

Sprite’s Site: Gifted @ Play: Calculate your Leisure Profile

Hoagies’ Blog Hop: The Gift of Free Time

Cybraryman’s Summer Fun and Learning

Summer Enrichment Opportunities 2018*

(For informational purposes only. Listing is not an endorsement. Some deadlines have passed.)


University of Alabama K-12 Summer Programs


Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program: Summer Bridge (Anchorage) 

Campbell Creek Science Center Trailside Discovery Camp (Anchorage) 

Spring Creek Farm Trailside Discovery Camp (Palmer)

University of Alaska (Anchorage & MatSu): Summer Engineering Academies


Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented: Student Enrichment Scholarship (up to $200)

Arizona State University: Barrett Summer Scholars

Gifted Rocks Summer Camps 2018 (pdf) (Anthem/Glendale)


2018 Arkansas Governor’s School


Alpha Star Academy Summer Camps (Santa Clara)

California College of the Arts Summer Pre-College Programs

Camp Galileo (Bay Area)

Camp Galileo (SoCal)

Sally Ride Science Junior Academy (San Diego)

San Francisco Art Institute: Pre-College

Sonoma State University Summer 2018 Program

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies Academic Enrichment Programs

UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program: Summer Classes

UC Berkeley’s Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program

UC Irvine Summer 2018 Gifted Students Academy

UC San Diego Academic Connections

USC Spend the Summer with USC Dornsife


Colorado College (Colorado Springs) Gifted and Talented Plus Summer Programs 2018

Jefferson County Gifted Summer Opportunities (pdf)

UNC: Summer Enrichment Program

Weld RE-4 Summer Academic Camps 2018


Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop Summer 2018

Manchester Community College Summer Enrichment Programs

Manchester Community College Summer Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth Excursions in Learning Youth Programs

Project Oceanology Summer Camps

Talcott Mountain Science Center Summer Programs


University of Delaware: Edge Summer College Program


Pompano Beach High School Young Scholar Academy Summer Camp for the Gifted (pdf)


Stetson University HATS Summer Courses

University of Miami Summer Scholars Program


Atlanta Public Schools: Xanadu 2018 Gifted Summer Programs

Mathematics in Action (MIA) Scholars Program (Georgia Gwinnett College)

Tech Camp (Georgia Gwinnett College)


Galileo Innovation Camps (Chicago area)

Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Camp

Science and Arts Academy: Summer Adventures in Learning (Des Plaines)

University of Chicago Summer Session for High School Students

Northwestern University: National High School Institute


Belin Blank Center: Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Blank Park Zoo Summer Safari Camps 2018 (Des Moines)

Dickinson County Nature Center (Okoboji): Summer Youth Camps

Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids (Coe College – Cedar Rapids)

Iowa Ceramics Center Summer and Glass Studio Camps 2018 (Cedar Rapids)

Iowa State CY-TAG Summer Residential Program

Iowa State University Engineering Camps

Kirkwood Community College: STEM Camps (Cedar Rapids)

Living History Farms Summer Day Camps 2018 (Des Moines)

Maker Summer Camps from FabLab (Iowa City)

Summit Summer Camps (Cedar Rapids)

TCR Summer Performance Camps (Cedar Rapids)

TechKnow Summer Classes (Spencer)

Willow Wind Summer Program 2018: Full STEAM AHEAD (Iowa City)


WKU: Camp Explore 1st – 3rd grade June 4-8, 2018

WKU: SCATS 6th – 8th grade June 10 -22, 2018

WKU: VAMPY 7th – 10th June 24 – July 14, 2018

WKU: Camp Innovate July 3rd – 5th grade   9 – 13, 2018


McNeese State University Governor’s Program for Gifted Children

University of Louisiana Lafayette Academic Achievement Program: Rising Pre-K through 6th Grades (pdf)

University of Louisiana Lafayette Summer Scholars Residential and Commuter Program 2018 (pdf)


Boston College: Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students

Brandeis University: Summer Residential Programs

Gakko: The Berkshires Ages: 13 – 18 June 24th – July 13th, 2018

New England Center for Investigative Reporting: The Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute (Boston)

Smith College (Women): Field Studies for Sustainable Futures

Smith College (Women): Summer Science & Engineering Program

Snow Farm Summer (Williamsburg)

Tuffs University: Summer at Tuffs Pre-College Programs

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Frontier Program

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Launch Program


University of Maryland: Terp Young Scholars


Calvin College: Summer Camps

Roeper Summer Programs

Michigan State University: GATE Summer Programs 2018 (pdf)


2018 Minnesota Summer Camp Guide


University of Southern Mississippi Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies: Summer Gifted Studies Program


Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School Pre-College Summer Programs 


Doane University – Crete: Going Green! Algae for Biofuels Camp

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (Ashland): Summer Camps

University of Nebraska – Cedar Point Biological Station: Biodiversity and Field Science Camp

University of Nebraska – Kearney: Cyber Camp

University of Nebraska – Lincoln: Life Underground:  The Unseen Power of Microbes Camp

University of Nebraska – Omaha: Aim For the Stars Science & Math Camp

University of Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha: High School Alliance Enrichment Programs

New Jersey:

Gifted Child Society Summer Super Stars Camp STEAM Day Camp 2018

Kean University Group Summer Scholars Research Program for High School Students

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Women in Engineering & Technology Initiatives FEMME Program

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Intermediate Robotics (iRobotics) 

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Fundamentals of Physical Sciences

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Academy College Courses for High School Students

Rider University: Pre-College Musical Theatre Institute

Rider University: Pre-College Stage and Screen Acting Academy

Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Summer Camps, Institutes, and Intensives

Rutgers University: Summer Scholars Program

Rutgers University: Summer Science Scholars Academy

Rutgers University: Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

SEE Camp Summer Enrichment

Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken) Pre-College Programs

Stockton University: Science Enrichment Academy (SEAS)

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Bonner Fellows Program

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Academy for the Exploration of Health Professions

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Academy for Science, Career, and Research Exploration

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer High School Urban Teacher Academy (pdf)

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Summer Robotics Camp

New York:

Alfred University Summer Programs

Challenge Camp (Westchester Co.)

Columbia University Barnard College High School Pre-College Summer Programs

Cooper Union: Introduction to Architecture for High School Students

Cooper Union: Summer Art Intensive

Cooper Union: Summer STEM Program

Cooper Union: Summer Writing Program

Cornell: Summer College

Hunter College Summer Enrichment Program (NYC)

Ithaca College Summer College for High School Students

NYC Summer Academy

New York Institute of Technology Academy

New York University (NYU): Summer High School Programs

Saratoga 2018 Summer Enrichment (pdf)

Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students

Union College Summer Program

Wagner College: Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students

North Carolina:

Duke University: Summer Academy for High School Students

Duke University: Summer College for High School Students

Duke University: Summer Intensive STEM Academy


Air Camp (Dayton)

Be Wise STEM Camps (Girls) (Denison University – Granville)

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: Summer Camps (Dayton)

Miami University Summer Scholars Program

Miami University Youth Writing Camp 2018

Oberlin College and Conservatory Summer Programs

Ohio Northern University Summer Academic and Honors Institute

Ohio Northern University Summer Camps

Ohio State: Explorations in Neuroscience Summer Camp

Ohio State: Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute

Ohio State: Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers Intensive Three-day Residential Program

Ohio State: Philosophy and Critical Thinking Summer Camp – 2018 Focus: Justice

Ohio State: Public Speaking and Debate Camp

Ohio State: Ross Mathematics Program

Ohio State: STEM Summer Camps

Ohio State: Stone Lab Introductory Courses

Ohio State: Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing 2018

Ohio Supercomputer Center Summer Institute 2018 (Columbus)

Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League of Columbus Residential Summer Camp

Otterbein University 2018 Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted and Talented

Otterbein University Summer Music Experience

Summer Opportunities for Gifted Learners

Thurber Center 2018 Summer Writing Camp (Columbus)

University of Cincinnati: Design Architecture Art Planning (DAAP) Camps 2018 

University of Cincinnati: High School Arts Immersion

University of Toledo: Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Camps

Wright State Pre-College Residential Camps 2018


Bucknell Academy Summer Experience

Camp Ballibay Arts Camp (Wyalusing Township)

Chatham University High School Summer Experiences Eduscholars/STEAM Camp (pdf)

Chatham University (Eden Hill) Sustainability Leadership Academy

CMU: Pre-College Artificial Intelligence

CMU: Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

CMU: Summer Pre-College Programs

Cumberland Valley School District Summer Enrichment 2018 (pdf) (Mechanicsburg) 

Duquesne University: Summer Institute for High School Students

Duquesne University: Forensic Science and Law Summer Workshop

Gettysburg College Summer Programs

Grayson School Summer 2018 Enrichment Programs

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Summer Honors College

Juniata College: Summer Science Splash Camp

Lebanon Valley College Summer Camps

Point Park University High School Summer Journalism Workshop

Susquehanna University: Exploring Legal Careers Summer Workshop

Susquehanna University: Summer Writers Workshop

University of Pennsylvania Penn Summer High School Programs

University of Pittsburgh Accelerated High School

Rhode Island:

Rhode Island School of Design: Pre-College

Roger Williams University: High School Summer Academy

South Carolina:

Furman University Summer Scholars


Vanderbilt University Programs for Talented Youth Summer 2018 Student Programs


Aquatic Science Adventure Camp

AwesomeMath Summer Programs (Plano)

Austin Public Library Friends Foundation

Baylor’s University for Young People

Botanical Research Institute of Texas: Camp BRIT 2018

Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory Camp Casa Jr. (Fort Worth) 

Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory Camp Casa (Fort Worth)

Central Texas Writing Project: Young Writers Camp (Multiple Locations) 

Creative Brick Builders: 2018 Summer Camps (Multiple Locations)

E.A. Young Academy’s Ignite! Summer Intensives 2018

Fort Worth Museum Science and History: Summer 2018 Museum School 

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: 2018 Summer Natural History Adventures (pdf)

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Camps and Programs

Game Worlds (Austin)

Kimbell Art Museum: Summer Camps (Fort Worth)

Lone Star Leadership Academy (DFW)

Mansfield ISD: Rising Stars Discovery Camp 2018

Mighty Minds Enrichment Programs: Summer Camps (Plano/Frisco) 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: Summer Art Camp and Art Study at the Modern 2018

Rice University: Creative Writing Camp

Rice University: Energy Explorations Academy at Rice University Summer 2018

Rice University: Rice Computer Engineering Design Academy for Middle School Students

Rice University: Rice Summer Business Institute

Rice University: Rice Summer Sessions for High School Students

Rice University: Tapia Camps Programs for Summer 2018

Summer Scholars Camp (Multiple Locations)

Texas A&M: Youth Adventure Program (College Station)

TCU Summer Camps 

Texas State University: EARDC Aquatic Science Adventure Camp (San Marcos)

Texas Tech University – Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL)

UT Arlington: Engineering Summer Programs

UT Arlington: Music Camps

UT Arlington: Kids and Teens University Summer Camps

UT Arlington: Summer @CAPPA 2018

UT Dallas: Coding Camps Summer 2018


Talent Development Institute: TDI Summer Camp 2018

The Putney School Summer Arts Studios


Governor’s Foreign Language Academies 2018

University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools 2018


Robinson Center for Young Scholars Summer Challenge (University of Washington) 

Satori Camp

Summer @ Seabury 2018 (Tacoma)

Whitworth University: Whitworth’s Summer Program for Gifted Middle School Students (Spokane)

Washington, D.C.:

American University Community of Scholars Summer Program

Georgetown University Summer High School Programs 

George Washington University Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students 

The St. Albans School of Public Service

West Virginia:

National Youth Science Camp (WV)


Academic Study Associates Summerfuel

AIFS Gap Year/High School Programs Abroad

Boston University: Summer Programs for High School Students

Brown University Pre-College Summer Programs

Camp Summit (East/West)

Catholic University of America School of Architecture Summer High School Program

Coding with Kids: Camps Summer 2018 (Multiple Locations)

Concordia Language Villages Summer Camps (MN)

Cornell University Catalyst Academy

Davidson THINK Summer Institute (NV)

Duke University Youth Summer Programs (NC)

Great Books Summer Programs

Green River Preserve (NC)

Harvard University (MA) Summer Programs for High School Students

Interlochen Arts Camp (MI)

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs (MD)

Junior Statesman Pre-College Summer Programs for High School Students


National Inventors: Camp Invention (Multiple Locations)

National Student Leadership Conference (Multiple Locations)

Northwestern University Center for Talent Development Summer Programs (IL) 

Purdue University GERI Summer Camps

Space Camp (AL)

Summer Discovery – Middle School Enrichment (Multiple Locations) 

Summer Institute for the Gifted (Multiple Locations)

UC-Berkeley: Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps (CA) 

University of Notre Dame Pre-College Summer Programs

William & Mary: Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History

Windsor Mountain Summer Camp (NH)

Yale Young Global Scholars

Yunasa Summer Camps


CET Academic Programs (Study Abroad)

Oxbridge Academic Programs (US Locations)


Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Online Summer Classes

Laurel Springs Schools Summer Program

Northwestern University: Gifted Learning Links

*List compiled by and courtesy of Lisa Conrad and Gifted Parenting Support.

Image courtesy of Pixabay  CC0 Public Domain

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

Critical Issues in Gifted Education

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Before we began the chat, we thanked the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented for 6 years of incredible support for #gtchat!

Critical Thank You 6 Years

AND … Congratulated TAGT on their 40th Anniversary of serving the gifted and talented of Texas!

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Today, there are many critical issues facing gifted education and this week at #gtchat we focused on six issues. These issues covered a wide-range including where the emphasis should be placed in educating gifted children – whole child or strictly academics; teacher certification; identification; funding; equity; and best practices.

Should teachers of gifted students be required to be certified in gifted education? Any profession benefits from certification. Gifted education is rarely covered at the undergraduate level. Educators often lack the knowledge to recognize giftedness or the know how to respond to gifted students. Certification enhances a teacher’s ability to fairly and competently provide the best possible education for gifted students.

There are ways of identifying students for participation in gifted programs that respect equity regarding race, gender, economic status, 2E, and more. Identification needs to be universally done  in the early elementary years. If a child shows strong signs of giftedness, earlier assessment should be considered. Lack of challenge can lead to many behavior and academic issues later. Specific assessments that reduce bias are available and should be used when appropriate.

Gifted education has a place even in tight school budgets. Denying students services claiming there is no money is just an excuse. School districts always ‘find’ the money when they need to do so. All students deserve a free and appropriate education. Full stop. Gifted education does not have to be expensive. An open mind to its ‘appropriateness’ can lead to many low-cost interventions such as acceleration, genius hour, and PBL.

Should greater emphasis be placed on the whole gifted child or academic achievement? Gifted education should meet the unique needs of each individual student. High achievers are not necessarily gifted and vice versa. Gifted students have many needs beyond academics; dealing with myths about being gifted, bullying, social-emotional needs, and finding intellectual peers.

Many options for gifted programming can be considered best practice. It begins with acknowledging the need for gifted services, early assessment and intervention, and providing a long-term individualized plan. Differentiation and acceleration are widely accepted as exceptional gifted programming; however, they don’t provide for students who exhibit an increased rate of acquisition. This leads to GT students relegated to the back of the room reading.

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Why is it important to define what it means to be ‘gifted’? What are the consequences for failing to do so for educators, counselors and associated professionals? When teachers equate the ‘gifted’ label solely as high achievers, the gifted student will rarely receive appropriate intervention or adequate instruction and challenge in the classroom.  Professionals who lack knowledge about what it means to be gifted cause a ripple effect throughout the system; such as referring students for inappropriate services, misdiagnosis of gifted characteristic traits, and misunderstanding 2E kids. A transcript of this chat may be found at Wakelet.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Thursdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Fridays at 1 PM NZDT/11 AM AEDT/Midnight UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news and information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach (Amazon)

Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education, 2E: What the Research Says (Amazon)

Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Learners (pdf)

Recognizing, Supporting and Nurturing Underserved Gifted Students: A Moral Imperative

Understanding the Learning & Advocacy Needs of a Twice-Exceptional Student Through A Strengths-Based Lens: A Case Study in California (pdf)

The Impact of Vulnerabilities and Strengths on the Academic Experiences of Twice-Exceptional Students: A Message to School Counselors Article Critique

The Interest Issues of Gifted Children (pdf)

Gifted and Talented Education: A Review of Relevant Literature (pdf)

6 Gifted Children Problems

State Report Card Shows Most States Struggle to Support High-Achieving Students with Financial Need

States Faulted on Help for High-Ability, Low-Income Students

County Aims to Break Down Racial Barriers to Gifted Classes

The Framework for Gifted Endorsement Guidelines – PA (pdf)

Gifted Education Practices

No, It’s not Time to Ditch the Gifted Label

Cybraryman’s Gifted Identification Page

Sprite’s Site: Brown Brogues

I Did Something I would NEVER Do in Most Classrooms

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Image courtesy of Pixabay CC0 Public Domain

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