The World Wide Web offers myriad resources for counselors, parents
and educators of the gifted and talented. Here are several links
that give you a good start in your search for reliable, thorough
listings of bibliographies, associations and organizations. Start
with AskERIC and the Gifted Resources Home Page. For a broader reach
and to find resources in specific locales, try the Web search engines
or directories, which sometimes feature gifted and talented references.
Two are attached below.
National Association for Gifted Children
Gifted Education Page
The AskERIC site is maintained by the Educational
Resources Information Center (ERIC), a federally funded national
information system that provides a variety of services and products
on a broad range of education-related issues. You'll find a multitude
of references for educational links and sites specific to the general
topic of the gifted and talented. Also included is a good list of
online discussion groups where counselors, parents, educators and
gifted people can find peer support.
from the SouthWestern Opportunities Network (SwopNet.com)
This thorough bibliography lists resources specific
to issues faced by several groups within the gifted and talented
population -- underachievement, gender and racial issues, learning
disabilities -- and their educators and counselors.
Association for the Gifted
The CAG maintains several programs whose goal is
to advocate appropriate curriculum, legislation and opportunities
to benefit the more than 300,000 gifted students in grades K-12
in California schools. The CAG also maintains an active political
action committee (CAG/PAC) and a part-time lobbyist in Sacramento.
It cooperates with the state education department on curriculum,
and it established a comprehensive personalized program to assess
and develop the professional skills of educators who are working
with gifted students. The CAG also sponsors scholarships, grants
and awards for both teachers and students.
Development Resources' mental health 'subsite'
Created and maintained by writer and interviewer
Douglas Eby, the Talent Development Resources site features this
mental health and creativity section with links to individual pages
on topics like addictions, eating disorders and positive psychology.
Each page begins with relevant quotes from newsmakers and ends with
lists of books and articles on each subject. Note especially the
pages regarding counseling and therapy.
Gifted Development Center
The Gifted Development Center in Denver, CO, serves
parents, schools, and advocacy groups with information about identification,
assessment, counseling, learning styles, programs, presentations,
and resources for gifted children and adults. Known for its theory
of visual-spatial learning, it's directed by noted author and psychologist
Educational Options spotlights resources that aid
in the struggle to guide a highly intelligent person toward a life
of fulfillment and purpose. Psychologist Deborah L. Ruf founded
Educational Options in 1999 to help the families of gifted children,
particularly highly and profoundly gifted children, begin their
search for answers related to gifted issues.
Web search engines and directories
Yahoo.com offers a page of resources:
> Education > K-12
Google.com also categorizes gifted and talented
Web sites among 12 topics and breaks out more than two dozen related
> Education > K through 12 > Gifted Education
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