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TAG is a division of The Council on Exceptional Children and is dedicated to promoting the welfare and education of children and youth with gifts, talents, and/or high potential.
Especially for parents, but worthwhile for teachers, too. Includes good links to other sites & all kinds of practical, down-to-earth information.
NRC/GT was funded under a federal Javits Grant to focus on research and wide-ranging information about the gifted. This site includes many valuable resources. Underachievers, special education, cultural diversity, grouping practices, etc. are just some of the topics to be found.
SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
This site features improved, easy search capabilities for articles, resources and state policy pages to help students, parents and educators pinpoint a wealth of gifted information. It is a section of the Davidson Institute Website ( and includes an amazing collection of articles online. This site is a valuable resource for finding excellent information about providing for gifted children.
Dr. Linda Silverman’s website, with worthwhile articles and links to many other useful sites related to gifted children and adults
The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our nation’s most talented young people in pursuing their full academic and personal potential. IEA provides a variety of programs and services designed specifically for the gifted community, including the Yunasa summer camp for highly gifted youth and the Apprenticeship Program.

Schools/Programs for Gifted Education
The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for children in preschool through grade 12 with campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan. Roeper School cares deeply for children, understands the importance of these formative years, and works hard to empower children at every stage and grade. The Roeper School typically requires an IQ psychological assessment for admission. The current condition of our nation and our world demands that we educate children to care for others, think critically, and reach for humanistic ideals in all of their interactions.
This private independent school for the gifted is 30 years old and is a very unique, non-profit organization. It is dedicated to providing a superior Young K – Gr-8 learning environment for the uniquely gifted child, supporting each one in all areas: academically, intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. Steppingstone approaches every student as an individual, understanding his or her unique needs and providing the challenges and the opportunities that will help develop that person’s full potential.
Summers-Knoll School in Ann Arbor is a private school where bright children progress at their own pace, creative children engage in limitless exploration and gifted children discover their potential. Summers-Knoll School is designed to provide a rich academic experience for students from kindergarten through fifth grade in small, multi-age classes.
The mission of Emerson School in Ann Arbor is to provide a whole child, multiple method approach to instruction for gifted and for academically talented students. Emerson School encourages creativity, problem solving, and the development of basic skills, while providing a warm, supportive environment that promotes responsibility for oneself and others.

Avondale GATE Magnet School

Avondale’s GATE Magnet School is dedicated to providing an innovative learning environment where gifted students can maximize their academic and social/emotional growth through personalized learning. The program currently serves students in grades 2 – 8.
Bates Academy is a K-8 examination school for gifted/talented students that is a part of the Detroit Public Schools. Students must demonstrate exceptional cognitive abilities and must be able to succeed academically beyond their current grade level. They do vertical acceleration as well as horizontal. Their academic program is designed for gifted/talented students. They use the Detroit Board of Education curriculum and then extend using Bloom’s Taxonomy as the basis for further instruction. Bates Academy is among the few public schools in Michigan to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10.
Gifted & Talented Education (GATE) is a division of the Honors College at Michigan State University. They are dedicated to promoting differentiated educational programs for students in grades 7 – 12. They offer accelerated programming for students in grades 7th-12th. This includes academic year programming, as well as challenging summer credit and non-credit courses in math, science, technology, literature, as well as forensics.
Designed to meet the needs of motivated middle and high school students who are searching for a challenging, fast-paced, and above-grade level curriculum, ATYP serves students from throughout Southwest Michigan. It offers both math and language arts courses on WMU’s Kalamazoo and Battle Creek campuses.

The Kent County ATYP program is a highly accelerated Math and/or Language Arts program, providing Kent County students demonstrating unusual academic promise and passion for math or language arts the opportunity to study in greater depth and complexity, and at a much faster pace. It is based on the Johns Hopkins Talent Search model.
The Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University is one of four universities conducting talent searches within the United States. NU’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) serves an eight state region in the Midwest, including the state of Michigan. NUMATS seeks to provide assessment to third through ninth graders. Students qualify for the talent searches by scoring in the 95th percentile or above on a nationally normed, standardized in-grade achievement test. They can also qualify through state achievement test scores, by being a past talent search participant or by qualifying for a school’s gifted program. A teacher or parent may also nominate a student. Through the assessment that NUMATS provides, students can be matched to appropriate kinds of educational programs including accelerated courses of study and enrichment opportunities. Through NUMATS, parents and educators learn the specific academic areas in which the students demonstrate aptitude and receive recommendations for them to develop these talent areas further.

This program serves academically talented seventh, eighth and ninth graders from greater Ottawa County by offering fast-paced, accelerated instruction in writing and mathematics. PATH enables local school districts to offer academically talented students instruction at an appropriate pace and at an appropriate level within a group of equally talented students. Based upon the academically challenging environment, PATH learners forge important peer relationships as well as, obtain vital core information.
Within Webster Elementary School are housed two very special programs! Side by side you find classrooms for Livonia’s Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented (ACAT) Program and the Northwest Wayne County program (MoCI) for students who have cognitive impairments. A summer camp for the 8 to 11 year old exceptionally (EG) or profoundly (PG) gifted child who loves math. Epsilon Camp, directed by Dr. George Thomas, founder of MathPath and Canada/USA MathCamp, is an intellectually rigorous student camp combined with a parent workshop designed to help parents build mathematical and social maturity in the EG/PG child. Epsilon Camp, now in its third season, will be held at beautiful Colorado College from July 28 through August 10, 2013. At least one parent must attend with the child and additional family members are also welcome. For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit

St. Peter Lutheran Church and School GATE Programs are devoted to helping ALL students learn, specifically advanced students with unique learning styles, talents, and abilities. We work to service the whole child. We do this simultaneously with our mission to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ. 

SPLCS Bridge to GATE Program – 2nd Grade 

Bridge to GATE is a program offered at St. Peter that allows advanced second grade students the opportunity for differentiated instruction through advanced content. During students’ time in Bridge to GATE they will be expected to investigate topics at greater depths, integrate various subjects to build on background knowledge, think more deeply while making connections to, and research and explore universal concepts. 

SPLCS GATE Program – Grades 3-5

Our program focuses on meeting the individual needs of gifted and talented students who qualify by placing them into our GATE pull out program. The program will work on differentiating the key principles of curriculum, instruction, process, and product.

Handley Elementary School’s Program for the Creative and Academically Talented is an International Baccalaureate World School that has met the needs of gifted and talented learners in grades K-5 since 1981. Handley is committed to the development of principled young people who are inquiring, compassionate, lifelong learners. Our diverse community promotes intercultural understanding and global mindedness. Handley is located in Saginaw, MI.

For Educators
Exemplary curriculum frameworks and units of study for classroom use with high ability learners are available from the College of William & Mary. These are grounded in the Integrated Curriculum Model which is designed to respond to gifted learners’ characteristics of precocity, intensity, and complexity through its three dimensions of advanced content, higher level processes and product development, and interdisciplinary concepts, issues, and themes.

For Parents
Especially for parents, but worthwhile for teachers, too. Includes good links to other sites & all kinds of practical, down-to-earth information.
This page has articles for parents of gifted children and also links to organizations that provide support, recommended books for gifted children to read, and stores that provide learning resources for gifted children.
Parents of gifted children soon discover that most books on parenting don’t seem to apply to their children. These books are specifically about parenting gifted children. The more parents read, the better they will understand their kids.
This site provides good, free things for parents, teachers and homeschoolers.

Acceleration Guidance from MDE pdf

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with various stakeholders, has created this Guidance for Academic Acceleration for districts to ensure that all students are supported in reaching their highest academic potential. It may be necessary, in some cases, to accelerate the academic offerings to individual students.

Social/Emotional Needs
SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
This website features 10 articles about the social and emotional needs, with keynote phrases to describe each article. By double-clicking on any of them, you can quickly go to and read the entire piece that interests you.

College & University Coursework

The Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum with an Emphasis in Educational Differentiation is a program that prepares classroom teachers and specialists to understand and meet the educational needs of students with exceptional abilities across the learning continuum within the mixed-ability classroom. The program focuses on assessment, methodology, materials, curriculum and administration.
A center located in the Department of Educational Studies in the Purdue University College of Education, GERI offers graduate programs in gifted education and a licensure program for K-12 educators in Indiana. GERI also provides training to pre-service teachers through hands-on opportunities and training in connection to Super Saturday and the GERI Summer Camps. Under the leadership of Executive Director Professor Marcia Gentry, GERI provides leadership in gifted education, and serves as an advocate for programs and services to high ability students. GERI alumni serve in leadership positions across the United States and abroad and in hundreds of K-12 classrooms.
Ball State University offers a Masters degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Gifted and Talented Education.
This online degree program from the University of Cincinnati is a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction program with a concentration in Gifted & Talented. It focuses on practicing classroom teachers who are interested in teaching and/or designing programs for gifted and talented students.

Destination ImagiNation is dedicated to enriching the global community and the lives of all those touched by their programs by providing opportunities to explore and discover unlimited creative potential through teamwork, cooperation, and mutual respect. The Michigan Creativity Association is the site covering the state program.
A creative problem solving program fostering divergent thinking, team work and imaginative paths to problem solving for teams of students kindergarten through college.
Competitive math, for fun, in grades 4 to 12.
This competition is team based and centers on solving scientific problems, lab procedures, analysis of data, the periodic table, running an obstacle course, etc.

Special Topics

Twice Exceptional
This is the website for the 2e Newsletter – an excellent source of all kinds of timely information for and about twice exceptional gifted children.
Dr. Linda Silverman’s website, with information and articles about gifted students with learning disabilities. Also includes links to many other useful sites related to gifted children and adults.
Resources for gifted children with special needs are the focus of this excellent website, which also includes other relevant links.

Provides general information and articles on social/emotional needs of the gifted, including underachievement and related issues.

Diversity In Gifted Education

Racially, Culturally, and/or Linguistically Diverse

Gifted Children with Diverse Learning Characteristics

Gender /Age Issues

Emotionally/spiritually gifted; highly sensitive

Scholarships and Grants

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children regularly offers a limited number of scholarships to students who wish to attend summer enrichment programs. More information and requirements can be found on the Student Summer Scholarship Information and Application. March 1st is the annual deadline.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarships are designed to encourage and support outstanding students from 7th grade through graduate school who have a breadth of interests, work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need.
The Davidson Young Scholars Program provides free services designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people. Students and their parents receive assistance in the following areas: Free Consulting Services, An Online Community, Annual Get-togethers, Ambassador Program, Free Guidebooks.
The Davidson Fellows program awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships annually to recognize outstanding students under the age of 18 who have completed significant work in science, mathematics, technology, literature, music, philosophy or outside the box. Davidson Fellows are honored for their achievement at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. To download an application, visit
The Mensa Education & Research Foundation college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need. The scholarship process begins Sept. 15 and ends with the scholarship application deadline of Jan. 15.

Demystifying terms (and acronyms) commonly used in gifted education

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