Gifted and Talented

    • Guideline for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy

      The long form (PDF, 46 pages, 656 KB) has appendices that define acceleration, excerpt state acceleration policies, describe ways to implement acceleration, and provide example referral forms.  The short form of the report provides policy recommendations and a Checklist for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy. You can download the report (PDF, 20 pages, 1.05 MB).

    • Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page This is the "all-things-gifted" resource.  Hoagies' Gifted Education Page offers resources, articles, books and links for Parents, for Educators, Counselors, Administrators and other Professionals, and for Kids & Teens.
    • Iowa Acceleration Scale  This is a tool to help schools make effective decisions regarding a grade-skip. The IAS guides a child study team (including educators, teachers, parents, and other professionals) through a discussion of the academic and social characteristics of the student.
    • Iowa Talented and Gifted Association  Iowa's association of interested parents, educators, and concerned citizens is dedicated to meeting the needs of talented and gifted children and youth.  Be sure to check out their connection to "On Line Courses" that  includes researched, and catalogued database that allows the gifted to design their own course list and track their personal progress.
    • Multi-Tiered System of Support Guide for Advanced Learners - In a desire to provide school districts with MTSS resources for all student abilities, the Department is reviewing and revising the MTSS Advanced Learner document to add to the Universal MTSS framework supported by C4K.  Districts are welcome to continue to use the MTSS for Advanced Learners. Updates and revisions will be provided as the collaboration moves forward. Additional instructional resources may be found at Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and ESSA Support Site.
    • NAEG Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut - The only federally funded research organization, known as The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT), has existed since 1990 with various university partnerships. As of 2006, the University of Connecticut partnership is with the University of Virginia. The current research studies for the NRC/GT are an integrated approach to identifying, serving, and evaluating academic outcomes.
    • National Association for Gifted Children  A non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and other professionals united to address the unique needs of all children and youth.
    • OnLineCourses.Com offers a database of researched and catalogued courses for the gifted.  It allows them to research, create, and follow their own progress in available courses.
    • RtI and the Gifted:  Mary Schmidt, former consultant at AEA 11 for gifted and talented, shares this wiki, based on her presentation at the Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy.
    • Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children (SENG) - Dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
    • Top 10 Myths in Gifted Education – This fun video from the Maryland State Department of Education was produced by the Baltimore County Public Schools Education Channel and features talented and gifted students from the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Take a look!
    • More about the Gifted   Access additional resources to meet the needs of the gifted and talented.  This page includes the questions and resources to support your answer that you should address as you review, plan for, implement, and assess your gifted program.  AEA contacts are also listed as well as a glossary of terms for gifted and talented. 

This page was updated on August 13, 2021.  Please contact Lou Howell at with additional URLs.

Please contact Lou Howell with additional URLs that would help those responsible for the gifted and talented students.