Gifted and Talented

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Located at the University of Iowa, the Connie Belin & Jacquelin N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is a full-service gifted education center that impacts the lives of gifted students, their families, and their educators.

Access: Belin-Blank Center


A research and development center that provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals.

Access: College of William and Mary - Center for Gifted Education

The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Access: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Check out the multiple resources for gifted and talented provided by Cybrary Man.

Access:  Cybrary Man's Website for Gifted and Talented

A national nonprofit dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted students under 18, their parents, and educators.

Access: Davidson Institute for Talent Development 


The Iowa Department of Education shares endorsement worksheet and colleges and universities offering endorsement opportunities.


Access:  Gifted and Talented Endorsement - Iowa Department of Education

Multiple resources are provided by the Iowa Department of Education for instruction of the gifted and talented.

Access:  Gifted and Talented Instruction - Iowa Department of Education

The Iowa DE provides resources on gifted and talented programs.

Access: Gifted & Talented Resources – Iowa Department of Education  


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).

Access: Guideline for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy

 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.

Access: Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

This manual helps educators discover the true potential and talents of children who are English Language Learners before they become proficient in English.

Access: Identifying Gifted and Talented English Language Learners


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.

Access: Iowa Acceleration Scale 

This site provides resources for instruction, assessment, and professional learning.

Access: Iowa Core - Gifted Resources 

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.

Access: Iowa Talented and Gifted Association 


Access additional resources to meet the needs of the gifted and talented.  These resources include 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. 

1) Who are the gifted and what do they need?

2) How do we find and identify the gifted?   

3) How do we serve the gifted?

  • Grouping: This site addresses addresses "cluster grouping" and other forms of grouping of the gifted.
  • Gifted and Talented High School Programs Look at this site for program options, teaching strategies, models, forms and examples.  Be sure to check pp 24-26 for components of a high school programming for the gifted.
  • Guidelines for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy
  • Iowa Acceleration Scale   This tool helps schools make effective decisions regarding a grade skip.  A student/child study team (including educators, teachers, parents, and other professionals) are guided through a discussion of the academic and social characteristics of the student in order to make the best decision for the student. 
  • A Nation Deceived  This report highlights disparities between the research on acceleration and the educational beliefs and practices that often run contrary to the research.
  • John Renzuli shares his perspective on "What Is This Thing Called Giftedness and How Did We Develop It:  A 25-year Perspective."  This author provides reflections on the 25 years of his work, focusing on the evolutions of models designed to help identify and meet the needs of gifted and talented students. The cited models include the Three Ring Conception of Giftedness, the Enrichment Triad Model, and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Summaries focus on the rationale supporting each model, including practical applications of the model in various school situations and underlying research. Also included are insights related to potential modifications and future development of the models.
  • Research Synthesis on Gifted Provisions  Dr Karen Rogers updates her earlier synthesis of what the research says about gifted educational provisions
  • Research that Supports Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model and Extensions of Gifted Education Pedagogy to Meet the Needs of All Students  Sally Reis shares a research summary on Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) for all schools interested in developing the strengths and talents of all students. A directory, additional articles, present practices survey, curriculum guides, research studies, and resources are also available at this site.
  • Types of Acceleration:  This site provides 20 types if acceleration for the gifted.
  • The Underachievement of the Gifted What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?  This article by Sally Reis and D. Betsy McCoach reviews years of studies on underachievement among the gifted. It explores some of the problems of identifying these students. The authors also include suggestions for those interested in pursuing potentially promising new lines of research and inquiry in this area. 

4) Why do the gifted need services?

5) How do we know our services to the gifted are working? 



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.

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.

Access: NAEG Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut

A non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and other professionals united to address the unique needs of all children and youth.

Access: National Association for Gifted Children

This site 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.

Access: OnLineCourses.Com

This site provides gifted and talented connections for students, parents/families, and educators.

Access:  Perry Elementary TAG

Iowa Department of Education provides professional learning resources for gifted and talented.

Access:  Professional Learning Resources for Gifted and Talented - Iowa Department of Education

The University of Connecticut is home to the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development. Studies focusing on meeting the needs of gifted and talented youth have received national and international attention for over 40 years.

Access: Renzulli Center for Cresativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development

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.

Access: RtI and the Gifted

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.

Access:  Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children (SENG)

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!

Access:  Top 10 Myths in Gifted Education


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This page was last updated: 2/7/24