Gifted and Talented

  • Gifted and Talented
    • Belin-Blank CenterLocated 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.
    • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 of AEA 11 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.
    • 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 November 14, 2016.

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