Gifted Learners and Creativity


Care for Child’s Creativity
Outlines aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, and originality, and also describes characteristics of creative children and scientific facts about creativity.

Creativity – Dr. Leslie Owen Wilson’s Creativity Index

How We Discourage Creativity

List of 10 characteristics of highly creative Individuals

Selection Criteria of Creative Learners – Traits

Creative Thinking  at ‘Virtual Salt’

Discusses brainstorming, it’s basic guidelines and methodology, what to do when blocks in the process come up, as well as a ‘practice’ of the process online.

Nurturing Your Child”s Creativity – by ‘Aha Parenting’
Article with tips for parents on ways to nurture creativity in their children.

The Universal Traveler: A Soft Systems Guide to to Creativity, Problem-Solving, and the Process of Reaching Goals – by Don Koberg
Amazon listing:

Bookshop Santa Cruz listing:
Gives description of this book for problem-solvers and visual thinkers.

Gifted Learners

Bright Child vs. Gifted Child (Comparison Chart)
Downloadable pdf comparing bright to gifted learners

Bright Kids at Home (homeschooling gifted children) or for ID:

California Association for the Gifted
Information about gifted education, GATE programs, publications, resources, and scholarships.

California Department of Education – GATE Program
Info on state programs; click also on GATE Program Resource Guide

Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Free services for profoundly gifted students under 18. Offers day school, enrichment, early college, and other resources.

EPGY Education Program for Gifted Youth
Offers multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses for fee. EPGY provides high-ability students of all ages an individualized educational experience, with access to courses in a variety of subjects at levels ranging from kindergarten through advanced-undergraduate. Also offers online high school.

Gifted Journals and Magazines

Hoagies Gifted Education Page
Information, resources, support, and conferences for gifted education

Johns Hopkins University (Center for Talented Youth)
CTY Talent Searches identify, assess, and recognize students with exceptional mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities. Students may participate in Grades 2-6 or Grades 7-8. Participation in the CTY Talent Search comes with benefits, offering them challenging educational opportunities.

Naglieri Test for Giftedness
Basic infornmation on this test used by schools to test non-verbal (visual/spatial pattern) giftedness or to test IQ in non-verbal or English language learners, often to qualify for GATE programs.

Here’s the link to the company which sells it: NNAT Naglieri Test

National Association for Gifted Children

Prufrock Press
Offers books,journals, and other products for gifted children and special needs learners in these areas: Teaching Gifted Children, Parenting Gifted Children, Gifted Education Blog, Gifted Child Info Blog, and Special Needs Learners

SENG Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted


Math Path
Advanced Summer Camp and Resources for gifted math students

This is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.

MENSA for Kids
Info on gifted characteristics, FAQs, resources for teachers, and other resources

Odyssey of the Mind
An invention competition that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

USA Computing Olympiad
The USA Computing Olympiad (USACO) is a pre-college computing organization, providing pre-college students with opportunities to solve challenging problems, receive training materials, and participate in competitions that emphasize algorithm development and problem-solving skills.

Guides for Gifted Students:

Santa Cruz City Schools Resource Guide for Parents of Gifted Children
Lists local and national resources for gifted students (websites, online activities, programs, conferences, books and video suggestions, and local and national fee based summer programs appropriate for gifted students.

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School DistrictParent Resource Guide for Gifted and Talented Students 2010-2011
Describes their program, then lists gifted resources and websites for gifted students and their parents, including links to differentiated learning  websites and charts listing attributes of gifted learners.

Identifying Gifted Children:

Bright Kids at Home – Identifying the Gifted and Talented Student

Characteristics Checklist for Gifted Children
Offers checklists of behaviors seen in gifted children in the following sections: general intellectual ability: specific academic aptitude, creative thinking and production, leadership, psychomotor ability, and visual and performing arts.  Note that a gifted child will not necessarily demonstrate ability in ALL of these areas.

Definitions, Models, and Characteristics of Gifted Students – by Prufrock Press
Click here for checklist

Gifted Versus AD/HD
Gifted or ADHD?

ADHD and Giftedness: What do we Really Know?

Is it a Cheetah? (Article on identifying gifted children) ADHD?  Or is your Child Really Gifted?

Twice Exceptional (2E Kids)

Learning Abled Kids
This website has information, curriculum resources, and tools to help you teach your bright child with learning issues at home or school. You’ll find information about reading disabilities, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), ADD, ADHD, homeschool curriculum recommendations, and tools for teaching and learning.  It also includes a brief tutorial for parents on how to teach to different styles of learning at:

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Discusses dual diagnosis in 2E children or misdiagnosis of disability rather than gifted

Twice Exceptional Children (2E – gifted and LD)

Uniquely Gifted – Resources for Gifted Children with Special Needs
Offers a very comprehensive list of resources, including sections for over 40 different disabilities or neurobehavioral challenges (example: agoraphobia, depression, dyscalculia, hyperlexia, Non-verbal Learning Disorder, sensory integration) – each of those disabilities has many resource listings.  Also has tons of resources by topics such legalities of gifted/special needs, bullying, IEP’s, functional behavioral analysis, social skills training, assessments, and many more.