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What's New in Gifted Education
A great variety of summer programs for the gifted abound in states all over the country. Program themes range from science
and mathematics to music and outdoor activities. See these Davidson Gifted Database articles for listings of some excellent summer programs:
Browse the Davidson Gifted Database's list of summer programs
Please note that 2010 application deadlines for certain summer programs may
be approaching soon. If you know of a great summer program for academically gifted students not on these lists, please contact us.
THINK Summer Institute
Among the most academically rigorous
summer programs is the
THINK Summer Institute,
which will run July 10 through July 31, 2010. Thirteen to 16-year-old students can earn
six college credits at this
three-week residential summer program
on the campus of the University of Nevada,
Reno. THINK applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for early acceptance is Jan.
14, 2010. The final deadline is March 31, 2010.
Research Science Institute (RSI)
For gifted high school students interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, the
Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) is currently accepting applications for its 27th annual
Research Science Institute (RSI) to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology next summer. All academically talented high school students are encouraged to apply to this cost-free program. Applications are available for download at
Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) - 2009 Award Recipients
Gifted education leaders from all over the country were recently honored at
NAGC’s 2009 National Convention on Nov. 6 in St. Louis,
Camilla Benbow (right), dean of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, received NAGC’s 2009 Presidential Award, bestowed for “a body of work or significant impact an individual has made on gifted education.” Sources:
Vanderbilt University; Full list of 2009 Award Recipients
Davidson Institute Co-Founder Jan Davidson -
Thinking Big About Gifted Education
Earlier this month, Jan Davidson gave the keynote speech, “Thinking Big About Gifted Education,” at the
Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Conference.
Jan spoke enthusiastically about how matching the curriculum to
the student in each subject lets them soar. Read a synopsis of
her presentation in this
article. We invite you to continue the discussion started in Jan’s keynote on the
Gifted Issues Discussion Forum. Colleen Harsin, director of
The Davidson Academy, also spoke at the conference, discussing the Academy’s unique assessment process for selecting students outlined in this
Gifted Exchange blog post.
The Davidson Academy of Nevada
application for the 2010-2011 school year is now available!
Visit The Davidson Academy
How to Apply page to find the application, which
consists of three downloadable documents. Educational opportunities
abound at the Academy, a free, public school
located in Reno, Nev. where the abilities, strengths and interests of middle
and high school students are encouraged and supported. Those who perform at an academic level of advanced middle school or higher in all subjects, and score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, are encouraged to apply. Please review the
Test Score Criteria and the
Application Review Process
for more information.
Upcoming Tours for Prospective Students
Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit the Academy for an informational monthly tour! Taking a tour provides prospective students and their families the opportunity to hear from current students and Academy parents,
become familiar with faculty and staff,
network with others, and ask specific questions.
are required for these tours. Prospective students interested in receiving email updates about the Academy can sign up for the free
Explore The Davidson Academy eNewsletter by
clicking here to subscribe.
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The national Davidson Young Scholars program provides FREE services designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people and their families, including talent development and educational advocacy, an online community, annual get-togethers, and the Ambassador Program. Applications are due the 14th of each month.
FREE Guidebooks for Gifted Learners
The Davidson Institute offers FREE, online access to three educational planning
guidebooks focused on
advocacy, early college and mentorships. With a wide variety of articles and tools, these comprehensive guidebooks
help direct parents and students through the process of searching for an appropriately challenging
2010 Davidson Fellows
Applications for the 2010
Fellows scholarships are available
online. Young people under the age of 18 have the opportunity to win a
$50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of
work in the categories of Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature
and Philosophy, or a project that represents Outside the Box thinking. The
application deadline is March 3, 2010.
The Davidson Institute's
is a free national service for active elementary, secondary
and post-secondary educators, as well as other professionals
who are committed to meeting the unique academic needs of
gifted students. Become a member today and be a part of an online community of more than 1,000 professional educators and access free consulting services and Educators Guild publications.
Legislative & Policy News
Finds Wide Disparities in Gifted Education
National Association for
Gifted Children (NAGC) recently released the latest version of
their biennial report on state gifted legislation, the
2008-2009 State of the States in Gifted Education (PDF).
The report breaks down information on individual states'
approaches toward identification, funding, acceleration and
more. The State of the States also describes how gifted funding
and policy can vary greatly between different school districts,
even in the same state. The report
also explains that most of federal money has gone toward helping low-performing, poor and minority
achieve basic proficiency while largely failing to help gifted students reach their
Gifted Exchange blog post.
Gifted Education State Policy Map Recently Updated!
The Davidson Institute's
Gifted Education State Policy Map was recently updated to
reflect much of the new information in the State of the
States report. The color status of 12 states changed:
Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas,
Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Utah, Washington
and Wyoming. Click on your state to view the state's definition
of giftedness, key personnel, statistics and legislative information. More updates to the individual state pages will
be coming over the next few weeks, so please check back
COLORADO – A review team in the Boulder Valley School District has recommended the denial of an application for a new charter school for gifted students, saying that it appears to be a spinoff of the recently closed area private school, the Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted. Source:
Education officials in the Greenwich School District are considering reinstating a science program for
gifted students. A number of parents in the district are advocating for the district’s third grade interdisciplinary science Advanced Learners Program (ALP) funding to be restored. Source:
– Fueled by federal stimulus money, Duval County Public Schools is developing accelerated academic programs in 10 neighborhood high schools. Each school is developing one of three programs: the Early College, Advanced Placement Honors; the University of Cambridge's Advanced International Certificate of Education; or the International Baccalaureate program. Source:
– With the Kentucky Department of Education planning to cut its spending by about $20 million during the rest of this fiscal year, programs for gifted students in the state are facing possible budget cuts. Sources:
A recent evaluation of Bowling Green Junior High School’s gifted education program determined that steps should be taken to better identify potentially gifted minorities for the program,
in addition to other recommendations. Source:
Bowling Green Daily News
MISSOURI – Two summer programs for gifted Missouri high school students will begin charging tuition due to
recent funding cuts. The Missouri Fine Arts Academy and the Missouri Scholars Academy will now charge tuition to families on a sliding income scale so that families who can afford the programs will help subsidize those who cannot.
NEVADA – Officials in Clark County hoping to establish the district’s first public school for highly gifted students
are receiving a big boost thanks to $600,000 in federal funding, the largest allotment for gifted education to any district in the country this year. The school, which drew inspiration from
The Davidson Academy, is expected to eventually serve about 200 students in grades 6-12. Students will be taught by educators certified in gifted education and in classes limited to 20 students. Source:
Las Vegas Sun
– Starting in spring 2010, teachers in New York State can receive certification in gifted education through a new online program offered by the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education (GSE). The 15-credit-hour program allows teachers to complete the required field work in gifted education in the community in which they live. Source:
UB News Center
VIRGINIA – Under the direction of Gov. Timothy Kaine, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will investigate claims of disproportionately low representation of minority students in gifted education in the state. While African-Americans make up 26 percent and Hispanics make up nine percent of the student population, only 12 percent of those identified as gifted are black, and only five percent of Hispanics are identified as gifted. The analysis will determine the best practices for identifying gifted and talented students. Sources:
Chatham Star Tribune,
Richmond Times Dispatch
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to cut the state budget by more than $2 billion, the state legislature is currently in the process of making critical decisions about funding for highly capable (gifted) education programs. Gifted advocates are organizing efforts to maintain the current funding level for highly capable programs in the supplemental budget for 2010-2011, as well as fund the highly capable program clause of the new
Basic Education Bill (2261) that requires school districts to provide highly capable programs starting in 2011.
Advocates are encouraging anyone interested in participating in these efforts to contact the Washington Coalition For Gifted Education at
email@example.com to be put on the email list for information about Gifted Education Day (Feb. 5, 2010) and legislative updates. Source:
Gifted education consultants have been enlisted to help evaluate gifted programs for elementary and middle school students in the Tacoma School District. The consultants will study all aspects of the district's offerings, including how students are identified for programs and how to best ensure access for all students. Source:
The News Tribune
How gifted-friendly is your state? Find out at:
Gifted Education Policies.
If you know of new legislation, please contact the
On the Web
Gifted Exchange Blog
Read Laura Vanderkam's take on all things gifted, with recent posts including:
- Intentions and results in school reform
– Everyone is into school reform these days, and everyone has good intentions.
But is freelance innovation as effective as following very specific scripts?
You may be surprised by the results of one study.
Join the discussion today! For
links to gifted-related organizations' social networking
pages and blogs,
- Education Tracking Continues to Stir Debate – Ability grouping or, as opponents like to call it, "tracking," remains
a controversial idea among people who aren't trying to raise bored gifted kids stuck in heterogeneous classrooms.
Gift Ideas for Gifted Students
Looking for last minute gift ideas for gifted young people? Or, need to find a great birthday gift for a gifted student? The Davidson Database article “Tips for Parents: Gift Ideas for Eager Young Minds” was recently updated and includes the following sections: book reading lists, magazine subscriptions, video games, toys and miscellaneous.
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In the News
Dec. 17, 2009 -
Exchange Morning Post,
Perfectionism potentially harmful for most elementary students
Dec. 16, 2009 -
More Top Scorers Found in Tracked Schools
Dec. 15, 2009 -
Why I have no use for the achievement gap
Dec. 14, 2009 -
Education Tracking Continues To Stir Debate
Dec. 14, 2009 -
'Gifted' classrooms and the value of diversity
Dec. 13, 2009 -
Kansas City Star,
Gifted students at a KC school learn by playing bridge
Dec. 11, 2009 -
Schools struggle to keep GATE programs afloat
Dec. 9, 2009 -
U.S. News ranking of America's Best High Schools
Dec. 9, 2009 -
Why gifted classes are not enough: the Warren Buffett case
Dec. 8, 2009 -
What's tough about being a smart kid?
Dec. 6, 2009 -
Local author provides insight into Autism and Asperger's Syndrome at age 12
Nov. 30, 2009 -
Local 5 year old accepted into Mensa
Nov. 22, 2009 -
San Diego Union-Tribune,
Prodigy? That’s a good description
Nov. 12, 2009 -
U.S. Commitment to Gifted Students Severely Lacking, New Report Finds
Discuss these stories and more on the
Gifted Issues Discussion Forum.
"It’s time to think big and to think in different terms about gifted education."
~ Jan Davidson, Co-founder of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development
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