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In our work with gifted students, we are constantly battling various myths about their learning styles, peer relations and educational needs. Examining some of these myths can be especially helpful when working with these students, their educators and families. We invited Dr. Bob Schultz, a national gifted education expert, to share his perspective with us this month as we delve deeper into a few of these myths. The resources below also offer useful ideas and strategies. Please contact us at if we can provide additional information. The Educators Guild team is always happy to help.

Q & A with Dr. Bob Schultz – “The Myths of Giftedness”

In this article, Dr. Bob Schultz provides his perspective on the “Myths of Giftedness.” In his conversational style, Dr. Schultz addresses common misconceptions about gifted students and offers educators some insight on successfully working with this population.

Additional Information on Myths of Gifted
Battling the Myths in Gifted Education (PDF)
This new Educators Guild presentation addresses the many myths commonly associated with gifted students.

Developing Math Talent: A Guide for Educating Gifted and Advanced Learners in Math
This mathematics textbook is a comprehensive parent and teacher guide for developing math talent among gifted students of elementary or middle school age. Several strategies are given such as identifying mathematically gifted learners, advocating for gifted children with math talent, designing a systematic math education program for gifted students, and more! Click here to read a review of the 2003 edition of this book.

Gifted Children: Myths and Realities
Dr. Ellen Winner's book focuses on both intellectual and artistic giftedness. This book has a developmental psychology perspective, but also addresses educational issues. Of particular note to those who work with the profoundly gifted, Winner makes a case that public funding for gifted programs should be focused on the most profoundly gifted students first, with higher classroom standards the means for meeting the needs of the moderately gifted.

Competing with Myths about the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students - Social/Emotional
This article by Tracy Cross discusses eight common myths about the social development of gifted students. The author hopes that by challenging such myths they can be eliminated through appropriate counseling and learning environments. A definition of the term gifted is also explored in the article.

Doogie Howser, M.D., Ph.D., Ed.D.: The Myths and Realities of Gifted Students in Higher Education
In this paper, Rosemary J. Perez compiles information from published literature, observations from the field, and personal communication to characterize gifted students and address the myths and realities of gifted student development.

Gifted News
ADHD, Autism, and Giftedness: An Invitation To A Conversation
Great Potential Press announced their new guest blogger series on Misdiagnosis and Giftedness, written by Marianne Kuzujanakis M.D. M.P.H. Dr. Kuzujanakis is a pediatrician and a current director on the board of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). Over the next few weeks, join Dr. Kuzujanakis as she explores the connections between Giftedness, ADHD, Autism, and Misdiagnosis.

Belin and Blank Ideal Math Solutions
Having trouble deciding which math level is appropriate for your 3rd-7th grader? If so, check out IDEAL Solutions. The Inventory for Decisions about Educational Acceleration and Learning IDEAL Solutions® for Math Acceleration is a web-based system that provides student-centered feedback to inform decisions about academic acceleration in math. Our IDEAL Solutions® for Math Acceleration Team developed comprehensive descriptions for readiness for advanced math curriculum that are related to the interpretation of scores from standardized tests. Recommendations are based upon the most current version of the National Council of Mathematics Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.
Learn more here.
Educators Guild Updates

Educators Guild Webinars
Starting in the fall of 2012 the Educators Guild is planning to start offering online seminars. These seminars will feature a gifted expert to lead the discussion. The first seminar will be led by Dr. Bob Schultz. If you feel this might be of interest to you or if you have any suggestion for future topics, please contact us at

Facebook Discussion Group
We are happy to announce a new Educators Guild discussion group on Facebook. All educators, and people interested in gifted education, are invited to join and contribute to the ongoing conversation about how to best serve the academic needs of our nation’s brightest students. We look forward to seeing you on Facebook!

Presentations Page
In our quest for continuous improvement, we have updated our Presentations Page on the Educators Guild Website. On this page you can find where the Educators Guild will be presenting next as well as some of the latest presentations. Presentation topics range from a Gifted Overview to Motivating the Gifted Child.

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