September 2009


Welcome Back Educators!

Summer is winding down and the new school year is upon us! Soon a new host of students will be walking through your door with an array of abilities. To help start the year off on the right foot with gifted students, we have listed some readings for recognizing and identifying gifted students, and their unique needs. We hope you find the following resources insightful. If you would like any additional materials please email


Resources for educators

Identifying Young Einsteins

Characteristics of Intellectually Advanced Young Peoplee

Discovering Treasures: One District's Effort to Identify Under- Represented Gifted Students

Identifying Gifted Children: A Practical Guide


Resources to share with parents

A Place to Start: Is my Child Gifted?  

We Knew he was Bright...

Coping for Capable Kids: Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Students




Myth: I shouldn’t worry about gifted students at the beginning of the school year, they need a review as much as the rest of the students.


Fact: “Many gifted students may be so far ahead of their same-age peers that they know more than half of the grade-level curriculum before the school year begins. Their resulting boredom and frustration can lead to low achievement, despondency, or unhealthy work habits. The role of the teacher is crucial for spotting and nurturing talents in school.” (National Association for Gifted Children, “Common Gifted Education Myths,”



Davidson Institute Updates


TwitterDavidson Institute Now on Facebook & Twitter!
FacebookGifted organizations and advocates across the country are communicating through social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. We invite you to become a “Fan” of the Davidson Institute on Facebook and a “Follower” of DavidsonGifted on Twitter. Visit this Davidson Gifted Database article for a list of other gifted organizations’ _____________ social networking pages.


2009 Davidson Fellows Announced

Davidson FellowsThe Davidson Institute announced the 2009 Davidson Fellows in August. These 19 extraordinary young people have completed graduate-level work in their various fields of study, including science, technology, music, literature, philosophy and “outside the box,” to earn $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships.


To read more about these amazing young people and their projects, visit the Meet the Davidson Fellows page of the Institute’s website. Scholarship eligibility and application information can be found on the Davidson Fellows How to Apply page.


Davidson Academy Updates
Davidson AcademyThe Davidson Academy of Nevada is a free, public school for profoundly gifted youth.  Located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, the school focuses on personalized education and an appropriately challenging curriculum for high achieving middle and high school students. The 2010-2011 Davidson Academy Application is now available online.


In response to frequently asked questions, The Davidson Academy faculty and administration compiled a presentation, entitled Davidson Academy Curriculum - An Overview (PDF), which can be found on the Curriculum page. This presentation contains information about the admissions process, graduation requirements, and how the curriculum is developed and maintained. Please note that this is a one megabyte (MB) file that may take a few minutes to download.


The Davidson Academy of Nevada is hosting tours on Sept. 18, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.  Please visit for tour information.


 “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.”  Edith Ann, Lily Tomlin




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