January 2010

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start. We thought we would start the year off right by going over some cost effective options for the classroom, especially useful given the state of the economy and budget cuts impacting most classrooms. Therefore, over the next year we will focus on methods such as compacting curriculum, pre-assessment and dual enrollment. For more in depth information on any of these topics, we recommend reading Twelve Cost Effective Educational Options for Serving Gifted Students  and A Nation Deceived.


This month, we are going to focus on mentorships, as this type of relationship with a professional can be a cost effective way to enhance student learning. One of the most valuable experiences a gifted student can have is working with a mentor who is caring, supportive, and willing to share his/her time and knowledge; with guidance, mentees can learn new skills and investigate potential career interests. Initiating a mentorship can be overwhelming: where do you start, who do you contact, and most importantly, then what? Below are some resources that we hope will help you answer some of these questions.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at


Mentoring Guidebook (PDF)

Finding a Mentor for your Gifted Child

Genius Denied

Life Works E-mentoring


Girls' E-Mentoring Program


“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling.”
— Carl Jung



Myth 8: Mentoring relationships happen on their own.
From the Davidson Institute’s many years of experience working with precocious youth, we have found the best mentor relationships are those that are initiated and maintained by the students themselves.’The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Mentoring Connection helps mentees select their mentors from a database of professionals, such as engineering professors, project managers, and research directors who have volunteered to participate in the program. It’s up to the mentees to find someone they will respect and trust to help them reach their objectives. IEEE members in the program have a wide range of knowledge and technical and professional expertise. Once the partnership is under way and working, it’s up to the partners to make the relationship blossom.’

Additional resources regarding mentoring can be found here.




THINK Summer InstituteDavidson Institute Updates


2010 THINK Summer Institute Applications Available

Next application deadline February 24, 2010

To download an application or to learn more about THINK, please click here


Davidson Young Scholar Applications Available

If you would like to learn more about the Young Scholars Program, or if you would like to download an application, click here.

2010 Davidson Fellows Scholarship Applications Available

Applications due March 3, 2010

For more information, or to download an application, please visit the Davidson Fellows website.

Davidson Academy of Nevada 2010-2011 School Year

Applications Available

Extended application deadline: May 21

For more information, please visit the Davidson Academy website or feel free to check out the upcoming tour dates here.





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