Highly Capable Resources

Organizations & Websites

Hoagies Gifted Education

Information, research, materials and just about everything you’d want to know about highly capable/gifted organized by category.

SENG - Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

A rich resource for material related to social/emotional needs and support. Great articles, research and webinars that can help parents, teachers and students to understand the gifts, uniqueness, challenges and potential of gifted children.

NAGC - National Association for Gifted Children

Help for parents and families, K-12 education professionals including support service personnel, and members of the research and higher education community who work to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities. Tip sheets on ten different subjects

WAETAG - Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted

Resources for parents and educators about gifted learners plus legislative information. The Washington state affiliate of NAGC.

NWGCA – Northwest Gifted Child Association

Davidson Institute

Includes an extensive database of gifted resources especially materials for the profoundly gifted.

Gifted Development Center

A nonprofit center for the gifted community with a depth of resources including identification and assessment.

Visual Spatial Resource

Institute for Educational Advancement

Acceleration Institute

Source of A Nation Deceived (2004) and A Nation Empowered (2015)

Reading Resources

Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults, Susan Daniels, Michael M. Piechowski (2008).
If you know am intense child, you must read this book! If you know, or are, an intense gifted adult, it won’t hurt you to read it either. This is an easy to read volume for parents, teachers, psychologists and others dealing with a gifted child. Contributions from 19 nationally recognized experts.

Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child, Christine Neville, Michael Piechowski, Stephanie Tolan (2013)
Nineteen essays by renowned gifted education specialists, Off the Charts is an exploration of the effects of asynchronous development on gifted children and adults. It contains sections on Asynchrony and the Individual, Asynchrony and the Family, and Asynchrony and Learning. Chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings.

Embracing the Whole Gifted Self, Patricia Gatto-Walden (2016)
Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden uses her 30 years of clinical experience to explore giftedness through the perspective of all the domains of a person: intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social. A highly popular and important resource for parents.

The Inconvenient Student, Dr. Michael Postma (2017)
Identifying gifted kids who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, sensory processing disorder, auditory and visual processing disorders, ADD, autism or Asperger's, ODD, OCD, anxiety, and depression is a challenge. Dr. Postma explains in detail what these children are like and how to accommodate their needs in the regular classroom so that they can strengthen their weaknesses and maximize their strengths.

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything (4th Edition), Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle. (2011)
The authors surveyed nearly 1,500 gifted adolescents. This book is a compilation of that data, facts, strategies, inspirational quotes and essays.

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child, Sally Yahnke Walker (2002)
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, Arlene R DeVries (2007)

What is highly capable at NOVA? 

At NOVA, we believe that test scores and grades are only part of the picture. We know that gifted students also display traits such as creativity, intensity, intuitiveness, heightened self-awareness, impulsivity, enthusiasm, or an elevated sense of justice. That's why we use a whole-student approach in addition to—or instead of—a high test score.

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