Gifted Children

Gifted Education Resources

The field of gifted education is rich in research and resources. We are pleased to share some additional resources and sources of information regarding the students that Open Window is dedicated to serve. We also regularly share articles of interest through Twitter @OWSBobcat and the Gifted News section of this website. 
The community of parents and educators of gifted children is wonderfully collaborative; if you find something else of value, please let us know by email or Twitter (@OWSBobcat).
Visitors are probably familiar with most of these organizations. NAGC is the leading national organization in the field, but the Davidson website contains an increasingly abundant source for valuable information. The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development programs provide off-level testing (which can help better assess the potential of gifted students than on grade-level standardized testing), information for parents and students, and summer enrichment possibilities. The Robinson Center supports both enrichment and the University of Washington’s early entrance program for gifted high school students. In addition to organizations, here is some specific information that may be helpful:

Book Reviews

The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide:  For Ages 10 & Under
By Judy Galbraith
This book is written for the kids themselves, and is helpful when gifted children start asking questions about why they think differently from peers. The author talks about how schools sometimes treat gifted girls differently from gifted boys. I have appreciated Open Window’s strong commitment to gender equality, knowing our boys may be poets and our girls may be programmers.
Reviewed by Ren Cedar Fuller, parent of an Open Window School graduate
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide:  Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything
By Judy Galbraith and Jim Deslisle
This is a book you leave on the coffee table for your young adolescent to discover. It dovetails lessons our middle schoolers learn at Open Window about self-management and being true to themselves.
Reviewed by Ren Cedar Fuller, parent of an Open Window School graduate
The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids:  How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child
By Sally Yahnke Walker
This is a good introduction to raising gifted children for parents of elementary age children. The author describes how gifted children, when made to repeat basic work, “quickly become bored and lose their motivation.” This is where the Open Window curriculum shines: the teachers continually assess children’s skills and knowledge and advance them (or provide extra support) as needed.
Reviewed by Ren Cedar Fuller, parent of an Open Window School graduate
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by Dr. James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Dr. Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries.
This is the one book that every parent of a gifted child should own as it presents a topic by topic guide to virtually every aspect of giftedness (lead author James Webb is the founder of SENG). In addition to its comprehensiveness, what I really like about this book is its ability to synthesize the best information in the field in clear, easy to digest bites. Each chapter is divided into short sections that succinctly cover topics that range from “Overexcitabilities and Gifted Children” to “How Much to Push? When to Back Off?” The writing is well supported by endnote citations, yet reads in a clear, easily accessible manner. This is a book that provides both a great introduction to giftedness and a ready-reference that you will draw upon for years to come. Carolyn K “Mrs. Hoagie” of Hoagies’ Gifted Website,” rates this book six stars out of five!

Reviewed by Jeff Stroebel, Open Window School Head of School
You Know Your Child Might be Gifted When…
By Judy Galbraith
This is a tiny book but is filled with some excellent ideas and insights.  It includes some cartoon-type drawings with exaggerated but amusing representations of giftedness.  This book is heavy on vague lists of what to look for in children who might be gifted. It contains very few specifics and reads more like a book intended to convince parents that their children are gifted rather than a serious analysis of the extent of their skills. Not a research volume -- more like the kind of book you give to your child's grandparents to help them understand why you are doing some special activities or schooling for your bright youngster.  The cover does say beginner's guide -- you shouldn't expect depth.  
Reviewed by Sheri Brown, Open Window School Head of Lower School