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Glossary & Resources


Acceleration  The concept of altering the pace or speed of learning and providing more sophisticated resources for learning to challenge students.

Compacting  the procedure used to streamline the regular curriculum for students capable of mastering a task at a faster pace.

Cooperative Grouping  The practice of assigning a common task and/or project to a group of students with varying ability levels often reflecting the full range of student achievement and aptitude.

Critical Thinking  The development of analytical thinking for purposes of decision making. This includes using specific attitudes and skills such as analyzing arguments carefully, seeing others’ points of view, and reaching sound conclusions.

Depth  Refers to the concept of challenging learners by enabling them to venture further, deeper, more elaborately into the area of study.

Flex Grouping  Homogeneous groups formed on a temporary basis to address specific skills.

Higher-Level Thinking  Analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating content of materials for a given purpose.

Independent Study   Allowing students to follow individual or self-selected areas of interest and specific aptitude by designing and implementing their own study plans. Close monitoring by teachers is an essential component of an independent study.

Interest Groups  Grouping students by interest or choice.

Learning Styles  A student’s preference for a mode of learning and/or type of learning environment. For example, a student could favor auditory learning in an independent learning environment.

Multiple Intelligences  A theory that acknowledges that each person has a combination of intelligences that needs to be nurtured (i.e., linguistic, spatial, musical, mathematical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, body kinesthetic, naturalist).

Novelty  Refers to the concept of gaining a personal understanding of the area under study or constructing meaning of knowledge in an individualized manner.

Peer Coaching/Mentoring  A practice that indicates voluntary or assigned matching of students by shared characteristics, such as age, ability, need, and/or interest in order to affect teaching and learning.

Problem Solving  Challenging students to cooperatively or independently discover and offer varied solutions to a problem in a given curricular area or within a general theme.

Socratic Seminar  An open-ended circle discussion centered around a certain text where student interaction guides the discussion by stated opinion and supportive remarks.

Thematic Instruction  The use of encompassing classroom themes or generalizations that allow students to explore and discover relationships and connect concepts through an interdisciplinary approach.

Tiered Instruction  The use of homogeneous groups to explore a common theme at multiple levels utilizing varied resources and assignments.

Online Resources

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN  (AAGC) at Duke University, strives to carry out its stated mission for gifted children by providing the best available research-based information on curriculum, programs, and resources for parents and professionals who work with gifted children and talent development.

CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION  (SBE) is the governing and policy-making body of the California Department of Education (CDE). The SBE sets K-12 education policy in the areas of standards, instructional materials, assessment, and accountability.

CENTER FOR CREATIVE LEARNING developed by Donald J. Treffinger, offers a variety of publications, training programs, information support, and consulting services on creativity, Creative Problem Solving (CPS), talent development, and learning styles.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SERVICES provides resources and information about college admissions including financial aid, scholarships, studying for the SAT, writing application essays, and the college admission process.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR GIFTED YOUTH  (EPGY) is Stanford University's computer-based distance learning courses for high-ability students of all ages; an individualized educational experience in a variety of subjects from Kindergarten through advanced undergraduate.

FOUNDATION FOR CRITICAL THINKING at Sonoma State University, presents publications, conferences, workshops, and professional development programs emphasizing instructional strategies, Socratic questioning, critical reading and writing, higher order thinking skills, assessment, research, quality enhancement, and competency standards.

HOAGIES GIFTED EDUCATION contains gifted information and resources for parents, educators, counselors, administrators, other professionals, kids, and teens. 

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR TALENTED YOUTH  (CTY) program identifies top academic students in grades two through eight and affords them the opportunity for participation in challenging educational programs through their tenth grade year.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN  (NAGC) is a non-profit organization of teachers, administrators, parents,and professionals interested in promoting gifted education on a national level.

NEAG CENTER FOR GIFTED EDUCATION TALENT DEVELOPMENT is located at the University of Connecticut. Several studies conducted by our research team guide the design and development of programs and services to meet the needs of gifted and talented students.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students from Kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems ranging from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretations of literary classics. Students bring their solutions to competitions at the local, state, and world levels.

LLNL SCIENCE ON SATURDAY LECTURE SERIES  (SOS) is a series of scientific lectures for middle and high school students, parents, and teachers. The free, open to the public series are scheduled on consecutive Saturday mornings in February 2016.

SUPPORTING EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF THE GIFTED  (SENG) fosters education and research to support the unique social and emotional needs of gifted individuals.

MATERIALS ON GIFTEDNESS AND GIFTED EDUCATION for purchase. Please note, we are neither promoting or endorsing the following websites. We provide these sites for information purposes only.