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Educator Resources

Be sure to check out the Cluster Teacher classroom on Blackboard. Additional professional development classes will be available on Blackboard soon.

  • Coleman, Laurence J. & Cross, Tracy L. Being Gifted in School: An Introduction to Development, Guidance, and Teaching. Prufrock Press, 2011.
  • Cross, Tracy L. On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children. Prufrock Press, 2011.
  • Cross, Tracy L. & Cross, Jennifer R. Handbook for Counselors Serving Students with Gifted & Talents. Prufrock Press, 2013.
  • Daniels, Susan and Piechowski, Michael M. Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults. Great Potential Press, 2008.
  • Delisle, James R. and Galbraith, Judy. When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers. Free Spirit Publishing, 2002.
  • Dixon, Felicia A. & Moon, Sidney M. The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education. Free Spirit Publishing, 2014.
  • Fonseca, Christine. I'm Not Just Gifted. Prufrock Press, 2015.
  • Heacox, Diane. Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners. Free Spirit Publishing, 2001.
  • Hebert, Thomas P. Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students. Prufrock Press, 2011.
  • Holt McGee, Brenda & Triska, Debbie. Differentiated Projects for Gifted Students. Prufrock Press, 2012.
  • Johnson, Susan K. & Sheffield, Linda J. Using the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts with Gifted and Advanced Learners. Prufrock Press, 2012.
  • Johnson, Susan K. & Sheffield, Linda J. Using the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with Gifted and Advanced Learners. Prufrock Press, 2012.
  • Kaplan, Sandra K. and Cannon, Michael W. Curriculum Development Kit.  Prufrock Press, 2014.
  • Karnes, Frances A. & Bean, Suzanne M. Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted. Prufrock Press, 2014.
  • Kerr, Barbara A. Smart Girls. Great Potential Press, 1997.
  • Kerr, Barbara A. and Cohen, Sanford J. Smart Boys. Great Potential Press, 2001.
  • Matthews, Dona J. and Foster, Joanne F. Being Smart About Gifted Kids: A Handbook for Parents and Educators. Great Potential Press, 2004.
  • McCune, Diane. Gifted Goes Thinking. Pieces of Learning,
  • Strip, Carol Ann and Hirsch, Gretchen. Helping Gifted Children Soar. A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers. Great Potential Press, 2000.
  • Neihart, Maureen, Reis, Sally M., Robinson, Nancy M., & Moon, Sidney M. The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? Prufrock Press, 2010.
  • Rakow, Susan. Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide, 2nd Edition. Prufrock Press, 2011.
  • Ricci, Mary Cay. Mindsets in the Classroom.  Prufrock Press, 2015.
  • Roberts, Julia Link. Teacher’s Survival Guide: Differentiating Instruction in the Elementary Classroom. Prufrock Press, 2012.
  • Roberts, Julia Link. Teacher’s Survival Guide: Gifted Education. Prufrock Press, 2015.
  • Roberts, Julia L. and Inman, Tracy F. Assessing Differentiated Student Products. Prufrock Press, 2011.
  • Rogers, Karen. Reforming Gifted Education. Great Potential Press, 2002.
  • Siegle, Del. The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, and Reversing Underachievement.Prufrock Press, 2012.
  • Smutny, Joan F., Walker, Sally Y., & Meckstroth, Elizabeth A. Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom: Identifying, Nurturing, and Challenging ages 4-9. Free Spirit Publishing, 1997.
  • Spiers-Neumeister, Kristie L. & Burney, Virginia H. An Introduction to Gifted Education. Prufrock Press, 2011.
  • Tomlinson, Carol Ann. The Differentiated Classroom. Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1999.
  • Tomlinson, Carol Ann. Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiating Curriculum (Series of books for various grade bands). Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2003.
  • Tomlinson, Carol Ann. Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom. Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2003.
  • Tomlinson, Carol Ann. How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001.
  • Tomlinson, Carol Ann and McTighe, Jay. Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding By Design. Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2006.
  • Trail, Beverly A. Twice Exceptional Gifted Children. Prufrock Press, 2012.
  • Webb, James T., Meckstroth, Elizabeth A., and Tolan, Stephanie S. Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers. Great Potential Press, 1989.
  • Webb, James, et al. Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders. Great Potential Press, 2005.
  • Winebrenner, Susan, & Brulles, Dina. Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use (3rd ed.). Free Spirit Publishing, 2012.
 
PRIMARY EDUCATION THINKING SKILLS
This is a 4-book series from Pieces of Learning that uses stories and games to teach six types of critical and creative thinking skills to students in grades K-3. Even though it is designed for younger children, it could be stretched into upper elementary grads, as well. Each book contains 12 fully scripted whole class lessons and 12 fully scripted small group extension lessons along with all of the blackline masters for the activities and games. There are also record keeping forms to use to determine students who show strength in particular skills and who may need referral for gifted assessment. Additional free supplemental resources can be found here.
 
 
MAGAZINES
  • Gifted Child Quarterly – National Association for Gifted Children, www.nagc.org, 1707 L Street, N.W. - Suite 550,Washington, DC 20036, benefit available with NAGC membership
  • Teaching for High Potential - National Association for Gifted Children, www.nagc.org, 1707 L Street, N.W. - Suite 550,Washington, DC 20036, benefit available with NAGC membership (insert with NAGC newsletter)
  • Gifted Child Today - Prufrock Press, www.prufrock.com, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX, 76714-8813, $35 per year, quarterly
  • Journal of Advanced Academics - Prufrock Press, www.prufrock.com, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX, 76714-8813, $45 per year, quarterly
  • Journal for the Education of the Gifted - Prufrock Press, www.prufrock.com, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX, 76714-8813, $45 per year, quarterly
  • Eric Digests - These are the gifted digests available for free from ERIC. They are research studies or synopses of research.

GIFTED SPECIALIST ENDORSEMENT PROGRAMS
The following universities offer graduate programs in gifted education. Some are endorsements only. Most offer Master’s programs, and a few also offer doctoral programs. Check the individual universities for more details, including changes in program offerings (face to face versus online, etc.).
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
This is a smattering of online and face to face professional development opportunities for growing as an educator of gifted learners.
  • Ohio Association for Gifted Children Annual Fall Conference - This 2-day event is held in October each year. It include sessions for all professionals in gifted, regardless of role in a school district. Registrants can attend one or both days or can attend just the Parent Day on Sunday evening.
  • Ohio Association for Gifted Children Annual Teacher Academy - This 2-day event is held in March each year. It include sessions designed specifically for Ohio classroom teachers working in a general education classroom or gifted classroom.
  • I-GET-GT-ED - This online training developed by the Ohio Department of Education has modules related to all facets of gifted identification and service geared toward specific audiences, such as classroom teachers, administrators, parents, school counselors, and school psychologists. This is free and is self-paced.
  • National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference - This event is held in November each year and brings people from across the nation to share what they are doing at a classroom, school, and district level to educate gifted students. Many urban and other special topics are represented here, as well.
  • National Association for Gifted Children - They have webinars each Wednesday and special event webinars on a cost session basis.  Past sessions can be purchased from the archives.  Occasionally, they offer free webinars to members.
  • Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted - They have webinars available on a cost session basis. Past sessions can be purchased from the archives. Occasionally, they offer free webinars to members.  There is also an extensive article list on special topics related to the emotional development of gifted learners.
  • Davidson Institute Educators Guild - This is a free online community for educators at all levels who work with gifted children.
  • AP Teacher Network - This is the Ohio AP Teacher network online for sharing ideas and best practices.
 
COMPETITIONS & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Below are contents and competitions that can used to enrich the main curriculum. These events are not sponsored by or endorsed by Columbus City Schools and should be reviewed by each teacher and principal to ensure they fit with the goals and mission of the building and classroom.
  • Intel Science Talent Search - This is a science research competition for seniors in high school.
  • Laws of Life - This is a region essay contenst sponsored by the Better Business Bureau as part of their character education program. It is open to students in grades 6-8, and winners earn cash prizes.
  • NewzBrain - This is an online competition about current events for students in grades 4-12.
  • Noetic Learning - This is a math problem-solving competition for elementary students. It is a paper and pencil contest that is held in the classroom. There are online weekly challenge practice problems.
  • Perennial Math - This is an online math competition for grades 3-8.
  • Siemens Math, Science, and Technology Competition - This is a scientific research competition for high school students.
  • Young Playwrights - This is a scriptwriting contest for any student age 18 and younger.

ONLINE CLASSROOM MATERIALS

Differentiation
 
  • Amby’s Puzzle Page – Amby’s site has links to printable logic puzzles and brain teasers. These activities make great sponge lessons or enrichment options.
  • ByrdSeed - This blog site by Ian Byrd, a gifted specialist in California, is loaded with lesson ideas, graphic organizers, and more that tie depth and complexity to the core curriculum.
  • Creativity Web - This site is devoted to tools and tricks to promote creative thinking.
  • Ed Gate – This page on the Ed Gate site lists specific verbs at each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Eye on Education - This site includes documents on everything from assessment to differentiation to smartboards.
  • Out of the Box Games and Think Fun - These companies sell games for individuals and small groups that prompt logical and strategic thinking. They make great learning centers.
  • Pieces of Learning - In addition to the materials sold on this publisher's site, there is an area with free downloadables that make for great quick classroom activities.
  • Teach-nology Articles – The Teachnology site holds several online articles on curriculum differentiation.
  • Open Stax - This site is a source of free online college-level textbooks. Some are standard books used in universities, and others are available only to students at participating schools. Ohio State is one of those schools. This could be used to save money on textbooks for PSEO or to gain source material for credit flex proposals.
Lesson Planning
  • 4Teachers – This site includes everything from rubrics to classroom layout planner to persuasive writing templates and much more.
  • AP Teacher Network - This is the Ohio AP Teacher network online for sharing ideas and best practices.
  • Center for Gifted Education – This group at the College of William and Mary have a site with links to online resources in all subject areas.
  • Differentiating the Common Core - This document from the California Association for the Gifted examines each Common Core standard and gives examples of how to differentiate the standard appropriately for gifted learners.
  • Discovery School – The Discovery Channel sponsors this site with lessons, online activities, clip art, and more.
  • Eduhound.com - This is a topical search engine of education/curricular topics.
  • The Federal Resource for Educational Excellence (FREE) - This site makes it easy to track down new teaching resources on all subjects from federal agencies.
  • Free Web Tools – This site is put together by a group of Ohio educators and includes websites with free resources for classroom use. There is some overlap in the lists, as they reflect presentations at tech conferences, and some of the links do not direct to the correct website. But, the list is still very useful and comprehensive, and it is updated periodically.
  • Games for Educators - This includes tips for using games in the classroom.
  • InfOhioThis site is a wealth of tools and information. It includes IMatrix, which allows users to search for lessons and assessments by standard. It also has an online study program for ways to incorporate technology in the classroom and research building courses for students of all ages. There are links to databases of professional journals and kids’ magazines. Articles for students can be searched by topic, source, and lexile. There are also links to virtual field trips and much more.
  • Khan Academy – This site has over 3,100 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
  • Ohio Treasure Chest – This site directs users to reviewed website related to the current academic content standards in the core subjects across all grade levels. In addition to linking standards to websites, it also links content standards to related standards in other subject areas so users can look for additional related websites. Users may submit additional recommended sites.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare – Free lecture notes, exams and videos from MIT. No registration required.
  • iTunes U - Apple Computer’s iTunes U store offers coursework from K-12 institutions, public organizations, and colleges all around the world. Some courses and resources are entirely free. Other offerings are lectures, seminars, or portions of courses and include audio, video, and even some documents or assignment sheets. Use the iTunes store on your computer or the iTunes U app on your mobile device to access the content. These programs would be ideal for enriched study, independent projects, or as instructional content as part of credit flexibility proposals. For security purposes, always preview a course. Apple marks questionable content with the label “Explicit” so they can be avoided by parents and children. Still, please use discretion when downloading any content from the internet.
  • PBS Teachersource – This site has lesson plans in all subject areas for a range of grade levels and topics.
  • Rubistar – Rubistar lets teachers quickly create rubrics for projects and classwork. Rubrics can be filled with preset criteria for specific projects or can be edited and customized for specific needs. Final scales can be saved to the site or computer and printed for classroom use.
  • SchoolTube - Videos for classroom use, this is like YouTube for schools.
  • Smithsonian Education - Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, the site links to over a thousand free educational resources. There is also a feature where teachers can search by state for resources that link to state standards.
  • TEA Lighthouse - This site is an alignment of Texas standards with Advanced Placement programming.  It includes sample lessons for grades 6-12 to help prepare students to participate in AP courses in all four subject areas.
Webquests
  • BlendSpace - This lets users build a lesson or series of lessons using digital media, including activities and multimedia on the web and user files. The lesson can then be assigned to students for independent work.
  • Webquest Portals – These link to directories listing many other webquests for all ages.
  • http://www.techtrekers.com/webquests/

Art, Music, and PE

  • Arts Connected – This features specific lessons on different elements of art. It includes activities where students can apply the art element and create original digital art.
  • Toondoo – Students can create their own create comic strips to retell stories.

Language Arts

  • William and Mary Teaching Models – This page has downloadable forms for analyzing vocabulary and literature, for conducting research, and for persuasive writing.
  • Novel Navigators – This page has order forms for materials from the College of William and Mary, but this link will take you directly to the free Novel Navigator units for all grade levels.
  • Literature Guides – Nancy Polette has brief guides for differentiated literature lessons available for downloading.
Math
  • CK-12 - This is a series of self-paced math and science lessons tied to the Common Core for all grade levels.
  • Land of Math The site is organized by math strand and then further broken down into topics within each strand. It includes instructional worksheets, assessments, lesson plans, and links to related web sites and videos. Users can also link to math education standards and organizations. This site is still under construction but already has a lot of content available.
  • Math Moves UThis site gives examples of how math is used by sports figures.
  • Primary ResourcesThis site from the UK has Loop card games tied to math skills at all levels. These are ready-made cooperative learning activities.
  • Virtual Manipulatives - This site includes electronic versions of common classroom manipulatives that students can use to solve computer-generated math problems.
  • Wolfram Mathworld - A major reference with definitions, examples, etc.
Science
  • CK-12 - This is a series of self-paced math and science lessons tied to the Common Core for all grade levels.
  • EdHeadsThis site sponsored by COSI includes virtual science experiments in a range of topics, including engineering, surgery, and machines.
  • Jefferson LabJefferson Lab’s site has teacher lessons, hands-on activities, and class games.
  • Try ScienceThe Try Science site has teacher lessons, home activities, and online experiments for a variety of science disciplines and ages
  • WISEUC Berkley put together this web-based science inquiry program. Teachers can register their class and track student work on the site.
Social Studies
  • Eyewitness HistoryThis site includes personal narratives and primary sources recounting a wide range of historical events around the globe.
  • National Archives I This is one of three sites from the National archives that includes primary source documents, photos, videos, virtual tours, and lesson plans.
  • National Archives IIThis is one of three sites from the National archives that includes primary source documents, photos, videos, virtual tours, and lesson plans.
  • National Archives IIIThis is one of three sites from the National archives that includes primary source documents, photos, videos, virtual tours, and lesson plans.
  • Newseum - The "today’s front pages" feature shows the covers of more than 500 papers in more than 40 countries.
  • Ohio Memory - This is an online scrapbook of Ohio history and includes primary sources from across the state.
Research
  • Diigo - This tool allows users to store text clips, websites, videos, and images. Users can set up accounts to access the information from iPads phone apps, and the website. IT can be a useful tool for storing content for research projects
  • Docuticker - A daily update of new reports from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks, and other groups . . . compiled by librarians.
  • Glogster - An online tool for creating interactive posters. This can be used to create visuals for your students or for students to create interactive posters to share their research.
  • InfOhioThis site links to databases of professional journals and kids’ magazines. Articles for students can be searched by topic, source, and lexile. There are also links to virtual field trips and much more.
  • Internet Public LibraryThis virtual library lets students find information or even check out virtual reading materials. There are also thematic book lists for perusal.
  • LucidChart for Education - This is a digital flow chart, venn diagram, and mind mapping site that allows users to create these documents and manipulate them online.
  • Piktochart - Users can create infographics to share a condensed version of their research.
  • Powtoon - Create animated presentations to present research and share with others.
  • Prezi - This is a spin on presentation slides that works in a mind-mapping format.
  • Reference Desk - A collection of free reference sources, from dictionaries to encyclopedias to news stories.
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