Gifted Resources: WebsitesMissouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Gifted Education
In the State of Missouri, “gifted children” mean those who “exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a standard grade level curriculum.” This page provides helpful resources for parents and student.The St. Louis Association for Gifted Education (SAGE)
SAGE is a nonprofit organization whose primary focus is to provide information and support for parents, educators, students, psychologists, and others interested in developing the talents of high-potential children. SAGE's goals are the following:
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
- disseminate information to parents and interested persons concerning the gifted
- serve as a resource agency for parents and others interested in developing the abilities and talents of high-potential kids
- provide self-help and mutual support group for high-potential children, their parents and caregivers
- promote a climate in the community where achievement and excellence in children is recognized and valued
- inform members about political action and legislation that affect gifted children, their education, and their development.
NAGC makes gifted learners a national priority. Their mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. They aim to support parents and families; K-12 education professionals, including support service personnel; and members of the research and higher education community.Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
Many gifted individuals experience intense emotions, and some are susceptible to mental health issues. Additionally, intense personalities coupled with unusual intellectual ability place gifted individuals outside the norm, and it is common for the gifted to be bullied and ostracized—in the classroom and beyond. Founded in 1981, following the suicide of a gifted student in Michigan, SENG has worked to offer support and guidance to the gifted community through education, research, and connection. With the right intellectual and emotional support, gifted people can accept themselves and fulfill the potential of their incredible capabilities. And, perhaps more importantly, they can learn to work with their high sensitivities to feel balanced, happy, and at peace. SENG provides support through a variety of programs, all aimed to be inclusive and accessible, such as online support groups, online SENGinars with leading experts, regional mini-conferences, and an annual conference.Center for Gifted Education, William & Mary School of Eduction
The Center for Gifted Education is a research and development center providing services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, and parents in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. The School District of Clayton engaged the Center’s Dr. Kimberley L. Chandler in 2017 to aid in the Gifted Program Self-Study. Her evalutation study on the School District of Clayton's Gifted Education Program is available here.