March 18

Resources for Parents

Dear Parents/Guardians:

One thing that I am often asked is “Where can I get information on….?”  I hope that this will be the place.  There is so much information out there about gifted children it is hard to know where to start and who to trust to have reliable information.  There are several sites that are good to start with.

  1. First is PAGE, the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education.  On this site there is different information for parents, students, and teachers.  They also post information about upcoming events, like their annual conference, and important news.
  2. Next we have NAGC which is the National Association for Gifted Children.  This site is a trove of treasure.  Here you can get answers to such questions as what is gifted, why gifted education, what are common myths about gifted, as well as read articles from the leading experts in gifted education and links for parents on a wide range of topics.  I refer to this site quite frequently for resources to share with teachers or parents.
  3. The third site that is very good is Hoagies or, as they put it, the “all things gifted” page.  Parents, kids/students, teachers, conferences, articles, information, I don’t even know how to tell you everything that they have.  It definitely is worth exploring.
  4. If you are interested in seeing the Pennsylvania Regulations for gifted, here is the link to PDE.
  5. No Child Left Behind is the current law for education in the United States.  If you are interested in how the provisions of the law affect your child, you can see the entire document here.
  6. Two other resources that are very helpful are:
    1. Gifted Education Frequently Asked Questions 2014 Gifted Program Guidelines 2014
    2. Gifted Program Guidelines 2014

Blogs: There are some blogs about gifted children and adults that provide interesting information. The ones I like are:

There are more sites out there and as I come across new ones, I will post them for you.  If you find a site that you feel is worthwhile for other parents to know about, please post the title of the site, the url, and a sentence or two about what information or resources can be found there.

As always, if you have questions, feel free to contact me.

Valerie Sharir

Gifted Support Teacher, 7th-12th grades

Garden Spot

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