Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.
Qualifying fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students may participate in Duke TIP’s 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and may take advantage of its optional above-level testing. The 7th Grade Talent Search, which focuses on the identification, recognition, and support of high-ability students, offers qualifying seventh grade students the opportunity to take college entrance exams (the ACT or SAT) alongside high school students. Duke TIP offers a wide array of services to students at critical points in their education, including on-line learning courses and access to a variety of resources.
National Association for Gifted Children
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.
They support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. NAGC supports and engages in research and development, staff development, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies who strive to improve the quality of education for all students.
Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut
The Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development comprises many unique teaching, research, and service components, including Mentor Connection, an inquiry-based research program for talented teens. Rising juniors and seniors from across the country are selected to participate in ongoing research projects by faculty and doctoral students. Young people experience all phases of research during their 3-week residential experience. As junior professionals, they summarize their learning through a research symposium at the conclusion of their mentorship experience.
St. Louis Association for Gifted Education
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. Three ladies who helped found SAGE also founded College for Kids, which is sponsored by the St. Louis Community College at Meramec and offers approximately 20 classes in the spring and over 40 each summer for students in grades 3-9.
Gifted Resource Council – Home Page
The GRC provides parenting classes as well as opportunities for gifted students (click on the link for the Fall Learning Lab below).
The Camp Invention program was created in an effort to provide extended school-year learning for children entering grades one through six through engaging, week-long summer fun.
Gifted Association of Missouri website
GAM hosts a state conference in October (Columbia, MO), as well as a District A conference toward the beginning of March (Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles). Sessions for both parents and educators are offered. Membership information is also available on the website.