Teacher Resources and
Teachers of the Gifted Instructional Forum (TGIF)
The Teachers of the Gifted Instructional Forum (TGIF) was established in the spring of 1994 to provide outreach to teachers of the gifted across the State of Mississippi. The bi-annual forums focus on current issues and strategies related tothe field of Gifted Studies.
SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)
SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
MAGC Assessment Overview
This document contains a selection of tests for assessment personnel to consider when conducting evaluations for gifted eligibility. A peer review and update concerning this MAGC Assessment Overview will be conducted on an annual basis.
Department of Education's Gifted Education Page
contains MDE publications and regulations regarding gifted education
programs as well as contact info for the gifted education specialist
at the Mississippi Department of Education.
MUW Roger F. Wicker Center for
The Center for Creative Learning hosts a variety of educator
workshops year round. The Center also has an Action Research
Program that awards up to $2,000 to Mississippi teachers which funds
innovative practices in the classroom that raise student
achievement. Visit the resource center for teacher kits
(complete with materials and assessments) and professional
Education Page for Educators
This is a resource site for
parents and educators of gifted children. It includes articles,
research, books, organizations, conferences, on-line support groups,
academic programs, products, humor, and more.
National Association for Gifted
NAGC is a non-profit organization of parents,
teachers, educators, community leaders and other professionals who
unite to address the unique needs of all children and youth with
demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those who may be able to
develop their talent potential with appropriate educational
ERIC Digests about
These digests (short articles) on gifted
education are from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted
Education (ERIC EC), one of 16 federally funded ERIC Clearinghouses.
Guide for Educators is a
categorized list of sites useful for enhancing / differentiating
curriculum. It is updated often to include the best sites for
teaching and learning.
for Gifted Studies
This site lists
services available in Mississippi to parents, teachers, and others
interested in gifted children and youth.
Problems Associated with the Gifted
This chart shows possible
problems associated with characteristic strengths of gifted
children. These behaviors may occur at school or at home.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars
The Jack Kent
Cooke Foundation Young Scholars program selects high-achieving youth
with financial need and provides them with individualized
educational services throughout high school that will enable them to
develop their talents and abilities. The Young Scholars Program is
one of the most individualized scholarships offered in the United
States. The Foundation collaborates with regional talent centers at
Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern Universities, and the
University of Denver to answer inquiries about the program,
administer the application process, and counsel Young Scholars.
However, applicants need not be part of the talent centers' programs
to be eligible for or participate in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Young Scholars Program. Students in the 7th grade—or who will enter
8th grade next fall—are eligible to apply and applications will be
available in February.
Sarah Jo Thompson
Outreach Specialist for Jack
Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program
Duke University Talent
1121 W. Main Street
Problem Solving Competitions and
Imagination "encourages students of all ages to build on their
strengths and to discover skills they never knew they possessed, be
they technical, theatrical, analytical, comic, linguistic,
musical...the list goes on." (quote from DI marketing vice
Future Problem Solving
"Teaching students creative problem solving
processes through competitive and non-competitive instructional
programs so they learn to work with others in designing positive
futures" (quote from FPS site)
This site highlights provides information about
scholastic chess in Mississippi.
teacher-created program that helps kids learn by inventing
Odyssey of the Mind
"fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills among
participating students and features an annual competition component
at local through international levels. Students solve problems in a
variety of areas, from building mechanical devices such as
spring-driven vehicles to giving their own interpretation of
literary classics." (from their website)
GET CERTIFIED IN GIFTED
following colleges / universities offer gifted education degree
programs and/or coursework required to obtain a gifted education
endorsement for a Mississippi teaching license. Click on one of the
links for more information.
Delta State University
University for Women (and smart men, too!)
of Southern Mississippi (Karnes Center for Gifted Studies)
SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)