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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.

Mississippi Department of Education's Gifted Education Page
This site 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 Creative Learning
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 resources.

Hoagies' Gifted 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 Children
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 experiences.

ERIC Digests about GIfted Education
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.

Kathy Schrock's 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.


Karnes Center for Gifted Studies
This site lists services available in Mississippi to parents, teachers, and others interested in gifted children and youth.

Possible 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 Program
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.

Or contact:
Sarah Jo Thompson
Outreach Specialist for Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program
Duke University Talent Identification Program
1121 W. Main Street
Durham, NC
(919) 668-9100

Problem Solving Competitions and Organizations

Destination 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 president)

Future Problem Solving of Mississippi
"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)

Mississippi Chess Association
This site highlights provides information about scholastic chess in Mississippi.

Invent America
K-8 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)


The 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
Jackson State University
Mississippi College
Mississippi State University
Mississippi University for Women (and smart men, too!)
University of Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi (Karnes Center for Gifted Studies)
William Carey College

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)

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