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Gifted & Talented Education

In New Hampshire, there is no state-level legislation or regulation regarding gifted education. Special programming for the Gifted or Talented is entirely a matter of local option. Such programming may be referred to as “Enrichment”, but not all “Enrichment” programs are targeted to the gifted. The key to whether a program is a true “gifted” program is whether there is a formal identification process. There is no state standard in New Hampshire for identification, so this is entirely up to local districts.

Relevant regulations

Differentiation Policy

Ed 306.06 Culture and Climate.
(a) The school policies adopted by the local school board shall reflect:
(1) The acknowledgement of diversity and respect for differences;

Advanced Courses

Ed 306.14 Basic Instructional Standards. The local school board shall require that each school has an instructional program which includes the following:
(g) A policy encouraging students to pursue and demonstrate advanced course work, including advanced placement courses in high school;


Adaptive Testing Evolves to Assess Common-Core Skills Word document

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship for Gifted 7th Graders - The Institute for Educational Advancement is a non profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of gifted young people. IEA encourages current 7th graders who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and intellectual precocity to apply for a Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship. This is a national program that awards selected applicants with a four year scholarship to a high school that nurtures and supports each individual scholar’s intellectual and personal needs. To learn more, go to or call (626) 403-8900.

Center for Creative Learning in Sarasota, Florida - Our work focuses on Creative Problem Solving (CPS), the Levels of Service (LoS) approach to talent development, and problem-solving style. Over the years, we have published many books and articles, presented at NAGC Conferences and many state conferences, and worked in a number of countries outside the USA. Our President, Dr. Don Treffinger has been an NAGC Board Member, editor of the Gifted Child Quarterly, and editor-in-chief of Parenting for High Potential Magazine. The purpose of this message is to announce that we have just completed a complete restructuring of our Center’s website,, as well as a wide variety of new resources and materials. These include a variety of free and low cost resources that can be downloaded directly from the website in PDF format. We also have posted more than 20 back issues of our newsletter, Creative Learning Today (also free in PDF format); these are available at: The new issue of the newsletter, Volume 18 (number 1), just published, includes new articles on CPS in education and additional information about many of our new and expanded resources.

Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University - Gifted LearningLinks Gifted LearningLinks flyer for 2010-11, an online program.

Center for Talented Youth - Johns Hopkins University - Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth offers above-grade-level testing, academic summer programs, online courses, travel opportunities, and awards for top students nationwide. Join us this fall at a meeting near you to learn more. The attached flier JHU CTY meeting flyer will help schools, libraries, community groups, and other organizations spread the word. For a full calendar, go to

Davidson Institute for Talent Development and University of Nevada, Reno Offer Online Class in Gifted Education Word document

Davidson Institute News Briefs for 2014:

**see information about the 2014 THINK Summer Institute under the "Upcoming Events" section

Davidson Young Scholars Application Available
The national Davidson Young Scholars program helps profoundly gifted students discover others with similar interests and abilities, utilizing their skills and talents to maximize their educational potential and make a difference in the lives of others. Parents collaborate with a skilled team of Family Consultants who provide individualized services based on each family’s unique needs, most often in the areas of educational advocacy, social and emotional development, and enrichment opportunities. Read Young Scholar Success Stories ( about how the Young Scholars program has helped make a difference in the lives of these students. The Davidson Young Scholars application deadline is the first of each month. Please visit the website to learn more:

Davidson Institute’s Educators Guild
The Davidson Institute's Educators Guild is a FREE national service for elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators, as well as other professionals who are committed to meeting the unique academic needs of gifted students. More than 1,600 professional educators have access to free consulting services and a national discussion eList for networking, as well as Educators Guild publications. Become an Educators Guild member simply by signing up for our free eLists at Also, please the join the Educators Guild Discussion Group on Facebook ( if you would like to contribute to the ongoing conversation about how to best serve the academic needs of our nation’s brightest students.

Ed Week: Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted Word document

Ed Week: Parents Press for Attention to Programs for Gifted Students Acrobat Reader

EdResearch - Creativity and Giftedness Books - May 16, 2013 - Free Previews

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Word document. We wanted to let you know about a new annual award competition that offers funding for aspiring scientists ages 13-18. Attached is the press release with more information. More information is also available on the Cogito site at:

Low-Income, High-Ability Students Need More Support Word document

New York Times (NYT) Sunday Review (week of Dec 15, 2013) : Even Gifted Students Can’t Keep Up- In Math and Science, the Best Fend for Themselves Acrobat Reader

Purdue University’s GERI Summer Residential Programs Information. GERI has been serving 5th-12th grade gifted, creative, and talented students in residential summer programs that stimulate their imaginations and expand their abilities and talents.

The brochure and our website: include all the information interested students and parents will need if they would like to pursue a summer opportunity with Purdue’s GERI program. If you have questions or would like paper brochures, please contact me at the numbers below.

Arnold Gamboa
Graduate Student
Purdue University, Educational Studies
Gifted Education Resource Institute
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
100 N. University Street, Room 5113
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Tel: (765) 494-7241, Fax: (765) 496-2706

SAS Training Update - Los Angeles & Toronto Acrobat Reader
The Social Skills Training Institute would like to share our latest training dates and news from Illinois and California with you!

SENG-Model Parent Support Group - For parents of bright, gifted or talented children
You are invited to participate in a guided discussion group to learn about the social and emotional needs of bright/gifted/talented children, and the parenting issues related to those needs. The emphasis is on positive aspects of parenting, avoiding power struggles, and helping these children learn appropriate life skills while enhancing the parent/child relationship.
Topics will include: Identification/Characteristics, Parent Relationships, Sibling Relationships, Communication of Feelings, Stress Management, Depression, Motivation, Tradition Breaking, Peer Relationships, and Discipline.

For more information on SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) see - Facilitator: Diane Ramirez. For more information , contact Diane Ramirez

The McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program
Effective September 1, 2012, the McLane Family New Hampshire Student Membership Program allows New Hampshire students of all ages in public and private school, as well as those who are home schooled, to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston free of charge. To request a school group visit, please complete our request form and indicate that you are visiting from a school in New Hampshire

Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) - New Hampshire's first statewide on-line virtual public school. The Academy's goal is to use the latest internet technologies to provide our students with any time, any where access to a rigorous, personalized education that helps them learn today, graduate tomorrow and prepare for the future.

Upcoming Events:

  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

    Announcing the launch of the 2015-2016 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program Online Application for K-12 teachers!

  • Are you a U.S.:

    • Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
    • Guidance counselor?
    • Curriculum specialist?
    • Curriculum head?
    • Talented and Gifted coordinator?
    • Special Education coordinator?
    • Media specialist/librarian?

    You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-6 months through the Fulbright Program!

    By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives.

    Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.
    *Additional countries are still pending and will be added to the website in the coming weeks.

    Application deadline: November 5, 2014.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Application Info:

    This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

  • Host an International High School Exchange Student Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State invites you to make a difference by hosting an international high school exchange student in your school or home starting this fall. Approximately 2,000 Department of State-sponsored exchange students from over 50 countries, all of whom have undergone a competitive, merit-based selection process, will spend the 2014-15 academic year in communities across the United States. These exchange students live with American families, attend American high schools, and participate in American culture, leadership activities, and community service. Exchange students can help internationalize classrooms and bring foreign affairs to life.

We seek host families and host schools from all over the United States. Learn more or submit an interest form at and please share this announcement with others. You can also email us at

  • The Davidson Institute is seeking gifted teens who are interested in attending the 2014 THINK Summer Institute. THINK is a three-week residential summer program on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno where students can earn up to six college credits by completing two university courses. The 2014 THINK Summer Institute will run from July 12 through Aug. 2. Tuition is $3,400 and covers course credits, books and materials, room and board and the cost of planned activities. Need-based scholarships are available. To qualify, students must be 13 to 16 years old during THINK and must meet or exceed composite SAT score of 1130 (excludes writing portion) or ACT score of 26. The new application deadline is April 30, 2014. Homeschooled students are eligible to apply. To learn more about THINK, please visit

Kenneth J. Relihan
(603) 271-6151
(603) 271-7381 (fax)

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