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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;


New Hampshire Association of Gifted Education (NHAGE) A statewide non-profit association promoting appropriate education for gifted and talented students in NH.

National Association for Gifted Children

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.

The Center for Gifted Education (CFGE) is a research and development center providing services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, and parents in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals.

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 Web site,, 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 Web site 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.

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. For a full calendar, go to

The Davidson Young Scholars program provides FREE services designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people and their families, including talent development and educational advocacy, an online community, annual get-togethers, and the Ambassador Program.

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page provides articles, links, research and resources and other free stuff on every topic in gifted education.

The NEAG Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development Web site includes links to research and news articles on gifted education, in addition to a resource page for parents with a myriad of Web sites and organization recommendations.

New York Times (NYT) Sunday Review (week of Dec 15, 2013)

The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University is an innovative center dedicated to the discovery, study, and development of human potential.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted's (SENG) mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

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

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.


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