In an effort to support parents, educators, and G/T students during school disruptions due to COVID-19, the KAGE Board has been collecting G/T-related educational resources to share with our members and followers.
To educators and parents of gifted students in Kentucky – The current times can be quite stressful for those of us in the education field and many of us work alone as the sole GT specialist in our school systems. The KAGE Board members would like to offer to be a resource/sounding board to the GT community in Kentucky during this time of unprecedented situations. If you need advice or just want to run ideas by someone, USE THE ATTACHED LIST as a place to find those of us who are willing to listen and be a help to you if we can. We are also glad to assist you with finding the answers to questions that you may have. Together we will get through this! – from your KAGE Board
COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS FOR BEST PRACTICES FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES UPON REOPENING
As schools consider reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year, adjustments need to be made to ensure the needs of gifted students and advanced learners are being met. The following document was developed by the KAGE Board to provide guidance and support for meeting those needs. Board members who contributed to the document were Heather Hicks, Jan Lanham, Leann Pickerill, Genny Jenkins, Sarah Coomer, and Michael Broadbent.
Click HERE to download Covid-19 Considerations for Best Practices for Gifted and Talented Educational Services K-12 Upon Reopening.
Tips for Teaching Virtually
With so many changes in the Fall 2020 school year, many educators are looking for helpful tips for creating engaging virtual learning experiences that follow best practices for their G/T students. We would like to compile a helpful list of links to such virtual learning experiences. Below is one such link from Bluegrass EDU. If you know of others, please let us know.
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/bluegrassedu/ – This site offers videos, photos, podcasts, tips on teaching virtually and more. (From the Bluegrass.edu facebook) – This group is a place for ALL that educate our children (teachers, instructional assistants, librarians, child care provider, parents… you get the idea) While we welcome nearly any topic we focus on the following: Distance Learning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) Literacy Social Emotional Developmental Mile Stones Personalized Education. Visit our website with online workshops & our blog posts.
- 6 Steps to Prepare for Blended Learning, Lisa Van Gemert (Gifted Guru). Lisa shares best practices with schools and education conferences, including KAGE, (and sometimes even businesses), specializing in the gifted.
- What Makes Online Learning Effective, Sam Northern. Sam shares best practices and tools for making online learning effective for students.
If you know a link for engaging virtual learning experiences that follow best practices for gifted education, please let us know.
“Coping With the Stress of COVID-19: Tips for Families with Gifted Children with Edward R. Amend, Psy.D.” (The Amend Group) is a helpful video produced for KAGE, The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU, and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Thank you, Dr. Amend.
Below are additional resources (loosely arranged by subject area). Click on each heading to open up that category.
NAGC has excellent TIP Sheets and other resources that offer parents, caregivers, and educators strategies for helping children manage during these extraordinary times:
- NAGC TIP Sheet-Grandparenting & Intergenerational Connections – Great resource
- Alternate Education Options for Gifted Children During a Pandemic & Beyond, Webinar, Hosted by KAGE Board Member Tracy Inman, Ed.D. NAGC Webinar
- Administrator’s Toolbox
- Best Practices in Professional Learning & Teacher Preparation: PD for Gifted in Content Areas Christine Weber, Ph.D. & Angela Novak, Ph.D.
- Adjusting Identification Services for the 2020-2021 School Year in the Time of COVID, Julia Roberts, Ed.D. & Jonathan Plucker, Ph.D.
- Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide (3rd ed.), Susan Rakow, Ph.D.
- What it Means to Teach Gifted Learners Well Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D.
- Biographies as Tools for Mentoring Young Writers Elizabeth C. Fairweather
- Advanced Research Projects and Their Benefit to Gifted Secondary Students Manashri Bhor
- Serving the Whole Gifted Child TIP Sheet. Click HERE to download.
- Supporting Your Gifted Child During COVID-19 TIP Sheet – Click HERE to download.
- At-Home Summer Fun for Creative Kids & Families: NEW August 2020. A month’s worth of daily activities to inspire and engage your gifted children from NAGC’s Parent Editorial Content & Advisory Board. Download the June and July calendars for another 61 days of enrichment ideas.
- Altered Carbon: How Parents Can Encourage and Support Gifted Children’s Interest in STEM with Readily Available Tools and Apps, Stephen T. Schroth, Ph.D., Janese Daniels, Ph.D., & Kimberly McCormick, Ph.D.
- Finding Your Child’s Best Educational Fit by Ellen Honeck, Ph.D. & Anne Johnson,
- Accidental Homeschooler Suki Wessling, Parenting for High Potential, July 2013
Free Webinars and Live Chats Available to View (many were recorded and still available to view):
- Update on Gifted Education, August 29, Presenters: Julia Link Roberts, Jane Paulin, Kathie Anderson, Leann Pickerill, Jimmy Cornn, Jonathan Plucker, and a panel of Gatton Academy students (Jada Hunter-Hays, Sachi Barnaby, Caden Maners, Ashwin Menon, Sanjana Nasta, and Mina Ryumae)
- Online/Blended Learning With William & Mary Curriculum, Presenter: Ashley Carpenter, Center for Gifted Education, William & Mary, Prufrock Press Webinar, August 25, 3 pm CT https://www.prufrock.com/Webinar-Online-Blending-Learning-With-WM-Curriculum.aspx
- Alternate Education Options for Gifted Children During a Pandemic & Beyond, August 13, 7-8 EDT, Hosted by KAGE Board Member Tracy Inman, Ed.D. NAGC Webinar
- Project-Based Online Teaching and Learning, Todd Stanley, Author and Gifted Services Coordinator, and Joel McIntosh, Publisher, Prufrock Press, Tuesday August 18, 3 pm, CT
- Serving the Whole Gifted Child, NAGC webinar, with (KAGE Board member) Tracy Inman, Ed.D., Dina Brulles, Ph.D., Tom Hebert, Ph.D., Teresa Newsom, Ph.D., June 3
- Creating Kind and Compassionate Kids: Tips for Social-Emotional Learning, Prufrock Press webinar with Deborah S. Delisle & James R. Delisle, Ph.D., May 26
- Parenting Bright Kids Who Struggle in School, Prufrock Press webinar, Dewey Rosetti, June 2
- Promoting Rigor Through Higher Level Questioning: Practical Strategies for Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Prufrock Press webinar, with Todd Stanley – May 19
- Supporting Gifted and Talented Students During the COVID 19 Crisis (Podcast) Dr. Tracy Inman, NAGC Parent Rep. & Associate Director at The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU, AND NAGC Executive Director Mr. John Segota
- Remote Learning and Differentiating with Menus, with Laurie E. Westphal, Prufrock Press, April 28
- Minnesota Council for Gifted & Talented (MCGT) Facebook Live CHATS. Every Tuesday in March and April
- Inquiry-Based Learning in History, with Jana Kirchner & Andrew McMichael, Prufrock Press webinar, April 21,
- Relationships Over Everything, webinar on Critical Thinking, Collaboration, & Connections in Distance Learning with Colin Seale, April 22
- Meeting the Needs of Gifted Learners at a Distance – A Focus on Grades 4-8, NAGC webinar, April 14,
- Things You Can Do Tomorrow to Help Students Develop Creative Skills for their Lifetime, Dr. Jonathan Plucker, CAC webinar, April 14
- When Smart Kids Underachieve in School: with Todd Stanley, Prufrock Press webinar, April 14
- Beyond “Full Potential”: Reconsidering What Success Means for Gifted Children, with Colin Seale, thinkLaw, Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented
- Surviving, Thriving, and Finding Magic in the Era of COVID-19, Laila Sanguras, Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented
- Making online lessons engaging, Lisa Van Gemert (The Gifted Guru), April 10
- Raising Children With Grit: Parenting Passionate, Persistent, and Successful Kids, Prufrock Press webinar, with Laila Y. Sanguras – May 5
- What to Expect When You’re Expected to Teach Gifted Students Prufrock Press webinar, with Kari Lockhart, May 12
- Video on YouTube “Coping With the Stress of COVID-19: Tips for Families with Gifted Children with Edward R. Amend, Psy.D.” (The Amend Group) is a helpful video produced for KAGE, The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU, and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.
- Social and Emotional Support for Gifted Learners During COVID-19. Wendy Berhens at the Minnesota Department of Gifted and Talented Education graciously is allowing us to modify for Kentucky.
- Center for Healthy Minds COVID-10 Webb-Being Toolkit, loaded with resources
- Helping Children Cope with the COVID-19 Virus, Debbie Serani, Psy.D. Free Spirit Publishing Blog
- The Amend Group psychological services, specializing in high ability children & their families
- Natural Disasters: Supporting Gifted Children During Gifted Times
- Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents (good info about how to spend time at home)
- Social-Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
- 6 Free Online Speech Therapy Resources for Kids
General/Multiple Subject Areas
- National Assn for Gifted Education (NAGC) Resources for Educators & Educators During COVID-19
- Resource Support for Families During COVID-19, compiled by The Davidson Institute
- Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) – list of resources
- The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU List of Opportunities
- National Inventors Hall of Fame at home learning resources
- Ohio Association for Gifted Children list of resources
- Hoagies – you can find anything gifted at Hoagies!
- Prufrock Press free eBook: Thinking Skills Activities
- Smithsonian Distance Learning (Access to all the museums! Wonderful!)
- Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) Resources
- EDTECH HUB from BGISD: Tired of scrolling through endless lists of tech tools? BGISD EdTech Hub is a one-stop tech tools shop. Choose the tool that’s right for you at a glance, filter by lesson focus, & find the best NTI resources
- Just in Time: 20 Terrific FREE Content Resources, curated by Brian Housand, Ph.D.
- Critical Thinking: Colin Seale article on with ideas for parents for using critical thinking to reduce excessive screen time.
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Arcademic Skill Builders, Math Games, Lang. Arts Games, & much more
- Renzulli Learning enrichment activities
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Resources for Teaching Remotely
- IdeaFestival Bowling Green Learning Opportunities
- Making Connections: Genius Hour at Home
- Virtual Field Trips, including museums, farms, Mars, and more
- 12 Museum Virtual Tours
- Google Earth Virtual Tours (these are amazing!)
- Frazier Museum (Louisville) Virtual Museum
- Palace of Versailles Virtual Tour
- Kentucky Historical Society Virtual Visitor
- Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Facebook Live Home Safaris weekdays at 3 pm EDT
- Google Arts & Culture, explore iconic locations in 3D
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings, form KidsActivities.com
- 1,300 Online Courses (from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, & more)
- 1,150 free movies, including classics, indies, noir
- 150+ Educational Shows on Netflix
- Free art lessons from famous illustrators (including Jarrett Lerner of Madlibs!)
- Metropolitan Opera Nightly Met Opera Streams
- AP Classroom, fee daily online practice AP teachers can use to check student understanding
- Schoolhouse Rock series
- Universal School Library, growing collection of digitized books
- Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode.
- Kids STEM Guide Discover Data Science database of websites, camps, & contests
- National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Activity Guide
- Math Sites List from Linda Sheffield, Ph.D.
- 12 Card Games That Will Turn Your Students Into Math Aces
- Engineering challenge cards (44, downloadable) designed specifically for children from James Dyson Foundation
- STEM activities from NASA
- STEM Activities for Kids
- Hooked on Science NGSS ON-THE-GO
- Hooked on Science NGSS Experiment Guidesl
- Science Scavenger Hunt that does NOT require internet connectivity
- Google CS First, self-paced Computer Science curriculum for all ages
- Organic Chemistry Apps
- Follow Kentucky Teacher, a publication of the Kentucky Department of Education, for updates & news
- How to Set Up Zoom for Parents & Students YouTube video
- Need Tutoring? Many educators, including university faculty, are offering, check out your local college.
- Many public libraries are hosting online bookclubs throughout the state – have your children login to their library’s webpage and see what is happening for them.
last update 09/15/2020