Gifted and talented children and youth are those students with outstanding abilities, identified at preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. The potential of gifted students requires differentiated and challenging educational programs or services beyond those provided in the general school program. Students capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability in one or more of these areas: general intellectual, specific academic subjects, creativity, leadership, and visual/performing arts.
Professional Learning Opportunities
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JCK) is dedicated to ensuring high-performing; low-income students have the support necessary to develop their skills. To learn more about scholarships, counseling and other support services for students grade seven to graduate school, visit JCK to learn more.
- Minnesota Scholars of Distinction program nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated, self-directed students. Students may apply for Scholars of Distinction Awards in Leadership, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and Theater Arts. All applicants must complete the Intent to Apply Form. For more information, visit the Scholars of Distinction webpage.
- Out of Level Tests are assessments developed for older students administered to younger students. These tests provide specific information about student strengths and may provide access to enrichment/advanced programs through talent centers. Several testing sites are available in Minnesota through the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search program. Learn about opportunities for out-of-level testing in Minnesota through CTD.
Gifted Learner Resources
Resources for Educators, Schools and Families
- Acceleration is an option for students who are academically advanced compared to peers in their age group. The Acceleration Institute website informs parents, educators, researchers and policymakers of the research and practices concerning academic acceleration. Visit the Acceleration Institute website. Developing Academic Acceleration Policies: Whole Grade, Early Entrance & Single Subject is a resource available to guide policymakers, school administrators, and educators to create or modify acceleration policies at the local level. View Developing Academic Policies: Whole Grade, Early Entrance & Single Subject.
- Advocacy Tools help families advocate for their gifted child and are available through the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). View advocacy tools on the NAGC website.
- English learners (ELs) are often under-represented in gifted and talented programs. The National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE) developed 15 tips for identifying gifted EL students. Visit the NCRGE website.
- Enrichment Opportunities allow students to explore their interests and learn new skills. Enrichment occur within and outside of school. The Reach for the Stars catalogue includes opportunities for students that meet criteria set by the Minnesota Academic League Council. View the catalogue.
- Evidence based practices in gifted education have been synthesized by the American Psychological Association’s Center for Psychology in Schools and Education. Read the Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Pre-K-12 Education.
- Identifying Underserved Population for Gifted Programs FAQ is a new resource providing research-based recommendations to help you identify these learners: Identifying Underserved Student Populations for Gifted Programs: Some Methods and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Professional Development on Demand courses are now available from the Minnesota Department of Education. The courses developed in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) at https://mndepted.instructure.com/register include science, math and gifted education training modules.
- Canvas Learning Management (LMS) website. Gifted education courses include: is a three-year grant Jacob K. Javits awarded MDE from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant elevates culturally responsive identification and services and provides for underserved gifted rural populations by preparing educators, administrators and families to understand the unique needs of gifted and talented learners. Professional learning modules for educators and administrators are available at no cost. To access the modules, register as a student on the
- TIP Sheets Timely Information for Parents (TIP) sheets are available from the National Association for Gifted Children in four areas: Assessments for Identification, Asynchronous Development, Classroom Advocacy, and Early Childhood. View the TIP sheets.
- Twice-Exceptional Children are gifted children with special education needs. The Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented makes available a list of articles and organizations providing assistance to children and families. Learn more about available resources.
- Young Gifted Learners ages 3-8 are typically underserved. Very few gifted programs exist for children this age, and few teachers have the training necessary to support this group. The challenge is finding how to best serve and identify this population. Learn more about the issues facing young gifted learners.
Gifted and Talented: Legislative Summary
Utilizing the Expertise of Gifted Education Coordinators and Specialists - 9/4/20