National & International Resources

National and international resources for students in need of advanced learning. These were compiled by members of the CALA community. Feel free to contact us with edits or additions — cambridgeCALA@gmail.com. Other resources are listed in the Cambridge Public SchoolsCambridge Out-of-School, and Massachusetts sections.

National Association for Gifted Children
NAGC is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, and community leaders working together to address the unique needs of high potential learners. NAGC develops policies and practices supporting the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. NAGC supports and engages in research and development, staff development, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies who strive to improve the quality of education for all students.

Hoagies Gifted Education Page
An award winning “All Things Gifted” resource for parents, teachers, administrators, mental health professionals, and gifted kids and adults. Tons of information and resources.

Uniquely Gifted
Twice-exceptional children are intellectually gifted children with special needs such as ADHD, learning disabilities, Asperger Syndrome, etc. These students have a hard time in our education system because their giftedness can mask their special needs and their special needs hide their giftedness. They are often labeled as “lazy”, “unmotivated”, “not trying”. The Uniquely Gifted website provides resources for families with twice-exceptional children, and an online discussion forum.

Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University
The CTY seeks students of the highest academic ability through its talent search and offers them challenging educational opportunities — throughout the school year and during the summer — that develop the intellect, encourage achievement, and nurture social development. The CTY also: conducts research and evaluation studies that advance knowledge about gifted education; develops best practices in educating highly able children; and disseminates its findings to parents, the education community, and policymakers. The CTY also supports educators in their efforts to meet the needs of highly able students, assists parents in advocating for their gifted children, and participates actively in community service.

NAACP ACT-SO Program
The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

Duke University TIP Program
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Children with advanced intellectual and academic abilities continually perplex and challenge educators and parents, and schools may not have the resources and staff to adequately provide for the academic challenges, and social and emotional support that gifted children require. Duke TIP is committed to serving this unique group of students, who are of every race, ethnicity, and socio-economic level, by providing services and programs beyond what is offered in the classroom to meet the individual needs of gifted children.

Davidson Young Scholars Program
The Davidson Young Scholars Program provides free services designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people, ages 5 through 16, across the US. Students and their parents receive assistance in the following areas: Free consulting services, an online community, annual get-togethers, ambassador program, Davidson Summer STARS, free guidebooks, and Davidson discussion videos.

Education Program for Gifted Youth – School Open Enrollment
The Open Enrollment program makes courses from the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University available to families who are interested in working together to accelerate the learning of their children. Through School Open Enrollment students can come together in informal learning communities to benefit from EPGY’s courses in math and English. In their coursework, students are supported by their parents, who have access to monitoring capabilities, an array of self-support tools, as well as a School Support Associate, a local volunteer who receives training in the course software from EPGY staff and acts as a liaison with EPGY.

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – Young Writer’s Program
NaNoWriMo is the world’s largest online writing challenge. Young writers pledge to write a certain number of words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30. There are no judges or prizes. “The challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity,” says the program’s founder. Young authors benefit from a community of their peers, as well as the free resources, including lesson plans, workbooks, and a classroom kit, used by thousands of educators worldwide.

Young Scholars Program at the Jack Cook Kent Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program was founded on the idea that if you give high-achieving students with financial need the guidance and resources necessary for them to excel during high school, college, and beyond, their greatness will emerge. The program nurtures exceptional students who have demonstrated, through academic excellence and extracurricular activities, that they have the potential to excel. Students apply for the program in 7th grade, enter the program in 8th grade, and continue through high school. They receive personalized support throughout their educational experience.

Other resources are listed in the Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge Out-of-School, and Massachusetts sections.