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"What educators and psychologists recognize as giftedness in children is really potential giftedness, which denotes promise rather than fulfillment and probabilities rather than certainties about future accomplishments. How high these probabilities are in any given case depends much on the match between a child's budding talents and the kinds of nurturance provided."
Dr. Harry Passow, Expert in Gifted Education
Every child has the basic right to an education that promotes the development of his her potential. Each child has a unique profile of strengths and abilities. Willow is committed to providing challenging learning experiences for all learners that build on their individual strengths and optimize their abilities. Children who have been identified as gifted and talented have the potential to achieve high levels of accomplishment, and this potential needs to be recognized and addressed. These students exhibit unusual performance capability in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic endeavors. They may also demonstrate exceptional leadership capacity and may excel in specific academic areas. In order to meet their needs and develop their abilities, these highly able learners require a differentiated curriculum and/or instruction that provides for a variety learning opportunities. At Willow differentiation occurs daily, and in each classroom environment.
Gifted Education Communicator
The official publication of the California Association for the Gifted. It is published four
times a year with each issue developed upon a theme of interest to parents, teachers
and administrators. Has a pull-out section for students. A benefit of membership or
available by subscription.
Gifted Child Quarterly
The official publication of the National Association for Gifted Children, 1707 L Street
N.W., Suite 550, Washington, D.C. 20036. A scholarly journal with articles of interest
to graduate students, researchers and professionals. A benefit of CAG membership.
Parenting for High Potential
A new, exciting and colorful journal designed especially for parents by the National
Association for Gifted Children, 1707 L Street N.W., Suite 550, Washington, D.C.
20036. A benefit of membership.
Gifted Education Review
Synthesizes current publications, articles and research on the latest developments in
gifted education. Address:P.O. Box 2278, Evergreen, Colorado 80439-2278, (800)
Gifted Child Today
Published by Prufrock Press, PO Box 8813, Waco, Texas 76714-8813 (800)240-0333.
A Bi-monthly publication for parents, and teachers that addresses all areas of gifted
Imagine: Opportunities and Resources for Academically Talented Youth
The John Hopkins University Press, 3400 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218,
(410) 516-0309 or (800)548-1784. Published by the Study of Exceptional Talent
(SET), a project of the Center for Talented Youth(CTY), A newsletter for talented
students in grades 7-12 and their parents. Published five times a year, it helps
students identify options at home, in school and in the community that will satisfy
their intellectual curiosity and need for greater academic challenge. Topics include
preparing for and entering academic competitions, writing for publication, choosing
stimulating extracurricular activities, and finding appropriate college programs.
Imagine also provides a forum for student creative writing, book reviews, and
evaluations of colleges.
Understanding Our Gifted
Published by Open Space Communication, Inc. P.O. Box 18268, Boulder, Colorado
80308. (800) 494-6178, (303)444-7020, www.openspacecomm.com. A quarterly
journal addressing the intellectual, social and emotional needs of gifted youth.
This bimonthly journal emphasizes articles on identifying and education of the
creative and gifted, appealing to a broad range of readers. PO Box 66654, Mobile ,
Organizations and Programs
American Mensa, Ltd
1229 Corporate Drive West, Arlington, Texas 76006-6103. Mensa membership is
based on intelligence testing; sponsors meetings and publications.
Beach Center on Families and Disability
Provides easy to read booklets, a resource directory and videos for parents and
teachers of children with Attention Deficit Disorder, University of Kansas, 311
Haworth, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, (913)864-7600,FAX(913)864-7605
College Board - News for Students/Parents
Updated SAT/PSAT, Advanced Placement, scholarship and college search
EPGY -Education Program for Gifted Youth
Provided by Stanford University, EPGY offers mathematics, physics, and writing
courses for gifted youth through a distance learning program (DLP).
Future Problem Solving Program
Teams are presented real life problems to develop solutions for presentation at state
and national level. (800) 256-1499
Gifted Child Society
A non-profit organization founded in l957 to further the cause of gifted children. The
Society has served over 40,000 children and their families.
The Lyceum's mission is to stimulate the individual creativity and intellectual promise
in children through enrichment classes that aim to inspire a life-long love of learning.
Santa Clara Valley
The Rocamora School
Resources for gifted adults on understanding creativity and giftedness and enhancing
talent development. Plus quotes, articles, interviews, and more.
Family Learning Services
Family Learning Services in cooperation with families, will assist in designing
alternative educational programs to facilitate meeting the needs of each student.
Studies and learning experiences can take place in the home, in a school or tutoring
setting, or in a home school co-op.
Parent Resources in California, Student and Curriculum Organizations, Disability
Rights Groups, Advocacy and Research Groups, Legal Services, Computer Resources,
Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth (IAAY)
Center for Talented Youth (CTY), Johns Hopkins University, 5801 Smith Avenue,
McAuley Hall, Ste. 400, Baltimore, MD 21209 (410) 735-6278. Formally established
in 1979, IAAY is dedicated to identifying young people with exceptional abilities and
involving them in programs specially suited to their own rate of learning.
. Email them at
International Baccalaureate Organization
A world wide program. Maintains an office at 200 Madison Avenue, Suite 2007, New
York, NY 10016, (212)696-44464.
Odyssey of the Mind
A non-profit, international organization that promotes creative team-based problem
solving in grades K-college. The International Headquarters Odyssey of the Mind
www.odysseyofthemind.org The California Odyssey of the Mind
Destination Imagination: our international program dedicated to the enhancement of
the learning skills, creative problem solving skills, team skills, sportsmanship, and
knowledge of all students.
California OM Association(CAOM)
CAOM is a non-profit organization that was set up to provide a creative problem-
solving program for the students of California. CAOM is divided into 18 Regions, and
through the CAOM Regional Directors provides 18 Regional Tournaments and one
State Finals Tournament!
Let's Get Real
Let's Get Real is a competition and an opportunity for teams of students to gain
experience working on real business problems. Corporate co-sponsors supply real
problems for which teams submit solutions in business format. Each team chooses
from the list of problems the one it finds most interesting. Problems might include
areas such as environmental issues, manufacturing, distribution, engineering,
software creation, human resources, health and safety, facilities design, public
relations, or any other areas deemed important to the corporations involved. Let's
Get Real is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. We are putting corporate America in
touch with an untapped resource for solving problems with which they are faced.
Rigor and Relevance
21st Century Partnership
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