This is a free virtual STEM program for students entering grades 4-8, hosted by York High School senior, Ava Hollis. Students will submit questions that they have about anything science related. See recordings from her Summer Science HERE. Once or twice a month, she will select a question and answer it in a kid-friendly and fun way with experiments and visuals. Sessions are about 30 minutes and you can tune in whenever you can!
Are you interested in logic puzzles, strategies and math? Check out this information for Math Enrichment Zooms. This free enrichment, run by York math team students, consists of five hour long zoom sessions for 7th and 8th graders in District 205. (Note, this is enrichment not tutoring.) Contact email@example.com with any questions. The first (not consecutive) session was at the end of January, and sessions run monthly through May. Register here. Join any time!
Also, stay tuned for upcoming Summer 2021 Offerings!
STEMDuPage.comis a website for Parents, Middle School Students and Educators whose goal is to “provide information, encourage connection and collaboration, and motivate learning and play in the areas of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics.” From projects to do, to resources for learning and teaching, this website is a one stop shop for DuPage residents. Sign up for their bimonthly newsletter delivered straight to your email.
Tuesday Technologies was created by York Freshmen, Jeffrey Lu and Joe Byrne, and is a web based smart management tool that helps with executive functioning and keeping school work tasks organized and prioritized correctly.
In the summer of 2020, Jeffrey and Joe noticed a huge jump in the amount of independence and amount of school work they had to do as freshmen in high school as compared to 8th grade. Tuesday was created as a way to help them keep school work organized - it started as a spreadsheet and evolved from there into a web based tool. It uses a prioritization system and the Pomodoro technique (small blocks of time dedicated to a certain task).
Executive functioning skills can be trained and should be trained early, so this tool is appropriate not only for high school students, but even for middle school or late grade school students. It is free for all D205 students to use, and requires a D205 Google account to access.
Whether you have a math problem, research paper or tough science assignment, Homework Help from Tutor.com can assist you. Students in grades K-12, early college, and curious adults can work with a tutor in English or Spanish. Subjects covered include math, science, English, and social studies.
The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is“When will I use math?”
WeUseMath.orgis a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.
* Denotes a resource created by, run by, and/or supported by current York High School students or alumni.
The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity - (a Northern Illinois University partner) offers an innovative and unique approach to education, providing enriching opportunities for motivated students to explore diverse subjects in a challenging, creative environment free from the pressures of tests and grades. At The Center for Gifted, programs are designed specifically to meet the unique educational needs of advanced learners in an environment that is supportive and nurturing of their individual gifts and talents.
The organization has multiple locations. In addition, it utilizes a number of Elmhurst locations, including Sandburg Middle School and Elmhurst College, among others. In 2019 it opened an Elmhurst branch at 533 West Avenue.
Dominican University Summer Gifted and Talented Program
The Summer Gifted and Talented Program at Dominican University provides academic and social enrichment to its community of exceptional learners, and is intended for motivated students entering grades 2-8 in the Fall. The Summer Gifted and Talented Program exposes academically gifted and talented students to like-minded peers, challenging learning experiences, and an opportunity to become lifelong learners and leaders in a tightly knit and supportive environment. Please contact Program Director Janie Wu, firstname.lastname@example.org, to join the email list and receive email blasts announcing program updates.
TheDuke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP)is a nonprofit organization that has served over three million academically talented students in grades 4–12 since it was founded in 1980. Collaborating with educators and parents, TIP helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs.
During Covid, the following options are available:
Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF) is a complete secondary school online curriculum for mathematically talented students that uses a foundation of discrete mathematics to launch students into modern proof-based mathematics.
The IMSA Center for Teaching and Learning programs provide an inquiry-based experience for students, with a goal of encouraging all students to see themselves as capable scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. Currently there are both virtual and in-person offerings.
The world leader in gifted education since 1979, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world. We serve bright learners (K-12) and their families through our research, advocacy, and counseling, as well as our signature gifted and talented summer, online, international, and family programs.
TheNorthwestern Center for Talent Development is dedicated to helping academically talented students, age 3 through grade 12, realize their full potential. There are eligibility requirements and an application process. Over 175 online courses are available in Math, Science, Technology & Engineering, English & Language, Arts & Humanities and Leadership & Service. Offerings include family-oriented live, cohort-based and self-paced models.
The Acceleration Institute at the Belin-Blank Center at The University of Iowa provides information on research and practices concerning academic acceleration. Also includes ways of moving a student ahead to more challenging coursework. You can download two free publications from the site.
"A Nation Deceived," which is a report summarizing research and best practices on academic acceleration. Includes practices for challenging academically talented youth.
"A Nation Empowered," which is an update of the previous. It tells how we have applied what we have learned from the research.
Sponsored by the University of Iowa, this site is for parents, educators, policymakers, and researchers. The Acceleration Institute was first established under the name "The Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (IRPA)." It explains 18 different methods of academic acceleration, including Early Admission to Kindergarten and/or First Grade, Grade-Skipping, Subject-Matter Acceleration, Curriculum Compacting, Telescoping, Curriculum Correspondence Courses, Advanced Placement Courses, and Concurrent/Dual Enrollment."
The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization created by parents of gifted children. The mission of the Chicago Gifted Community Center is to facilitate educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families. This organization helps to unify different local organizations whose sole purpose is to serve directly the needs of local gifted families and to link them all together in a community.
The Illinois Association for Gifted Childrenempowers educators, families and communities by advancing effective practices, programs and policies to promote the development of gifted and talented children throughout Illinois.
It is the vision of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children that the diverse expression of gifts and talents of all individuals are valued by society. Responsibility for nurturing, encouraging, and supporting the full development of potential in gifted children is accepted and shared by their families, educators, and communities. The association offers various parent education opportunities throughout the year, including participation in an annual conference and a summer workshop.
Priorities of the IAGC include:
To advocate for all children with gifts and talents.
To support educators in aligning professional practice with NAGC standards.
To provide opportunities for professional learning related to all children with gifts and talents.
To engage and empower families and communities to support the needs of children with gifts and talents.
To increase understanding throughout the State of Illinois regarding topics that impact children with gifts and talents.
To address the excellence gap through diversity, equity and inclusion.
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)is an organization of parents, teachers,educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences. Parenting for High Potential is the quarterly magazine designed for parents who want to make a difference in their children's lives, who want to develop their children's gifts and talents, and who want to help them develop their potential to the fullest.
Prufrock Press is the nation’s leading publisher supporting the education of gifted and advanced learners. Our line of more than 500 titles offers teachers and parents exciting, research-based ideas for helping gifted, advanced, and special needs learners. Parents look to Prufrock for the latest in support as they raise bright children. From showing ways to raise happy, successful, bright learners, to offering strategies for building social skills among kids, Prufrock supports involved parents of gifted learners.
SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted, talented and twice-exceptional people, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, and workplaces by offering the gifted community support and guidance through education, research, and connection.