- 630 Code
- SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)
- Dominican University
- Prufrock Press
- Hoagies Gifted
- The Acceleration Institute
- The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)
- Northwestern Center for Talent Development
- The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
- The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center For Creativity
- The Chicago Gifted Community Center
- The Illinois Association for Gifted Children
Formerly "Elmhurst Coding Camp", 630 Code is now in its fourth year of teaching students from the Chicagoland area about Computer Science, Robotics, and the importance of creating an inclusive STEM community. We have taught over 150 students over both Summer and Winter break camp sessions. We have loved seeing students grow a passion for computer science and hope we can continue to encourage that passion for many more students this summer!
See summer 2020 - online classes for grades 3-9, June 15-17. 630Code is offering five 60 minute classes including Intro Scratch and Build a Cheese Puff Game for just $15. Register here. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amelia at (630) 632-1650.
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.
Website: http://www.sengifted.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
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, email@example.com, to join the email list and receive email blasts announcing program updates.
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. https://www.prufrock.com/parenting_resources.aspx
STEMDuPage.com is 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.
The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?”
WeUseMath.org is 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.
Hoagies is the "All Things Gifted" resource for parents, educators, administrators, counselors,psychologists, and even gifted kids and teens themselves! Your kids will love it as much as you will. http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/
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 Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is a non profit organization, serving children between the ages of 2 and 18 nation-wide. It provides the following services:
- Customized programs that match each child’s unique talents with appropriate mentors, schools and other learning resources
- Advocates for all children regardless of race, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, age, geography or educational background
- Gives a voice to gifted youth, “dispelling myths and educating the public on the facts about gifted individuals”
- Consulting for parents, families and educators
- Gifted resource center
Northwestern Center for Talent Development provides a unique array of advanced and gifted programs for academically talented students of all ages.
Talent Search Assessment (NUMATS test grades 3-9)
Weekend Programs (age 3 to 8th grade; locations vary: Evanston, Palatine, Naperville, Northbrook, Chicago)
Prek -grade 5: 1 week courses, locations vary (Chicago, Skokie, Naperville, Lake Forest.
Grades 4-6: 2 week courses located at Evanston Campus
Grade 6-8: 3 week courses located at Evanston Campus
Grades 9-12: 3 week courses located at Evanston Campus
Online Programs (K to 12th grade)
Service Learning Programs (7th to 12th grade)
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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. http://www.nagc.org/
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, Sandburg MS, Elmhurst College, among others and in 2019 opened an Elmhurst branch at 533 West Avenue.
SUMMER 2020: FREE online Center for Gifted enrichment classes - NEW! We have been posting free online classes offering tips for parents on creating a homeschool that appeals to their children. Summer Programs (based on Phase III) are now open for registration. Online courses will be available starting mid-June. Questions and/or feedback? Contact Vickie Kiamco, at Center for Gifted/Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity.
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. http://chicagogiftedcommunity.org
The Illinois Association for Gifted Children empowers 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.