Rated PG – Profoundly Gifted

Stories about geniuses seem to fascinate us. From “Rain Man” and “Temple Grandin” to “House” and “S-town,” people with extraordinarily high intelligence make for great characters. But what is life really like if you’re profoundly gifted, with an IQ of at least 160? And what’s it like living among the rest of us? In the…

Why are so many gifted children also highly sensitive?

It’s a scientific fact that 20% of the population is born with a gene that allows them to “process sensory data much more deeply and thoroughly” than other people do. We also know that a common thread that runs among gifted people is their ability to understand the world more deeply and thoroughly than others,…

Can Grade-Skipping Close the STEM Gender Gap?

Jane Charlton never intended to skip high school. “I was planning on just skipping ninth grade,” says the renowned astrophysicist, who spent her summers taking calculus classes at Carnegie Mellon University. “But when the school year was about to start, the teachers went on strike and my math professor said, ‘Why don’t you just start…

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

In his 2008 blockbuster, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell makes the case that a person’s age relative to his or her cohort is a key predictor of success. That is, the older you are in relation to your peers, the more likely you are to perform at an elite level in sports, to excel in school, and…

First-Ever Poll of Voters About Gifted Learners

First-Ever Poll of Voters About Gifted Learners Finds Strong Bipartisan Support For Increasing Funding and Resources for High-Potential Students. Washington, DC – At a gathering of gifted learning community leaders today in the nation’s capitol, a first-of-its-kind poll was released by the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), that finds overwhelming bipartisan public support for increased…

Booktalking “Gifted Children” by Ellen Winner

According to Winner, gifted children share three characteristics: precocity, insistence on marching to their own drummers and a rage to master. Savants show extraordinary ability to recall, calculate, and draw, but they do not creatively alter their domains. Gifted kids spend more time alone, which they need in order to develop their gifts. They tend…