G/T Family Symposium Resources

  • On behalf of Houston ISD, the Gifted & Talented (G/T) department would like to thank you for attending the inaugural G/T Family Symposium, "Opening the GATES to Gifted Learning." The G/T department’s greatest desire is to educate, empower, and inform parents of ways to best meet the unique needs of their gifted and talented scholar. Please click on the links below to access the Symposium recordings and Power Points. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to email giftedandtalented@houstonisd.org

Support Organizations for the Gifted/Talented

  • Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT)
    The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) is an organization of educators and parents dedicated to meeting the unique needs of Gifted and Talented students. TAGT promotes the awareness of the unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of Gifted and Talented students in an effort to ensure that they are provided appropriate educational services. TAGT is a state organization that offers scholarships, a list of summer programs, and conferences.
    National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
    The National Association for Gifted Children is an organization of educators and parents dedicated to meeting the unique needs of Gifted and Talented students. NAGC is a national organization that offers informational resources.
    Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)
    SENG is dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. SENG is an organization of psychologists and specialists in Gifted Education that offers many resources for parents.
    Davidson Institute for Talent Development
    The mission of the Davidson Institute is to recognize, nurture, and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference. The institute is a nonprofit organization that provides fellowships for outstanding applicants and many resources for highly gifted students.
    The Association for the Gifted (TAG)
    The Association for the Gifted (TAG) was organized as a division of the Council for Exceptional Children in 1958. TAG plays a major part in helping both professionals and parents work more effectively with one of our most precious resources -- the gifted child.
    The Gulf Coast Chapter of Mensa
    The mission of the Gulf Coast Chapter of Mensa is the same as American Mensa Ltd, which is to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity, to encourage research in the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence, and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.


    Equity in G/T Education
    The goal of the Equity in Gifted/Talented Education project is to encourage equitable representation of student populations in G/T programs throughout the state. This site provides tools and resources for districts that can be used to inform local policies and assess and modify current services to meet community needs.

Other Organizations

  • Future Problem Solvers International
    FPSPI Mission: To develop the ability of young people globally to design and promote positive futures using critical, creative thinking.
    Academic Decathlon
    The Academic Decathlon® is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students.  Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 "A" or Honor students, 3 "B" or Scholastic students, and 3 "C" or Varsity students. 
    Odyssey of the Mind/Odyssey of the Mind-Texas
    Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.  Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of Literacy classics.  They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.  Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. www.odysseyofthemind.com.
    Odyssey of the Mind-Texas is an association in the international Odyssey organization.  Entirely run by volunteers, Odyssey of the Mind-Texas has a state board and six regions that run the Odyssey program in Texas, which includes tournaments, training, and selling pins and t-shirts. www.txodyssey.org
    Suggested Publishers and Readings
    Administrators, teachers, and parents can find excellent books to read on gifted education. Below are some suggested titles:
    • Independent Study Program by Susan K. Johnson
    • They Say My Kid's Gifted, Now What? by Richard F. Olenchak PhD
    • Barefoot Irreverence by James R. Delisle PhD
    • Raising Champions: A Parent Handbook for Nurturing Gifted Children by Micheal Sayler
    • The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Maureen Neihart, Sally Reis, Nancy Robinson, and Sidney Moon, editors
    • Freeing Our Families from Perfectionism by Thomas S. Greenspon PhD
    • The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids by Sally YahnkeWalker
    • Perfectionism by Miriam Adderholdt-Elliott, PhD
    • Growing Good Kids by Deb Delisle and JIm Delisle
    • Removing the Mask: Giftedness in Poverty by Paul Slocumb Ed.D
    • Hear Our Cry Boys in Crisis by Paul D. Slocumb Ed.D
    • Helping Gifted Children Soar by Carol A. Strip and Gretchen Hirsch
    • How the Gifted Brain Learns by Davis A. Sousa
    • Primary Education Thinking Skills by Jody Nichols, Sally Thomson, Margaret Wolfe, Dodie Meritt
    • Active Questioning by Nancy L. Johnson
    • Questioning Makes the Difference by Nancy L. Johnson
    • Smart Snips by Greta and Ted Rasmussen
    • OPQ Offbeat Adventures with the Alphabet by Greta Rasmussen
    • Letter Getters for Language Development and Thinking Fun by Ted and Greta Rasmussen
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