Gifted Documents
Gifted Education Links
  • Cybraryman Gifted Resources
    This site contains dozens of links regarding all aspects of gifted education.
  • Belin-Blank Center, The University of Iowa's College of Education
    The mission of the Belin-Blank Center is to empower and serve the international gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy. The Belin-Blank Center is the international leader in research and advocacy on academic acceleration. Academic acceleration has been empirically validated as the most effective academic intervention for gifted students.
  • Great Potential Press: Guiding Gifted Learners
    The Mission of Great Potential Press is to publish quality books and materials, based on research and life experience, to guide parents and teachers through the world of giftedness. They strive to provide the necessary knowledge to support, encourage, and foster growth in gifted children and adults.
  • Hands On Equations
    Hands-On Equations is a supplementary program that can be used with any math curriculum to provide students with a solid foundation for success with algebra. It uses the visual and kinesthetic approach developed by Dr. Henry Borenson to demystify the abstract algebraic concepts. The verbal problem component enables students to concretize verbal problems and thereby solve them concretely or pictorially.
  • (Hu)mans: A Course of Study

    This archive contains the entire collection of pamphlets and booklets for children, as well as teacher’s instructional guides. Permission to use the materials non-commercially is granted by Education Development Center, and the films accompanying the written materials are available from Documentary Educational Resources.

    Man: A Course of Study, usually known by the acronym MACOS, was an American humanities teaching program, popular in America and Britain in the 1970s. It was based upon the theories of Jerome Bruner, particularly his concept of the "spiral curriculum". This suggested that a concept might be taught repeatedly within a curriculum, but at a number of levels, each level being more complex than the first. The process of repetition would thus enable the child to absorb more complex ideas easily.

    In MACOS, the concept was "the chain of life" or a "lifeline": the entire history of a living thing. The course started with a simple lifespan in the form of the Pacific Coast salmon. It then moved on to the more complex life form of the herring gull, introducing concepts such as nurturing. The lifespan of the baboon was next examined, particularly within the societal context afforded by the baboon troop. The differences between innate behaviour and learned behaviour were introduced. Finally, the study opened up into a study of a man's lifespan with a case study of Netsilik Inuit. This also included the interaction between the Netsilik and other life forms, such as reindeer and seals.

  • Royal Fireworks Press
    Publishers for Gifted & Talented Children: this site contains books and resources to purchase as well as free downloads and forums for support.
  • "Through These Eyes"-link to film
    An American elementary school program from the 1970s, Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), looked to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic to help students see their own society in a new way. At its core was The Netsilik Film Series, an acclaimed benchmark of visual anthropology from the National Film Board that captured a year in the life of an Inuit family, reconstructing an ancient culture on the cusp of contact with the outside world. But the graphic images of the Netsilik people created a clash of values that tore rifts in communities across the U.S. and revealed a fragile relationship between politics and education. A fiery national debate ensued between academic and conservative forces.

    Through These Eyes looks back at the high stakes of this controversial curriculum. Decades later, as American influence continues to affect cultures worldwide, the story of MACOS resonates strongly.
  • Violence Overload? Promoting Sensitivity to Human Suffering: The Case of Bosnia
    In 2011, REEEC (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center) brought together a group of scholars and educators to design a campus workshop to support secondary school teachers and community college faculty in developing curriculum material that addresses crimes of genocide. Reflecting on the case of the Bosnian War of the 1990s, the workshop explored the challenge of teaching students to think about the complex social and psychological dynamics of national, ethnic, and religious violence in a way that avoids reinforcing stereotypes about the social groups involved, and that promotes sensitivity to human suffering. This site provides access to the materials to teach this unit.