Other Websites and Contacts

The people who are concerned about the needs of the gifted belong to a very generous community. There is a great deal of information available at no cost through various web sites. Educational Options has provided links to specific excellent web sites where you can find more information and resources.

In Minnesota, contact any of the following:

Edina Center for Academic Excellence ( ECAE's mission is to empower and inspire high-potential learners to achieve world-class academic excellence by providing guidance and unique, challenging opportunities in a supportive learning community.

Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented ( Minneapolis, MN, 952-848-4906. Membership includes an excellent 5 times a year newsletter and a listserv for connecting with other parents of gifted.

Minnesota Educators for Gifted and Talented ( This site includes links to other important sites and references for those interested in learning more about giftedness and gifted education issues.

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (   This program provides an educational community where diverse, intellectually curious students can experience the excitement of learning and expand their academic and social visions.

Minnesota Mensa ( for gifted children and adults. This is a high IQ society that offers a myriad of activites and opportunities.

Most states have gifted organizations. Many states have departments of gifted and talented in their departments of education. These organizations offer resources without regard to location.

American Mensa, Ltd. ( Membership is for people who have scored at or above the 98th percentile on a recognized standardized test. There are local chapters, state newsletters, national journal, etc. and many regular activities and gatherings of members.

Born to Explore ( A parent run site dedicated to giving information and answering questions about ADD and ADHD. Many gifted children are informally misdiagnosed by parents and teachers as being hyperactive or distractible. Explore this site before you come to that conclusion yourself.

BrightKids Listserv (   The BrightKids elist is a discussion group for parents, guardians and others interested in raising and educating bright children, and it is open to the public.

Davidson Institute ( This organization is dedicated to serving the needs of profoundly gifted young people.

Genius Denied ( This site contains an array of gifted and talented resources, including articles, and a state policy database of information regarding gifted and talented education policies across the U.S.

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page ( This site leads to a number of other sites and is a great starting point.

Homeschool Diner.  This site contains a wealth of information that will be helpful to families, whether they are new to homeschooling or have been homeschooling for some time. There are articles, curriculum ideas, and links to online resources, as well as helpful suggestions and friendly advice.

IDEAL Solutions® for Math Acceleration. This new web-based system from the Belin-Blank Center provides a roadmap for meeting your child’s needs in math. Based on test scores and demographic information, IDEAL Solutions®creates a customized six-to-eleven-page report analyzing your child’s current aptitude in math and suggesting a future course of action.

Mensa for Kids ( This site offers articles, games and activities for bright children. It also posts helpful resources for parents and teachers.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)This is the national organization for educators and parents that specifically represents the educational interests of gifted children in the United States. Start your search with the page for finding your own state and area contacts and groups at NAGC has special membership rates for parents when the parent first joins their own local affiliate.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted ( This site contains articles, links, conference information, and provides research and speaker grant money.

Talent Development ( An interesting and useful site developed and maintained by Douglas Eby, this site explores talent development, especially over a lifetime. It is a very useful site dealing with adult gifted and talented, as well as the numerous important issues that face real people.

The Educator’s Reference Desk ( This replacement for the ERIC web site has informative, research based articles. After accessing the site, click on "sites" and then "disabilities and gifted education."

University-based programs:

Connecticut:  Neag Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development (, at the University of Connecticut, this site gives information compiled by experts and researchers in the field.

Illinois:  Center for Talent Development ( at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. for academically talented students in grades pre k-12. is an accredited learning center and research facility that has been serving gifted students, their families and educators for nearly 30 years. It's programs include the Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) for grades 3 through 9, which is a challenging above-grade-level testing program using the ACT®, SAT® and EXPLORE® tests.

Iowa:  Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa. The Belin-Blank Center has established a national and international reputation for its research, training, and service. It offers a wide variety of development programs for students and professionals.

Minnesota: The University of Minnesota School of Mathematics Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP) ( enrichment programs in mathematics during the school year for students in grades 5 to 7. There are also summer enrichment programs for students entering grades 3 to 12.

There are a number of sites that sponsor competitions, summer programs, and other opportunities for highly intelligent and interested students. Please visit some of these for more information:

Abby Road Programs ( Abby Road develops summer pre-college and study abroad programs for high school students that facilitate cross-cultural understanding and enrichment by providing cultural immersion, intensive language study, college preparation, exposure to new academic subjects, travel excursions, and recreational adventure.

Academic Study Associates (   Academic Study Associates has been successfully running academic programs for high school students in the United States and Europe since 1983. From Barcelona to Berkeley, ASA’s pre-college and cultural immersion programs balance expert instruction, scheduled activities, travel and freedom to foster greater independence and personal growth.

Epsilon Camp (  A three-week summer residential camp for the exceptionally and profoundly gifted, age 8 to 10 years who love math. (Students must be under the age of 11 during the camp.)

The Gurian Institute ( The Gurian Institute, co-founded by Michael Gurian, is a training organization focused on providing schools, homes, workplaces, and community agencies with crucial understanding of how boys and girls learn and grow, and women and men work and lead. The ultimate mission of the Institute is to help all dynamic environments better serve the individual needs of both genders.

Let's Get Real ( is an academic competition and an opportunity for teams of students to gain experience working on real business challenges. Corporate sponsors supply real challenges for which teams submit solutions in business format.

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) ( serves academically gifted students in grades 4 through 8 during seven sessions in five states. "The program combines remarkable academic learning experiences with cultural, social, and recreational opportunities" at Vassar College, Bryn Mawr College, Drew University, Amherst College, and Oberlin College for residential 3-week programs.

Summer Study Programs ( offers pre-collegiate programs for high school students at Penn State University, The University of Colorado at Boulder, and The American University of Paris.

Destination ImagiNation Kid Powered-Team Driven! Join thousands of kids and volunteers by becoming part of the world's largest creative problem-solving program.

Pre-College ( summer programs for high school students in Providence, RI. Also have special scholarship opportunities.

Intern Exchange International ( An intern exchange program for high school students between the US and London, England. Includes a wide, diverse range of topics from arts, to technology, to business.

Global Reach ( Experiential summer adventure programs that provide unique opportunities for teenagers to work and grow together in an active, hands-on environment. Includes opportunities in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Honduras, the Amazon and Galapagos, the Sinai, Australia, and Solomon Figi which include land and water experiences. Marine biology accredited.

Summer Fun ( Pre-College enrichment for high school students at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Connecticut, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, University of Vermont, and Cambridge University. College credit classes, enrichment courses, research mentorships, DiscoveryWorks Community Service, Intensive Theatre Program, College Counseling, Weekend Trips, Intensive Golf and Tennis, ESL and TOEFL Program.

Summer Fun Jr. Discovery ( 4 week enrichment programs for Middle School Students at UCLA, University of Michigan, and University of Vermont. Same website and contact number as above.

Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D. at Educational Options,, or call 763-521-4565.