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Resources for Parents

Numerous resources are available today that provide information and advice about gifted education and gifted kids; it can be daunting to select only one or two. We have listed those resources which we have personally found to be useful in living and working with gifted individuals.

For a more focused list, choose a subcategory below.

Education is one of the biggest concerns parents have when it comes to their children, frequently to a higher degree for parents of gifted children. In general, a school that recognizes your child's high potential, and rewards intellectual effort and risk taking can prepare children well for future endeavors and successes. Just as all gifted children are not the same, there is no "best" school/program for the gifted. When considering a school or program for your child, consider your child's social, emotional, and physical development as well as intellectual development.

Consider your child's unique traits and your family's lifestyle preferences when evaluating schools. Some children will thrive in an atmosphere of high achieving competitive students; whereas, others will thrive in schools that are more self paced, or less "grade" oriented. For many families, education is experienced as a series of opportunities that change as the child grows and changes.

The most important thing to keep in mind while contemplating your child's educational needs is balance between their intellectual, social, physical, and emotional well being. Children should be able to have a positive attitude regarding effort, challenges, and learning. In addition to different types of schools and programs, there are also various methods for adapting standard state curriculum to better meet your gifted child's educational needs.

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Gifted Friendly Service Providers


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Reid Day School/Lisa Reid, Ed.D.
(949) 680-9592

Dr. Lisa Reid is an upper elementary curriculum and instruction specialist for twice-exceptional students, and the founder of Reid Day School. She possesses an extensive background in education where she has served as a researcher, a teacher and an administrator.

Holding a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Gifted Education, Reid has spent nearly a decade in the K-12 teaching system. Prior to founding RDS, she was a learning specialist for twice exceptional students at Los Angeles’ Bridges Academy.

Schools


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Bridges Academy
(818) 506-1091

Bridges Academy is an independent college preparatory school (Grades 4-12) for gifted students who learn differently.

Our innovative programs meet the needs of complex, neurodiverse learners, unlocking potential and helping students develop the skills, confidence, and resiliency needed to become architects of their own lives.

The Bridges model promotes 21st-century skills and provides a broad arts and sciences foundation, opportunities for extensive talent development, and comprehensive student-profiles that guide curriculum design for bright, curious explorers with a wide range of strengths and interests.

With creative teachers and like-minded peers, a day in the life of a Bridges student is challenging, social, relevant, and fun.


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL)
(800) 888-5966

Founded in 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) is recognized worldwide for innovative programs that help students with learning differences to succeed at the college level. Each IAL student is assigned to a learning advisor who, in conjunction with the institute’s support team, develops an Individualized Learning Plan — a completely integrated, comprehensive roadmap for the student’s progress through college. The ILP draws from the institute’s extensive menu of services, determining which will benefit and support the student’s learning process. It is a living and evolving document that changes regularly as a result of ongoing consultation between the student, their learning advisor and the student’s course instructors.


Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL)
(800) 888-5966

Founded in 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) is recognized worldwide for innovative programs that help students with learning differences to succeed at the college level. Each IAL student is assigned to a learning advisor who, in conjunction with the institute’s support team, develops an Individualized Learning Plan — a completely integrated, comprehensive roadmap for the student’s progress through college. The ILP draws from the institute’s extensive menu of services, determining which will benefit and support the student’s learning process. It is a living and evolving document that changes regularly as a result of ongoing consultation between the student, their learning advisor and the student’s course instructors.


Reid Day School/Lisa Reid, Ed.D.
(949) 680-9592

Dr. Lisa Reid is an upper elementary curriculum and instruction specialist for twice-exceptional students, and the founder of Reid Day School. She possesses an extensive background in education where she has served as a researcher, a teacher and an administrator.

Holding a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Gifted Education, Reid has spent nearly a decade in the K-12 teaching system. Prior to founding RDS, she was a learning specialist for twice exceptional students at Los Angeles’ Bridges Academy.


Reid Day School/Lisa Reid, Ed.D.
(949) 680-9592

Dr. Lisa Reid is an upper elementary curriculum and instruction specialist for twice-exceptional students, and the founder of Reid Day School. She possesses an extensive background in education where she has served as a researcher, a teacher and an administrator.

Holding a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Gifted Education, Reid has spent nearly a decade in the K-12 teaching system. Prior to founding RDS, she was a learning specialist for twice exceptional students at Los Angeles’ Bridges Academy.

Speakers


Dr. Melanie Hayes, Big Minds/Assessment Clinic/Educational Consulting
(510) 815-0341

Dr. Melanie Hayes has made it her life’s work to help twice exceptional children find their niche and work to their strengths. To that end, she created Big Minds Unschool, a microschool for 2e children that lets them learn without limits through mentoring and supporting their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. She writes, speaks, and educates about the needs and characteristics of 2e persons. You can read/listen to her articles and interviews in journals, such as the "2e Newsletter," and on podcasts and vlogs, such as "Dyslexia Quest" and "For the Love of Learning." You can also read more in her book, "We Tried Normal," available on Amazon, and see what she is doing at her unschool by going to her website: bigmindsunschool.org

Speaking topics include: any aspect of twice exceptionality


Reid Day School/Lisa Reid, Ed.D.
(949) 680-9592

Dr. Lisa Reid is an upper elementary curriculum and instruction specialist for twice-exceptional students, and the founder of Reid Day School. She possesses an extensive background in education where she has served as a researcher, a teacher and an administrator.

Holding a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Educational Psychology and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a secondary emphasis in Gifted Education, Reid has spent nearly a decade in the K-12 teaching system. Prior to founding RDS, she was a learning specialist for twice exceptional students at Los Angeles’ Bridges Academy.

Colleges


Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL)
(800) 888-5966

Founded in 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning (IAL) is recognized worldwide for innovative programs that help students with learning differences to succeed at the college level. Each IAL student is assigned to a learning advisor who, in conjunction with the institute’s support team, develops an Individualized Learning Plan — a completely integrated, comprehensive roadmap for the student’s progress through college. The ILP draws from the institute’s extensive menu of services, determining which will benefit and support the student’s learning process. It is a living and evolving document that changes regularly as a result of ongoing consultation between the student, their learning advisor and the student’s course instructors.